Leon: The Professional is about an Italian killer living in New York (Jean Reno) who starts taking care of a girl named Mathilda (a very young Natalie Portman) after her family is killed. If you've seen this movie, you'll probably agree that there's something slightly off-putting about it; in the words of Roger Ebert, "Always at the back of my mind was the troubled thought that there was something wrong about placing a 12-year-old character in the middle of this action."
That's one way of putting it.
In one scene, Leon wakes up in bed and a scantily clad Mathilda is sitting next to him, but that's the closest they ever get to being romantically involved. So why does this movie creep us out so much?
The Missing Scene:
The international cut of the film reveals that the night before that scene, Mathilda tried to coax Leon into making love to her, but he turned her down because he "wouldn't be a good lover" (apparently there are no laws about having sex with minors in other countries, but there are plenty of laws about doing it lousily). Well, the screenplay takes the wrongness even further by making it clear that, actually, he does sleep with her. While crying. Here's the scene:
"How beautiful it is seeing them sweetly making love" is an actual line that the screenwriter wrote. And no, she's isn't 30 instead of almost 13 in this draft.
How It Changes the Movie:
For starters, this explains why Leon is so edgy the whole damn picture: On top of the corrupt DEA agent, he also had to be on the lookout for Child Protective Services busting his ass for pedophilia. But mainly, it confirms our hunch that there was something fishy going on in this movie all along. We'll never look at Luc Besson pictures the same way again.
This casts a whole new light on Bruce Willis making out with a newborn in The Fifth Element.
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