“The Fifth Element” is one of those 90s movies you can’t help but watch over and over again. It was really a sci-fi flick that was ahead of its time. Here are 6 things you didn’t know about the movie.
Luc Beeson Wrote the Story When He Was a Teen
He was 16 when he wrote this story in France. A lot of it didn’t make sense, but he was certainly onto something big. Veteran screenwriter, Robert Mark Kaman, was brought in to make sense of the story. In the end, they had a 180-page script of something huge.
Milla Jovovich’s Hair Fell Out
In the early stages of the film, the hairdressers left the heat too long, which led to extreme hair loss. From that point on, her character Leeloo had to have a wig for her flaming orange hair.
Most Expensive Film Outside the USA
This was at a time that CGI was still very new and super expensive. This film needed a lot of visual effects to pull off that futuristic look. Luckily, the film made twice the cost of production.
The Cast Thought Bruce Willis Was Going to Be a Nightmare
Everyone in the crew was lectured that Willis had rules. However, he was a delight to work with. Not to mention, he threw the cast a big party after the film shoot was over.
Based On French Comics
A lot of inspiration came from different comic books, such as “Valérian and Laureline” and “Métal Hurlant.”
Prince and Other Stars Were Originally Supposed to Be in the Movie
Julia Roberts and Mel Gibson were originally meant to star in the film. Also, Prince was supposed to play the role that Chris Tucker ended up playing, Ruby Rhod. However, Prince thought it was too effeminate and he didn’t get off to a good start with the designer, Jean-Paul Gaultier.