Bruce Willis, Milla Jovovich & The Rest of 'The Fifth Element' – Where Are They Now, 24 Years Later?
"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.
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."
However, the actor approached him and worked through the budget, including having a deal with the production team. According to the star, he liked the script of the film and thought it would be fun.
Bruce Willis plays harmonica onstage during "Love Rocks NYC! A Change is Gonna Come: Celebrating Songs of Peace, Love and Hope." | Source: Getty Images
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."
In 2019, the actor's daughter, Tallulah Belle, paid tribute to her father's famous movie by dressing up as one of the characters, Leeloo, during Halloween. A snap of her outfit was posted on Instagram.
Bruce Willis In "Armageddon." | Source: Getty Images
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.
Jovovich has since tried different crafts, including fashion designing, modeling, and singing. In 2009, she tied the knot with Paul W. S. Anderson, with whom she shares beautiful children.
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."
They had a daughter when she was only 16-years-old.
Mila Jovovich speaking at Wondercon 2012 in Anaheim, California. | Source: Wikimedia Commons
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. In 2017, Oldman married his fifth wife, Gisele Schmidt, an art curator and photographer.
The pair have walked several red carpets together, looking happy and in love. When not at work, Oldman is enjoying time with his family in their Los Angeles, California, home.
Gary Oldman attends the EE British Academy Film Awards. | Source: Getty Images
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." 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.
Ian Holm in Edinburgh. | Source: Wikimedia Commons
Chris Tucker starred in "Friday" before "The Fifth Element," where he landed the role of radio personality Ruby Rhod. However, before being cast, Besson had the late Prince in mind to play the role.
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.
"90210" star Luke Perry played Billy Masterson in "The Fifth Element" and continued his work as an actor after. 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."
Luke Perry attends the 28th Annual GLAAD Media Awards. | Source: Getty Images
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
She has since starred in the French horror film "High Tension" and wrote, directed, and starred in "Pardonnez-Moi" and "Le bal des actrices."