The Recasting Couch Ep. 92: The Fifth Element

Fifth Element

The Fifth Element is plainly one of the greatest action movies of all time. It has the perfect blend of action, sci-fi, and comedy, and its world building keeps it from fading over time. The CGI holds up relatively well because it’s used sparingly and mostly in background elements. Most of what you are actually paying attention to is all practical. Credit to director Luc Besson for focusing more on developing the characters and avoiding the easy trap of falling in love with effects and ignoring the human piece of the film.

The reason this film is so beloved is the characters. You’ve got Bruce Willis at his absolute world-saving apex as Korben Dallas. Gary Oldman puts in an all-time villain performance as Jean-Baptiste Emanuel Zorg. Milla Jovovich gets her first taste of action in her breakout role as Leeloo, the supreme being sent to save us from pure evil. And that’s another thing, the ultimate villain in the movie is just a big ball of evil energy that doesn’t say a single word. Don’t worry about that because Chris Tucker’s Ruby Rhod does enough talking for 5 characters. And then Ian Holm rounds the rest of the cast out, and really grounds the movie with his role as the priest/monk Cornelius.


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Role Actor Final Cast
Korben Dallas Bruce Willis Kurt Russell
Zorg Gary Oldman Nicolas Cage
Corelius Ian Holm Stephen Frye
Ruby Rhod Chris Tucker Prince
Leeloo Milla Jovovich Robin Wright Penn
Billy Luke Perry Jason Priestley
General Munro Brion James Clancy Brown
Pres. Lindberg Tiny Lister Lou Gosset Jr.
Fog Lee Evans Clint Howard
David Charlie Creed Miles Sean Hayes
Right Arm Tricky Keegan Michael Key
Prof. Pacoli John Bluthal M. Emmet Walsh
Diva Maiwenn Sy Snootles

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