Bruce Willis and 'The Fifth Element' Cast 22 Years after the Movie Was Released

"The Fifth Element" made people's heart race at the suspense brought about by a cab driver who helped a mysterious woman to save the earth.

The Luc Besson-directed film was perfect for Bruce Willis to star in for his serious facade that had a goal to help save the earth. He later went on to direct the "Taken" films, which became massive successes around the globe.

"The Fifth Element" was released in 1997, yet many still remember the storyline and actors that made the movie easily a crowd-favorite. Here's a look at the cast after the film premiered.

BRUCE WILLIS

Besson already knew that Willis was the perfect actor to play the starring role but was concerned about the price he would come with, given he was already a notable actor in his three "Die Hard" films, "Pulp Fiction," and "12 Monkeys."

Bruce Willis plays harmonica onstage during "Love Rocks NYC! A Change is Gonna Come: Celebrating Songs of Peace, Love and Hope." | Source: Getty Images

Bruce Willis plays harmonica onstage during "Love Rocks NYC! A Change is Gonna Come: Celebrating Songs of Peace, Love and Hope." | Source: Getty Images

However, the actor approached him and worked through the budget, including having a deal with the production team.

After the film, Willis went on to star in other acclaimed films, including "G.I. Joe: Retaliation," "The Expendables," "The Expendables 2," "Sin City," "Unbreakable," "The Sixth Sense," and "Armageddon."

Bruce Willis In "Armageddon." | Source: Getty Images

Bruce Willis In "Armageddon." | Source: Getty Images

MILLA JOVOVICH

Besson had over 300 actresses to choose from for the role of Leeloo and Milla Jovovich was his perfect pick.

The two worked on her character, which had to know an invented language. While doing so, the two fell in love and got married but also divorced in 1999.

Milla Jovovich attends the 'On The Road' Premiere during the 65th Cannes Film Festival. | Source: Shutterstock

Milla Jovovich attends the 'On The Road' Premiere during the 65th Cannes Film Festival. | Source: Shutterstock

Jovovich later appeared in "Resident Evil" and tied the knot with the film's director, Paul Anderson. She continued to star in the other installments of the franchise.

The actress's other films include "Ultraviolet," "The Fourth Kind," "He Got Game," the "Zoolander" films, and "A Perfect Getaway." 

 Mila Jovovich speaking at Wondercon 2012 in Anaheim, California. | Source: Wikimedia Commons

Mila Jovovich speaking at Wondercon 2012 in Anaheim, California. | Source: Wikimedia Commons

GARY OLDMAN

Before playing a villain in "The Fifth Element," Gary Oldman was cast as the antagonist in Lesson's "Leon: The Professional."

He has since appeared in "Hannibal," "Lost in Space," "Friends," and "Harry Potter," where he played the infamous Sirius Black.

Oldman's more recent works are the "Dark Night" trilogy, "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy," "Lawless," and "Robocop's" remake.

Gary Oldman attends the EE British Academy Film Awards. | Source: Getty Images

Gary Oldman attends the EE British Academy Film Awards. | Source: Getty Images

IAN HOLM

Actor Ian Holm played Father Vito Cornelius in the film and later starred in "A Life Less Ordinary," "From Hell," "Garden State," and "The Aviator."

Ian Holm in Edinburgh. | Source: Wikimedia Commons

Ian Holm in Edinburgh. | Source: Wikimedia Commons

However, his most recognizable role was in "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy and "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, where he took on the character Bilbo Baggins.

CHRIS TUCKER

Chris Tucker starred in "Friday" before "The Fifth Element," where he landed the role of radio personality Ruby Rhod.

Chris Tucker, 2012. | Source: Wikimedia Commons

Chris Tucker, 2012. | Source: Wikimedia Commons

Tucker starred alongside Jackie Chan in the "Rush Hour" trilogy and returned to stand-up comedy after his career was put on a pedestal. In 2012, he landed a role in "Silver Linings Playbook but hasn't appeared much since.

LUKE PERRY

"90210" star Luke Perry played Billy Masterson in "The Fifth Element" and continued his work as an actor after.

Luke Perry attends the 28th Annual GLAAD Media Awards. | Source: Getty Images

Luke Perry attends the 28th Annual GLAAD Media Awards. | Source: Getty Images

He reprised his role in "90210" in 1998 until the show came to an end in 2000. He later appeared in "The Sandlot: Heading Home," "Redemption Road," and "Red Wing."

MAIWENN LE BESCO

French actress Maiwenn Le Besco played an alien singer in the movie and had a relationship with Besson early on. They had a daughter when she was only 16-years-old.

Maïwenn Le Besco. | Source: Wikimedia Commons

Maïwenn Le Besco. | Source: Wikimedia Commons

She has since starred in the French horror film "High Tension" and wrote, directed, and starred in "Pardonnez-Moi" and "Le bal des actrices."

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