The Fifth Element

Trivia: When composer √Čric Serra showed Inva Mula, the Albanian soprano who was going to sing the Diva Dance, the sheet music for that part, apparently she laughed and said that it was impossible for the human voice to switch from high to low notes that quickly. She got her way: The part that ended up in the film is not a single piece of audio, rather it's several pieces stitched meticulously together.


Trivia: When the priest states that he has a theory on the advancing planet near the beginning of the film, the president tells him that he has '20 seconds.' Cornelius gives his theory - which takes exactly 20 seconds.

Trivia: The Diva Plavalaguna's name was used as an inside joke referencing Milla Jovovich's second film, "Return to Blue Lagoon" (plava laguna means "blue lagoon" in Serbo-Croatian).


Trivia: Luc Besson thought about the story when he was in high school.

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Trivia: In the movie, the bizarre Divine Language that Leeloo speaks was invented by Milla Jovovich and director Luc Besson. Milla Jovovich is multi-lingual, and by the end of filming the movie, the two of them had learned to speak it fluently, even engaging in full conversations in the language.


Trivia: The real name of one of the policeman that is waiting in front of the McDonalds is Mac Macdonald.

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Trivia: Interesting and fun to watch for: As a visual representation of their exact opposites, Zorg usually has a large circle behind him, whereas Korben usually has a large rectangle behind him during important scenes involving major decisions by their characters.


Trivia: When the shuttle leaves Earth to go to Fhloston Paradise, the flashes behind the shuttle have the same shape as Gaumont's logo. Gaumont is the company that produced this film.

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Trivia: At first, the film was supposed to be filmed in France but there were no studios big enough so they had to transfer the production to London.

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Trivia: When Leeloo is fleeing from the cops and is startled by the elevator that goes down past her, on the roof of a grey bus passing along side it, you can see "KG62" written on it. "KG" are Karen Goulekas' initials, the film's digital effects supervisor, and "62" is her birth year. This is confirmed on the DVD's visual effects commentary.


Trivia: During the opening credits, when the Earth rotates from the bottom of the screen to the left, listen carefully to the music. It is the same music played just after the Klingon ship goes back in time to 1986 in Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (right after the heads of the Enterprise crew morph on screen).


Trivia: Director Luc Besson originally wanted musician Prince to play the part of Ruby Rhod. However, Prince turned down the part only because (despite his own peculiar fashion sense) he felt the costumes designed for the character were a little too strange and effeminate for his tastes.


Trivia: Director Luc Besson wanted Bruce Willis for the part of Korben Dallas, but decided to go with a lesser-known actor in order to save money. Upon being informed, Willis told Besson that they could "work something out" if he liked the script. Willis read the script, loved it, and agreed to do the film for a reduced upfront paycheck.


Trivia: So much material was reportedly cut from the original script (which was hundreds of pages), that director Luc Besson and co-writer Robert Mark Kamen wanted to use the cut content as the basis for a sequel. However, according to Kamen, despite the film being profitable thanks to the international box office, the American box office was somewhat lower than expected, so the sequel was never made.


Trivia: Writer Robert Mark Kamen was brought in by the studio to help director Luc Besson with the script, which was hundreds of pages and contained numerous characters and subplots. Kamen took a meeting with Besson where he basically told him over and over that the script was unintelligible, angering Besson. Kamen thought he had burned the bridge, but to his surprise, Besson called him later and asked him to help rewrite the script. Kamen helped him condense it into a more acceptable length.


Trivia: The film was one of the first movies Sony released on the high-definition Blu-ray format in 2006. Unfortunately, the Blu-ray was considered a disaster due to a poor remaster that looked essentially indecipherable from the standard-def DVD. It was so widely hated that a year later, Sony released a replacement Blu-ray with a new HD remaster, and offered free copies to anyone who bought the original release. Thankfully this second Blu-ray was widely praised for its (much) better picture quality.


Trivia: At the beginning of the production, Milla Jovovich had her hair continuously dyed bright orange. But after her hair started falling out from becoming too damaged, she had to resort to wearing a wig for the rest of the shoot.

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Continuity mistake: When the police confront Leeloo on the side of the building, she raises her hands and we can see that they're covered in soot. She jumps off and lands in Korben's cab. When she comes to, she presses her hand against the glass, and her hand is magically clean. (00:32:35 - 00:33:20)

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Zorg: I don't like warriors. Too narrow-minded, no subtlety. And worse, they fight for hopeless causes. Honor? Huh! Honor's killed millions of people, it hasn't saved a single one. Tell you what I do like though. A killer. A dyed-in-the-wool killer. Cold blooded, clean, methodical and thorough.

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