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  • Actor-Inspired Element: In one scene, Gib mentions an incident where he came home to find that his ex-wife had left him and taken everything from their home, including the ice cube trays in the freezer. This is based on an incident that really happened when Tom Arnold split with his ex-wife, Roseanne Barr. Which makes his next line, "What kind of sick bitch takes the ice cube trays out of the freezer?" a Take That!.
    • Becomes a bit Harsher in Hindsight when Tom Arnold was later outed as a misogynist and racist, meaning that there's likely quite a good reason someone would want to make a point of leaving him completely and utterly.
  • Career Resurrection: This gave Arnold Schwarzenegger a much-needed hit after the high-profile flop Last Action Hero.
  • Creator's Favorite Episode: Tom Arnold has said this is his favorite movie he's ever been in. Jamie Lee Curtis called the film "without question, the greatest experience of my professional life so far."
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  • Creator's Favorite: Tia Carrere named this as her favorite role of all time "because I got to be a villain."
  • Development Hell:
    • The sequel, which now may or may not become a television series instead. In 2010 there was talk of the film being rebooted as a television series, with John Cena playing Harry. But the project never actually entered production.
    • This is the case for the Blu-ray. The film was released on VHS and DVD, but the former was full-screen (common for VHS), and the latter was a non-anamorphic release with zero special features. There have been rumors of a Blu-ray re-release for a decade, but so far the only HD release is on D-VHS (a tape-based format that displayed 1080P).
  • Dyeing for Your Art: Jamie Lee Curtis exercised every day to prepare for this role.
  • Edited for Syndication: Naturally, some of the edgier dialogue had to be edited for TV. One of the most notable ones is when Simon's going on about Helen: In the theatrical version, he says "She's got the most incredible body, and a pair of titties that'll make you stand up and beg for buttermilk. Ass like a ten year old boy!" - this was replaced with a different line on TV.
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  • Fake Nationality: Art Malik, who plays Aziz, is a Pakistani-born British actor, Faisil is played by American-Jewish actor Grant Heslov, and of course Arnold trying to pass off as an American with the surname "Tasker" takes a little bit of Willing Suspension of Disbelief. However, that last one can be explained away: Tasker is actually German or Austrian, and has taken on the persona as part of his cover. During the truth serum scene, the more the serum influences Harry, the thicker his accent gets.
  • Fatal Method Acting: Averted. Arnold Schwarzenegger had a near-fatal accident on set during the horse riding scene, when his horse got startled and ran out of control. Schwarzenegger managed to slide off the horse, but did this near a 30-foot drop-off. His personal stunt man saw what happened and was able to grab him before he went over the ledge.
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  • He Also Did: Armen Ksajikian, who portrayed Juno's chauffeur, has performed as a cellist on several film scores, including this film.
  • Missing Trailer Scene: The theatrical trailer shows two deleted scenes; Harry's boss Spencer talking on phone and saying "Mr. President, one of our best men is inside" and additional scene between Juno and Harry where she tries to seduce him while Gib is talking to him over the radio.
  • Money, Dear Boy: Art Malik took the role of Aziz because he had been out of work for 14 months and owed a considerable amount of money to the Inland Revenue.
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  • Orphaned Reference: In an early version of the script, Harry discovers Dana ditching school to sing in her boyfriend's band. While Harry drives Dana back to school, they sing the song she was doing ("Sunshine of Your Love" by Cream) when he walked in on her. Both scenes were cut from the movie. Instead, you can faintly hear the song playing on Dana's Walkman in the scene before her boyfriend picks her up for school.
  • Reality Subtext: James Cameron was going through a divorce around the same time as filming this movie. This may explain the premise as well as some of the cringe-inducing dialogue.
  • Release Date Change: The film was planned to be released on July 1, 1994, but it was eventually moved to July 15.
  • Stillborn Franchise: A sequel was in the works that would have reunited all the main cast members, but the 9/11 attacks put the sequel on hold and it was eventually cancelled. James Cameron would later comment:
    "In this day and age, terrorism just isn't funny anymore."
  • Throw It In!:
    • Word of God says that Curtis's slip and fall during the stripper dance wasn't scripted, and you can even see Arnold jumping out of the chair to see if she's alright. She instead got right back up and continued the dance, so Arnold sits back down quickly. Luckily, all of this is perfectly in character (Helen was shown to be clumsy before, and especially so under such circumstances and under stress, Harry would obviously be concerned about his wife, and then hastily attempt to maintain The Masquerade when the show goes on) and it ends up as one of the funniest scenes of the movie.
    • During the ending dance scene Helen again slips and falls, Jamie Lee Curtis was so exhausted from rehearsals and filming it over and over she could no longer hold herself up.
    • Arnold broke the wrong window in the confrontation scene between himself and Tom Arnold. So yeah, that's Da Governator's fist shattering a real car window as if it were made with Soft Glass. Tom Arnold’s surprised reaction isn’t acting.
  • Troubled Production: Despite the crew encountering a major earthquake while shooting in Van Nuys in January 1994 and filming being completed two weeks behind schedule in late March, this appeared to be a relatively smooth production for James Cameron at the time. However, the film was suddenly mired in controversy in 2018 when Eliza Dushku accused the film's stunt coordinator Joel Kramer of sexually abusing her after gaining the trust of the 12 year old's family, being so brazen as to publicly nickname her "Jailbait" on the set. She also alleged that a stunt that went wrong and hospitalized her with broken ribs was actually a deliberate piece of sabotage by Kramer after an adult friend of Dushku's confronted him, as a threat to do even worse if she told anyone else. Cameron was quick to give his support to the accusations, saying he would have had "no mercy" for Kramer if he'd had any idea what was happening.
  • Voice-Only Cameo: James Cameron can be heard as the helicopter pilot who says, "Yeah she's got her head in his lap, Yahoo!"
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