History Trivia / TheFifthElement

9th May '16 3:58:50 PM fearlessnikki
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* ActorAllusion:
** Ian Holm on a spaceship with a man called Dallas. At least this time he's [[{{Film/Alien}} stopping aliens instead of helping them]].
** The Diva's name translates as 'blue lagoon'. Milla Jovovich, who plays Leeloo, had starred in ''Film/ReturnToTheBlueLagoon''.



* CastTheExpert: Milla Jovovich is fluent in four languages, and so had little trouble learning the alien language written by Luc Besson. They were apparently able to have fluent conversations in the language by the end of filming.
* CastingGag: The man waiting impatiently at [=McDonald=]'s is played by Mac [=McDonald=].



* NonSingingVoice: Opera singer Inva Mula dubs the Diva's singing voice, while Maïwenn Le Besco portrays her. Reportedly Mula told the composer that the notes written for her were impossible, because the human voice cannot transition that way. The solution was for her to sing all the notes in isolation and then splice them together digitally.



** Elizabeth Berkley auditioned for the role of Leeloo, but studios were reluctant to hire her after the disaster of ''Film/Showgirls''.

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** Elizabeth Berkley auditioned for the role of Leeloo, but studios were reluctant to hire her after the disaster of ''Film/Showgirls''.''{{Film/Showgirls}}''.
** Ruby Rhod's name was originally Loc Rhod. The name appears in the original script and the novelisation.
** A set of alien garbage collectors were created for a shot that was cut from the final film. A huge pile of garbage has gone uncollected, which is still referenced in the film. The creatures would have been seen holding sandwich boards saying 'on strike' beside the garbage.
9th May '16 3:46:57 PM fearlessnikki
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* DyeHard: Creator/MillaJovovich's hair was to be dyed from its natural brown color to her character's signature orange color. However, due to the fact that her hair had to be re-dyed regularly to maintain the bright color, Milla's hair quickly became too damaged and broken to withstand the dye. Eventually a wig was created to match the color and style of Leeloo's hair, and was used for the remainder of the production.

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* DyeHard: DyeingForYourArt: Creator/MillaJovovich's hair was to be dyed from its natural brown color to her character's signature orange color. However, due to the fact that her hair had to be re-dyed regularly to maintain the bright color, Milla's hair quickly became too damaged and broken to withstand the dye. Eventually a wig was created to match the color and style of Leeloo's hair, and was used for the remainder of the production.


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* ThrowItIn: Bruce Willis ad-libbed the line "I only speak two languages - English and bad English."


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** Elizabeth Berkley auditioned for the role of Leeloo, but studios were reluctant to hire her after the disaster of ''Film/Showgirls''.
9th May '16 11:15:39 AM Circeus
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** Alert film buffs will note that Korben and Zorg never meet each other face to face. In an original draft of the script, Zorg would have faced Korben during the hotel evacuation, where the latter beat the crap out of the former for firing him and attacking Leeloo before stealing his ship (the ZF-1 was out of ammo). Zorg then survives the destruction of the hotel with the personal shield of the ZF-1, only to land in a massive glacier. He then calls his secretary to send another ship, only for the battery in his ZF-1 phone to fail.

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** Alert film buffs will note that Korben and Zorg never meet each other face to face. In an original draft of the script, Zorg would have faced Korben during the hotel evacuation, where the latter beat the crap out of the former for firing him and attacking Leeloo before stealing his ship (the ZF-1 was out of ammo).ammo, which resulted in Zorg's VillainousBSoD). Zorg then survives the destruction of the hotel with the personal shield of the ZF-1, only to land in a massive glacier. He then calls his secretary to send another ship, only for the battery in his ZF-1 phone to fail. That ending is featured in the novalization.
29th Apr '16 2:21:52 AM Freshmeat
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** Zorg's hapless assistant Right Arm (who operates the cockroach bug and impersonates Korben at the spaceport) is UK trip-hop artist Tricky. To be fair, Tricky's appearance is more like HeyItsThatGuy than TheCameo, especially given he lasted half the movie.
17th Apr '16 1:41:52 AM Morgenthaler
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* HeyItsThatGuy
** [[{{Amelie}} Nino]] wants da cash.
** [[Film/TheAdventuresOfBaronMunchausen Baron Munchausen]] is one of the unfortunate first victims of Mr Shadow.
** [[Film/TheLordOfTheRings Bilbo Baggins]] is Priest Vito Cornelius.
** General Munro used to be a [[Film/BladeRunner replicant]].
** General Munro wanted Korben to go to Phloston Paradise with [[Film/TheLivingDaylights Rosika Miklos]], but Korben wasn't interested. [[Film/StrikingDistance In a previous life, Munro and Dallas were Pittsburgh cops...]]
** Hey, that Mangalore dude at the airport is also an [[Film/HarryPotter Auror]]!
** That's nothing, Zorg is a Animagus!
** Leeloo got her ass-kicking skills from [[Film/ResidentEvil Alice]].
** Ruby Rhod used to be a [[Film/RushHour detective]].
** [[Film/{{Friday}} Smokey]] wisely avoids Deebo in the future.
** [[Series/RedDwarf Captain Hollister]] makes a short appearance as a cop.
** [[Series/TheXFiles The Well-Manicured Man]] tried to kill the Great Evil at the beginning.
** And then [[Film/{{Aliens}} Sgt. Apone]] takes over his position.
** And [[Series/AufWiedersehenPet Moxey]] as the chief scientist who recreates Leeloo.
** [[Film/TheresSomethingAboutMary Tucker]] went on to work on a spaceship after his Architect/Pizza gig didn't work out.
** The Archaeologist at the beginning is [[Film/DarkCity Uncle Karl]]!
** Korben's mother is uncredited, but speculated to be Jill Mullan.
8th Dec '15 9:22:16 AM MyFinalEdits
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* DungeonmastersGirlfriend: DoubleSubverted. Besson wanted his girlfriend to play Diva Plavalaguna, but she initially refused because she didn't want to complicate their relationship. It was only when the actress they hired backed out that she agreed.
** RomanceOnTheSet: The movie also marked the end of Besson's relationship with Maïwenn, given he ditched her for the film's main actress, Creator/MillaJovovich.

