The shooting in the printing shop was filmed on November 18, 2016, just under 400 meters away from the Adlon Hotel, where simultaneously a gala dinner was being attended by U.S. President Barack Obama, German chancellor Angela Merkel, and other European heads of government. Just prior to the shooting of the scene, three stray-looking 'tourists' were found on the set and were nearly thrown out. They revealed themselves as federal agents. After having a short talk with the special effects people, filming was allowed to proceed Eventually one of the Thompson M1928A1 .45 caliber sub-machine guns was even allowed to be fired outdoors.
The Trotskyists hail themselves as part of the Fourth International. This was only formed in 1938, after Trotsky's followers abandoned hope of winning control within the Third International.