Matilda from "Leon". Screenshots of young Natalie Portman

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This is probably impossible to believe, but Natalie Portman did not pass the casting for the role of Matilda in the film Luc Besson “Leon”. She was not taken because the heroine was 13–14 years old, and Natalie, when she came to the tests, was not even 12. As a result, the casting director said: “You are too young for this role. Come home"
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Do you know how many young actresses participated in the casting? More than two thousand! But nevertheless, Natalie has a second chance. Besson, dissatisfied with the results of the tests, decided to look at those who were refused due to age. Among them were Liv Tyler and Natalie Portman. Tyler did not pass the test - at 15 she looked too mature for this role. But Portman appeared before the director - Luc Besson at this time led the tests himself.
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He was amazed at how a very young actress, on account of which he had only a small theatrical experience, performed the stage, where Matilda experiences the loss of her brother.Besson, impressed by the depth of her emotions, stopped the tests and said that the actress was found
Here is the video on which a fragment of the young Natalie’s screen test was recorded for the film “Leon”
True, Natalie's parents insisted on some edits to the script of the film, which was originally much more rigid and controversial. In the script there was a sexual scene between Leon and Matilda, which ultimately left the scene in the European version of the film, where the characters lie in the same bed and Matilda talks about sex (in the American version they did not leave this scene). In addition, parents worried about smoking the main character. They insisted that the film had no more than five scenes with Matilda smoking, and that during them she did not drag on and exhale cigarette smoke
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Well, I already told you about how strongly the ending was changed, but who does not remember or read, here is a link to this material, as well as to a story about the failed continuation of "Leon"
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Alternative ending of the film "Leon"
"Matilda" - unreleased sequel to "Leon"
by Luc Besson
www.youtube.com/watch?v=6F1k0C65WoY
www.screenprism.com/insights/article/how-was-natalie-portman-discovered-and-cast-in-leon-the-professional-at-suc
www.hdnetmovies.com/bts/natalie-portman-a-professional-from-a-very-young-age/
www.sobesednik.ru/interview/natali-portman-k-seksu-otnosilis-kak-k-shutke
www.imdb.com/title/tt0110413/
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