So I took a piece of paper and on the left I put everything I could do, or had skills for, and all the things I couldn't do. Having to wait for the big star to become available for the shoot, Besson sat down and wrote the script for Léon in only a month. It was commercially successful in Japan, being certified gold for 100,000 copies shipped in December 1999. Reno is quietly mesmerizing as Léon, offering everything he has to take care of this orphaned girl who quickly wins his heart. Even in a finale of extravagant violence, it manages to be maudlin … Mr.
This time he's more human. The final scene at the school was filmed at the in , New Jersey. Because of this, the movie received terrible test scores and Besson and producer Patrice Ledoux decided to cut the scene for the American theatrical release. Maybe Lucy just needed Gary Oldman to play the big bad guy. When his next-door neighbors are murdered, Leon becomes the unwilling guardian of the family's sole survivor - 12-year-old Mathilda Natalie Portman , but Mathilda doesn't just want protection; she wants revenge.
It is a well-directed film, because Besson has a natural gift for plunging into drama with a charged-up visual style. It was the breakout moment of Natalie Portman, who delivered a role so shockingly beautiful, nuanced and convincing given the fact she was only 11 at the time of the casting. Leon does not have sex with Mathilda, which would have been cinematically disastrous because Mathilda, who claims that she is 18, really only looks 12. EuropaCorp has had strong growth based on several English-language films, with international distribution. Eventually she develops an ambition to become a cleaner herself. All these mandates were followed if you watch the film closely. His English-language films , and , all starring , have been major successes, with Taken 2 becoming the largest-grossing export French film.
An enraged Stansfield confronts Tony, who is violently interrogated for Léon's whereabouts. Out of boredom, Besson started writing stories, including the background to what he later developed as 1997 , one of his most popular movies. In 2014, Somali-British director made his second directorial feature , a British action film. All of the Léon apartment interiors were shot in Paris. I just did it one take to make the director, Luc Besson, laugh. The following sequence takes exactly two minutes, making Stansfield quite punctual.
Portman's parents were worried about the smoking scenes in the film. So many of the movie's shoot-outs unfold so conveniently for him that they seem choreographed. Published by timothyrhaslett After 30 years in academia, with a Ph. The man eating the food is a mob boss, played by , who wants to put a contract on a guy. He won Best Director and Best French Director for his sci-fi action film 1997. During her audition, Besson asked Portman if she could do any celebrity impressions; what you see in the film is the entire arsenal that she presented to the director.
If some parts feel like Paris, well that's because it is. Another element of the ambiguity of the film is our reaction to both Mathilda and Leon. While the film was shot in both Paris and New York City, Besson has noted that Léon is first and foremost a New York movie. He then opens Léon's vest to find a cluster of active grenades which detonate, killing Stansfield. Or he can set a trap for them.
Otherwise I am going to die. This helps explain Besson's unique vision of New York City. Besson is known for his distinctive filmmaking style and is associated with what the movement critics call. Those 26 minutes were restored in the director's preferred cut, released in 1996 in France as and in the U. So let's remember Léon for the great movie it is with 20 things you may not know about the film or its production.
They were married in late 1992 when Le Besco was pregnant with their daughter , who was born on 3 January 1993. When Léon heads out for an apparent assignment, Mathilda fills a bag with guns from Léon's collection and sets out to kill Stansfield. She admitted that, at the time, she had never actually watched a Monroe movie. The couple divorced in 1991. For me this will include politics mainly Australian , films, books and the general cant, hypocrisy and stupidity that seems to infest public life. Leon wants nothing to do with the girl, but she insists, and attaches herself like a leech. He felt decidedly intimidated by Oldman and the physical proximity between the two made him very nervous.
Leon tries to keep his emotions completely suppressed, yet Matilda in an extraordinary performance by a young Natalie Portman, who is destined to become a very powerful actress into her adult life bring out in him a new-found joy for life that accompanies his growing paternal instincts. When the film was first tested in Los Angeles, the movie included a short scene where Mathilda asks Léon to be her lover. After this, he moved to the United States for three years, but returned to Paris, where he formed his own production company. History repeats itself, the first time as tragedy, the second time as farce. Truly, this is Oldman's finest performance to date, worthy of Oscar glory, though sadly forgotten.