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* DungeonmastersGirlfriend: DoubleSubverted. Besson wanted his girlfriend to play Diva Plavalaguna, but she initially refused because she didn't want to complicate their relationship. It was only when the actress they hired backed out that she agreed.
** RomanceOnTheSet:
agreed. The movie also marked the end of Besson's relationship with Maïwenn, given he ditched her for the film's main actress, Creator/MillaJovovich.



* EnforcedMethodActing: The wonder on Bruce Willis' face when the diva sings is real. That was the first time he'd heard it.

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* EnforcedMethodActing: EnforcedMethodActing:
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The wonder on Bruce Willis' face when the diva sings is real. That was the first time he'd heard it.



* FakeAmerican: British actor Gary Oldman plays Zorg, a character who speaks with an extremely exaggerated southern US twang (illustrated by the line "Leave them one crate. For the cause." which is so heavily accented it comes out sounding like "For the course.")

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* FakeAmerican: FakeAmerican:
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British actor Gary Oldman plays Zorg, a character who speaks with an extremely exaggerated southern US twang (illustrated by the line "Leave them one crate. For the cause." which is so heavily accented it comes out sounding like "For the course.")



** General Munro wanted Korben to go to Phloston Paradise with [[Film/TheLivingDaylights Rosika Miklos]], but Korben wasn't interested.
*** [[Film/StrikingDistance In a previous life, Munro and Dallas were Pittsburgh cops...]]

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** General Munro wanted Korben to go to Phloston Paradise with [[Film/TheLivingDaylights Rosika Miklos]], but Korben wasn't interested.
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interested. [[Film/StrikingDistance In a previous life, Munro and Dallas were Pittsburgh cops...]]



* WhatCouldHaveBeen: Alert film buffs will note that Korben and Zorg never meet each other face to face. In an original draft of the script, Zorg would have faced Korben during the hotel evacuation, where the latter beat the crap out of the former for firing him and attacking Leeloo before stealing his ship (the ZF-1 was out of ammo). Zorg then survives the destruction of the hotel with the personal shield of the ZF-1, only to land in a massive glacier. He then calls his secretary to send another ship, only for the battery in his ZF-1 phone to fail.

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* WhatCouldHaveBeen: WhatCouldHaveBeen:
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Alert film buffs will note that Korben and Zorg never meet each other face to face. In an original draft of the script, Zorg would have faced Korben during the hotel evacuation, where the latter beat the crap out of the former for firing him and attacking Leeloo before stealing his ship (the ZF-1 was out of ammo). Zorg then survives the destruction of the hotel with the personal shield of the ZF-1, only to land in a massive glacier. He then calls his secretary to send another ship, only for the battery in his ZF-1 phone to fail.
16th Aug '15 8:34:44 PM LtFedora
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** All the societal elites that Ruby points out at the opera were originally going to have more to do during the shootout at the hotel.
20th Jul '15 11:06:38 AM nombretomado
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** The larger of the two cops getting their lunch at McDonalds is played by Mac [=McDonald=], well known (in the UK, at least) for playing Captain Frank Hollister, the ranking officer in charge of ''Series/RedDwarf''.

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** The larger of the two cops getting their lunch at McDonalds UsefulNotes/McDonalds is played by Mac [=McDonald=], well known (in the UK, at least) for playing Captain Frank Hollister, the ranking officer in charge of ''Series/RedDwarf''.
21st May '15 8:00:40 PM therealjackieboy
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** Originally, the film was going to star Creator/MelGibson, Creator/JuliaRoberts, and Music/{{Prince}}. More explained [[http://www.themarysue.com/fifth-element-original-cast/ here.]]
1st Apr '15 8:25:05 AM igordebraga
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* DyeHard: ''Creator/MillaJovovich'''s hair was to be dyed from its natural brown color to her character's signature orange color. However, due to the fact that her hair had to be re-dyed regularly to maintain the bright color, Milla's hair quickly became too damaged and broken to withstand the dye. Eventually a wig was created to match the color and style of Leeloo's hair, and was used for the remainder of the production.

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** RomanceOnTheSet: The movie also marked the end of Besson's relationship with Maïwenn, given he ditched her for the film's main actress, Creator/MillaJovovich.
* DyeHard: ''Creator/MillaJovovich'''s Creator/MillaJovovich's hair was to be dyed from its natural brown color to her character's signature orange color. However, due to the fact that her hair had to be re-dyed regularly to maintain the bright color, Milla's hair quickly became too damaged and broken to withstand the dye. Eventually a wig was created to match the color and style of Leeloo's hair, and was used for the remainder of the production.



** Korben's mother is uncredited, but speculated to be Jill Mullan.



* Korben's mother is uncredited, but speculated to be Jill Mullan
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