Reviews Malavita on Chérie 25: Luc Besson wanted Robert De Niro for Leon

22:25  22 october  2020
22:25  22 october  2020 Source:   allocine.fr

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"Malavita", by Luc Besson, is broadcast this evening on Chérie 25. The opportunity to return to the missed meeting between the director and Robert De Niro for "Léon", released in 1994.

Malavita sur Chérie 25 : Luc Besson voulait Robert De Niro pour Léon © AlloCiné Malavita on Chérie 25: Luc Besson wanted Robert De Niro for Léon

Inspired by 's book Tonino Benacquista , Malavita is a comedy by Luc Besson . Robert De Niro plays Fred Blake alias Giovanni Manzoni, repentant of the New York mafia under FBI protection installed with his family in a small village in Normandy. Despite unquestionable integration efforts, the good old habits will quickly gain the upper hand ...

In 1992, Robert De Niro's agent called Luc Besson to tell him that he had read the script for Léon and wanted meet. The director immediately takes the plane to New York where the actor invites him to dinner. The latter then tells him ... that he doesn't want to play in the film! The reason ? He feels like he has already touched on the different sides of this hitman in the Martin Scorsese feature films.

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De Niro nevertheless wishes to stay in contact with Luc Besson for a future collaboration ... For Léon, the director therefore decides to call on someone he knows well to slip into the skin of the title role: Jean Reno , with whom he collaborated on The Before Last (1981), The Last Fight (1983), Subway (1985), Le Grand Bleu (1988) and Nikita (1990).

For the anecdote, De Niro and Reno will share the top bill of Ronin , thriller John Frankenheimer released in 1998. The first will also find Besson for Arthur and the Minimoys (2006), in which he doubles a character!

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At the start of the 2010s, Besson quickly imagines De Niro in the lead role of Malavita. "I didn't tell Tonino Benacquista about it. I asked him who he would see in the role of Fred. And he replied that he would dream of proposing it to Robert De Niro. So we called him. , we sent him the book "," says the filmmaker. The hero of Taxi Driver having liked the book and the scenario, he embarks on the adventure.

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