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THE FIFTH ELEMENT The Facts

The language spoken by Leeloo was invented by director Luc Besson and further refined by Milla Jovovich. By the end of filming they were able to have full conversations in this language.

 
The actor playing the cop in the driver's seat waiting at McDonald's is Mac Mcdonald.

The name of the Diva is Plavalaguna; in Serbian, Milla Jovovich's mother tongue, Plava Laguna means "Blue Lagoon". This is a reference to Return to the Blue Lagoon (1991), Jovovich's first film.

Ruby Rhod was not the original name for Chris Tucker's character, it was Loc Rhod. This name appears in the script and movie novelization.

The explosion in the Fhloston main hall was the largest indoor explosion ever filmed. The resulting fire almost got beyond control.

When Korben Dallas wakes up, the date can just be seen on his bedroom wall: March 18th, 2263.

In the future New York City, Central Park is the same size as the real one and is in the same place... but 100 feet in the air.

Volumes of two manga series, Sanctuary, by Ryoichi Ikegami and Sho Fumimura, and Adolf, by Osamu Tezuka, are briefly visible in Korben Dallas' apartment.

The date that can be made out on Korben Dallas' apartment clock is 18 March. This is director Luc Besson's birthday (a day before Bruce Willis').

Early in the film, Gary Oldman's character quotes Nietzsche: "What doesn't kill you, makes you stronger." Oldman's costar, Bruce Willis, released a record album with that title in the 80's.

In the English version when the Mondoshawans come to the pyramid in Egypt the professor asks: 'Are you German?' In the German version he asks 'Are you here from earth?'

In the theatrical version the first time Leeloo is revealed (in the lab machine), her breasts are visible. In TV versions a well placed control panel maintains her modesty (blocks the view of her breasts).

In the version televised Jan 8, 2000 in the U.S. on the ABC network, not only was the film edited for language, nudity, violence, and to fit the screen (as is standard), but also every one of the McDonald's Golden Arches in the early chase scene were digitally removed.

Facts courtesy of Internet Movie Database and Columbia Pictures.
 

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