ByMarlon McDonald, writer at
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Marlon McDonald

Luc Besson's wonderful Léon: The Professional is an absolutely fantastic movie in many ways. One of them being the auteur somehow managed to retain his usual disregard for logic, regarding the plot, though keeping the film tight, tense and incredibly heartwarming.

Besson had the honor of introducing us to the pocket rocket, ball of talent that was little Natalie Portman, he coerced a particularly creepy pantomime villain-esque performance out of Gary Oldman and, of course, Jean Reno's astonishing turn as the milk drinking, plant loving assassin.

But what really gets me is after 21 years the movie still feels fresh, exciting and wonderfully absurd. That has to be pure testament to Besson's mighty directorial attributes. Some members of the cast went on to glittering careers in Hollywood, and other's diminished somewhat. Through choice, or bad luck. Shall we have a little catch up with a few of them?

Time Flies: Léon: The Professional

Léon - Jean Reno

Did you know that Reno turned down the chance to play The Matrix's Agent Smith to be in 1998's Godzilla instead?

Last Seen In: Hector And The Search For Happiness

Stansfield - Gary Oldman

Did you know that Oldman performed a vocal duet with David Bowie on the track "You've Been Around."

Last Seen In: Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes

Mathilda - Natalie Portman

Did you know Portman was originally turned down for the role of Mathilda because she was too young?

Last Seen In: The Heyday Of The Insensitive Bastards

Tony - Danny Aiello

Did you know that Aiello played the father in the video for Madonna's hit single "Papa Don't Preach?"

Last Seen In: Reach Me

Mathilda's Mother - Ellen Greene

Last Seen In: Hannibal (TV Series)

Mathilda's Father - Michael Badalucco

Last Seen In: Bones (TV Series)

Mathilda's Sister - Elizabeth Regen

Last Seen In: 2 Broke Girls (TV Series)


Who do you think has aged the best?


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