Two months later, the picture has reached and the United States - but in a shortened to twenty-five minutes version. For the sake of peace of mind of the American public, in particular out of the picture was cut line how Mathilda helped Leon in his "work", as well as all the implications, including the scene where she offered to become her lover Leon.
Whatever it was, it did not stop the film to gain cult status and is now considered by most audiences and critics the best work by Luc Besson. On the 20th anniversary of "Leon" we have decided to recall some facts from the history of one of the most moving tapes 1990s.
"Leon" was created as a filler
It's hard to believe, but the best film of Besson was conceived as a filler (filler). After the release of "Nikita", which became a breakthrough film for Besson, opening the way for him to foreign markets, he finally got a chance to come to grips with the project of his dreams - "Fifth Element". Besson even met with Bruce Willis, who was interested in the idea of the film. But investors still were not sure of the success of a very ambitious paintings, which at that time threatened to become (and eventually became) is not the most expensive Hollywood film in history. The negotiation process was delayed, and in order not to waste time, Besson decided something to occupy yourself by removing a quick a movie. They became "Leon". The script was written in just thirty days, the shooting took ninety days. And the result is still remembered.
Leon and Victor from "Nikita" - relatives
Who said that only Quentin Tarantino can build your personal kinovselennuyu where the characters of some of his films are relatives of the other characters? Luc Besson once mentioned that Victor cleaner that appears in the end of "Nikita", may be a distant relative of Leon. And it is difficult not to notice the similarities: both are assassins, dress similarly, are knitted hats and the same sunglasses. However, Victor is much more cruel and ruthless than its American cousin, and unlike it has no code of honor, prohibiting him to kill women.
Of course, the word Besson can be regarded as a kind of Easter egg for fans. But the fact remains - the plot of "Leon" was born just after Luc Besson, realizing the potential of such a character, Victor, was determined to investigate it in detail. These results and formed the backbone of "Leon».
Last Besson movie with Jean Reno
Many famous directors have their permanent actors, which they repeatedly shot in his films. Martin Scorsese was Robert De Niro and Leonardo DiCaprio have now. Kurt Russell starred in five films of John Carpenter. Christopher Nolan continues to regularly call Michael Caine in all of its new projects. Luc Besson was such permanent actor Jean Reno. Starring debut in black and white short film Besson "Penultimate" Reno then participated in all the films directed by 80's - early 90's, "Last Stand", "subway", "Big Blue" and "Nikita". "Leon" is the culmination of their collaboration, and to this day remains probably the most well-known role of the actor, as well as the last time, when they worked together on the set. After that they went a little way: of course, Reno starred in several films that Besson produced, but never again played in the movies, where he served as director.
"Leon" - Natalie Portman is the debut on the big screen
I wonder how many people when watching "Leon" think about the fact that the role of Matilda was the debut Natalie Hershlag, which is still just getting used to the name Portman in the film? Of course, the future actress had a certain theatrical experience, but the film was her completely unknown territory.
Also interesting is that Portman did not originally was casting "Leon" because at that time it had not yet turned and twelve, and the character of Matilda scenario was thirteen or fourteen years old. However, Portman, which already was not to occupy ambitions came to audition again and played the scene where Mathilde mourns his brother, was so struck by Besson, he finally gave her the role.
Of course, the parents were very concerned about Natalie adult content script. For example, they insisted that the film is not addictive and does not exhaled. Besson has agreed to this request, and if you carefully review the film, we can see that Portman really never lasted.