Trivia for The Foreigner
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- Nick Cassavetes was offered to direct.
- The film reunited Director Martin Campbell with Pierce Brosnan, after working together on GoldenEye (1995). This is also the second time Campbell worked with Cinematographer David Tattersall, after Vertical Limit (2000).
- First movie directed by Martin Campbell in six years. His previous film was Green Lantern (2011).
- Based on the book "The Chinaman" (1992) by Stephen Leather.
- Both Pierce Brosnan and Jackie Chan have separately starred in two versions of "Around the World in 80 Days." Brosnan was in the 1984 TV series and Chan in the 2004 movie.
- Both Jackie Chan and Pierce Brosnan have starred in different adaptations of "Around the World in 80 Days." Chan appeared in the 2004 theatrical film while Brosnan starred in the 1989 TV mini-series.
- Roadshow Films, the film's Australian distributor, dumped the local release, only putting the pic out in 17 cinemas in most major cities, thus the movie opened in its premiere weekend only on 12th place.
- Martin Campbell's first film shot digitally.
- This is Jackie Chan's second appearance in a movie with a former James Bond. Cannonball Run included Jackie and Roger Moore.
- Pierce Brosnan and Jackie Chan both have starred in two seperate versions of "Around the World in 80 Days." Brosnan n the 1984 TV series and Chan in the 2004 movie.
- Despite the change from the novel's original title of "The Chinaman", Quan is still referred to as such 6 times in the film.
- -This marked the first time in which Brosnan starred in a film directed by Martin Campbell since the 1995 film GoldenEye.
- Liam Hennessy (Pierce Brosnan) is clearly based on Northern Irish politicians Gerry Adams and Martin McGuinness. Adams was actively involved in the Irish republican movement, although he denies having been a member of the IRA (a claim contested by many). He later became the leader of Sinn Féin, the political branch of the IRA, and was heavily involved in establishing a lasting peace accord in Northern Ireland. Hennessy even shows physical resemblance to Adams (short gray hair, full beard, glasses). Adams was never deputy First Minister for Northern Ireland - that position was filled by Martin McGuinness. In the film, Hennessey describes a previous nickname, "Butcher of the Bogside" when referring to his terrorist past. Martin McGuinness was known as "Butcher of the Bogside".
- Jackie Chan sings the closing credits song "A Common Man"
- The line from the #1 trailer, after Jackie Chan says: "20,000 Pounds, ("that's all I have" is also omitted from the trailer) for the name of the bombers." the line "That's not how we do things here." spoken by Commander Richard Bromley Ray Fearon is not in the actual movie. Instead Commander Bromley responds with, "To be clear, these are vicious men who take pride in their atrocities... this is our work, not yours. You need to be patient." and Quan puts the money away.
- The film was banned in Northern Ireland, but it is available on Netflix.
- Dermot Crowley, who plays Hugh McGrath, also plays an IRA character named Jack Cullen in the SAS Action series Ultimate Force
- STXfilms did not receive any payment or other consideration or enter into any agreement, for the depiction of tobacco in this film.
- Roadshow Films, the picture's Australian distributor, effectively dumped the film in a dozen cinemas in major cities and spent little on advertising.
- Rory Fleck Byrne was trained by Jiu Jitsu Master Ross Kesirich for the fighting scenes.
- The number plates used on all the vehicles in England and Belfast do not follow the UK format and are obviously false.
- The name of Jackie Chan's role Quan Ngoc Minh suggests that he is a Vietnamese with Chinese origin, as "Quan Ngoc Minh" is a Vietnamese name but Quan is not a common Vietnamese surname (firstname and lastname are reversed in Asian culture, in Western format his name would be Minh Ngoc Quan").
- In February 2016, two reports were made to the London Metropolitan Police about a "terrorist attack" made on the Lambeth bridge, after many local citizens were not told about a controlled stunt explosion made on a double decker bus for this film.
- Quan only kills the IRA members involved with the bombing that killed his daughter, not any of Hennessey's men that try to stop him. He also doesn't kill the only female member, Maggie, who is instead killed by the police.
- -The filming in London of a scene involving the explosion of a bus on Lambeth Bridge caused widespread alarm, as people were not aware that it was a stunt.
- The bus explosion was tested in the car park of Artem Ltd the special effects company that did all the physical effects in the movie. When the bus exploded on Lambeth bridge there were two technicians on board to set it off.