Fun fact: Prince was the original intended actor for the role of Ruby Rhod in ‘The Fifth Element.’ Above you will see the costume design for Prince drawn by Jean Paul Gautier. Upon meeting with Gaultier, Prince didn’t say a word but was amused. Prince thought the costume was “too effeminate” for him. Though, the real reason for Prince not taking the role had been tour date conflicts. Of course, the role would go to Chris Tucker; who did a fantastic job with the colorful character.🔥💎🔥
Three hours to make everything up. Make-up, dress, everything. Three hours preparation every day.
I think each actor has to do his private dreams about the character. I felt she was sad about the human being. She was….disappointed. She was giving the love, maybe because she didn’t have for her…I don’t know. I felt like sad character. The Blue was a…I don’t know it means a lot for me.
I give so many time, so many energy into this character, that when I discover the movie with the scene that he (Luc Besson) choose, I was a bit disappointed because it goes too fast. When I saw the movie I thought “Oh, the people are not going to see me. They are not gonna see my work. Maybe they don’t know how much time I spent for the character.” Then I saw on the internet so many sites about the Diva. “Is she strange? Because the movie doesn’t give any attention of the character.” That’s why I was so impressed when you asked me to do an interview about my character. - Maïwenn discussing her role as the Diva Plavalaguna
The Ultimate Edition of The Fifth Element includes the entire opera sequence that was shot against a green screen.