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Crew members experienced a tragic event on the last day of filming. On September 11, 2015, stunt pilot Alan D. Purwin and his Venezuelan co-pilot, Carlos Berl, were killed when their small, twin-engine Aerostar plane crashed during foggy conditions in the Andes, near Medellin, Colombia. The pilots had just finished their work on the film prior to the crash, which left a sole survivor, Jimmy Lee Garland, who suffered serious injury. Ten minutes before the fatal crash, Tom Cruise had been aboard a helicopter taking the same route in similar weather conditions as the ill-fated flight.
The film's script was featured on the 2014 Black List of the most liked unproduced film scripts.
Mauricio Mejía who plays Pablo Escóbar appears in two seasons of the television series Narcos (2015), also about the Colombian cocaine cartels and set in the same time period as American Made, as a Colombian soldier, Castaño.
Tom Cruise's first R-rated film in 9 years (since Tropic Thunder (2008)).
The small town of Ball Ground, Georgia, was transformed into the real town of Mena, Arkansas for this movie. This is the largest event of a public nature and this type of grand exposure to occur in Ball Ground's history.
Since August 24th, Tom Cruise has been seen filming on location in Medellín, Colombia, and also on other Colombian towns that were real places where Barry Seal had to move when he was a pilot for the Medellin Cartel.
This is Tom Cruise's third biographical film, along with Born on the Fourth of July (1989) and Valkyrie (2008).
This began shooting under the title " Mena ".
Despite the presence of cocaine in the film, none of the characters are seen consuming it.
The airplane that Barry Seal was flying all the time (officially registered as N164HH, also seen in the movie on the tail of the airplane) crashed in real life (11 Sept. 2015) on the last day of the movie shoots causing 2 fatalities.
This film is the second collaboration between Tom Cruise and Edge of Tomorrow (2014) director Doug Liman.
Ron Howard was considered to direct but lost to Doug Liman.
The film went back into production in 2016 for additional photography and 2017 for reshoots
At the time of writing, the families of pilots Alan Purwin and Carlos Berl are suing the producers for the deaths of the two pilots on the last day of filming, alleging negligence on the part of the filmmakers. Both families are also suing each other and the surviving pilot Jimmy Lee Garland.
The real chef and owner of Les Bon Temps Louisiana Grill, Adam (featured in downtown Mena/Ball Ground), cooked the meal for the dinner at the Sheriff's house.
Tom Cruise has previously co-starred with Brendan Gleeson in Far and Away (1992), Mission: Impossible II (2000), and Edge of Tomorrow (2014). His son, Domhnall Gleeson, co-stars with Tom Cruise in American Made.
Mauricio Mejía the Colombian actor who portrays 'Pablo Escobar' in this film, also played the same role of Escobar in his beginnings; on the first episode of the Mega-Production of Caracol Televisión and Telemundo Pablo Escobar: El Patrón del Mal (2012).
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First time since 1999 Tom Cruise has had 2 leading roles in one year Eyes Wide Shut (1999) & Magnolia (1999).
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This was Doug Liman's third film to be shot in the 1.85:1 aspect ratio since Swingers (1996) and his first film to be shot digitally.
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The project was announced on January 14, 2015.
The film was shown in the widescreen 2.39:1 aspect ratio for its European theatrical run.
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The second of two films starring Tom Cruise to be released in 2017 beginning with The Mummy (2017). Both films are from Universal Pictures.
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First collaboration between Tom Cruise and Sarah Wright.
In one of the trailers Tom Cruise is ordered to land his plane. He is also ordered to land his plane in the opening scene of Top Gun (1986).
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Features the Iran-Contra affair senate hearings where Arthur L. Liman, father of director Doug Liman, served as chief counsel.
Body count: 2.

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