“No women, no kids, that’s the rules.”
León: The Professional was one of the films that sparked my fascination with movies. The silent and nonchalant hitman who takes the orphaned girl under his wing. He offered a lot of sympathy and maybe even some potential for identification, despite his daily job.
What I really remember most is Gary Oldman’s aggressive performance. In my youthful perception, he was a great actor even then, but all of his roles that I appreciate today really came later. When I look back I’m always surprised at how young he was back then. The same goes for Jean Reno, who I got to know with this film and unfortunately never found him as good as he was back then. I’m always happy to see him, but I always have the feeling that despite many good films, the one immortalizing role – at best Leon himself – didn’t come.
So with Gary Oldman it really started for me after this film, for Jean Reno there were many good and worth seeing films, but actually no highlight anymore. From then on I found him best in supporting roles (Ronin, Mission Impossible). Mathilda was played phenomenally by Natalie Portman in the film. Even with her debut role here, she left a lasting impression and continues to surprise me with interesting roles.
The miniatures in a firefight
I bought the figures of the hitman and his sidekick Mathilda from Rogue Miniatures. As already written at Rambo: Rogue Miniatures unfortunately no longer exist, but the figures are fortunately still available through Caliver Books. Neatly cast and in nice dynamic action poses. Really enjoyed painting them.
The mini was together with Leon in the set from Rogue Miniatures. Although it is much more strongly modeled than the original it is immediately recognizable. Unfortunately, the lines on the shorts didn’t turn out very well, but I’ve already corrected them several times and I’ll end it here. Sometimes it’s not meant to be otherwise and I’ll probably think of a different approach for next time.