Trivia: In every Final Fantasy video game, and the movie, there is a person named Sid (even though sometimes it's spelled with a 'c').
Trivia: On the news bulletin at the end, three of the bad guys are named as Solskjaer, Sheringham and Schmeichel - names also of three football players who at the time played for Manchester United. Director Peter Howitt is from Manchester.
Trivia: At the beginning, when Wyatt is "removing" Dujour, he says to the pilot, "Take the Chevy to the levee." I'm fairly certain this is a reference to Don McLean's song "American Pie," written for the death of Buddy Holly, a famous 1950 rock-and-roll singer. One of the lines in the song is, "...took my Chevy to the levee but the levee was dry."
Trivia: In the scene on the beach when Nicole is taking photos of Carlos, notice that when they are looking at the photo together she has red hair. That is because that scene was filmed later while filming Spiderman.
Trivia: In the gunfire scene at the prison, at the beginning of the movie, when the sergeant yells to two of his men "Woo, Scott, follow me," it is a clear joke from director James Wong to fellow moviemakers John Woo and Ridley Scott.
Trivia: At the end of the movie the match commentator gives the following speech: "Guards of Pentonville, guards of Wandsworth, Walton nick in Liverpool, policemen of Britain, traffic wardens and parole officers, wheel clampers, your boys have taken a hell of a beating today. A hell of a beating." This speech is a direct reference to Norwegian sports commentator Bjørge Lillelien who made British headlines, when Norway in 1981 beat England out of the world cup qualifier.
Trivia: During the scene where Zhang Zhiyi gets knocked out and Chris Tucker calls her, "a crazy a$$ b&%*h", that take was taken around 20 times due to the fact that Tucker was very conservative in trying to make up something to insult Zhang Zhiyi but not too bad. The director finally pulled Tucker aside and convinced him that he HAD to say something very insulting because of Zhang's character. And that's how the last take and the final cut for the insult was done.
Trivia: According to the main characters in the film, the name for their particular group of friends, "Charolastras," came from a misunderstanding and bad pronunciation of the lyrics to the Clash song "Should I stay or should I go."
Trivia: If the final scene of the movie (at the birthday party) seemed a little "off," that's because it was shot by a different cinematographer. Jon and Vince weren't satisfied with previously shot endings, and agreed to give up their entire salaries for the whole movie, in order to pay for this ending.
Trivia: The character, Ivor Novello, played by Jeremy Northam, was a real-life actor and composer. Six of his songs were included in Gosford Park's soundtrack. His film, "The Lodger" that Lady Constance mentions as being a flop, was a real movie directed by Alfred Hitchcock, based on Jack the Ripper.
Trivia: "Evolution" was originally written as a serious sci-fi thriller by writer Don Jakoby. When Ivan Reitman signed on to direct, he felt the concept would make for a good ensemble comedy, similar to his film "Ghostbusters." Jakoby actually liked the idea of reworking the film into a comedy so much, he stayed with the project and assisted in re-writes.
Trivia: It's interesting that a cowpuncher like Rafe Covington would carry an assortment of weaponry that requires 5, yes, 5 different calibers of ammunition. .45 shorts for his "Schofield", .44 shorts for his 1872 Colt, .44-40's for his 1873 Winchester, .45-60's for his other Winchester, and .45-70's for his scoped Sharps.
Trivia: In the scene where the biker gang pulls up next to the 59 Caddy, look closely at the Caddy's license plate. It says '3KMTG', 3000 miles to Graceland.