Léon: The Professional script
Synopsis: Léon: The Professional (French: Léon; also known as The Professional) is a 1994 English-language French thriller film written and directed by Luc Besson. It stars Jean Reno and Gary Oldman, and features the motion picture debut of Natalie Portman. In the film Leon (Reno), a professional hitman, reluctantly takes in 12-year-old Mathilda (Portman), after her family is murdered by corrupt Drug Enforcement Administration agent Norman Stansfield (Oldman). Léon and Mathilda form an unusual relationship, as she becomes his protégée and learns the hitman's trade.

Notes:

The beginning is identical to the movie, so we considered

useless reporting it here. It's from Mathilda's first rifle

training scene that the original script is totally different

from the movie. This version is much more violent and the

affective relation between Leon and Mathilda shows no more

ambiguities. In this version, Mathilda was to be aged 13 or

14

* * * * * * * * * *

Leon and Mathilda arrive on the roof of a building which

faces Central Park. They get close to a wall and maintain this

position. Sunlight floods the park.

LEON(concentrated)

Firstly, you look. For more than one

minute. Because there are alarm systems

with one minute period. Therefore, you

wait and look. Alarms firstly, the sky

for helicopters, nearby buildings.

Meanwhile, you observe soil's color and

will try to wear dresses of the same

color. Never lighter.

Mathilda listens very carefully.

LEON:

OK. Good. Now you can assemble your

weapon.

He opens the violin case and assembles a rifle with

telescopic sight and silencer.

LEON:

The rifle is the first weapon you learn

to use, because you can keep far from the

client. The more experience you have, the

closer you get.

He finished assembling the weapon and hands it to Mathilda.

She's going to pull off telescope's cover.

LEON:

No. Always take it off at the last

moment, because of light reflexes.

They'll see you in two seconds.

They get close to roof's edge. Mathilda sits down and gets in

position.

LEON:

Relax. You must feel at ease.

Mathilda leans down properly.

MATHILDA:

OK, I'm fine.

LEON:

Good.

He removes telescope's cover.

LEON:

Here, this is the light scoop for night

shooting. There, you fix client's

distance... How much to the bench down

there in the park?

MATHILDA:

Huh... 500 meters?

LEON:

130... 140...

MATHILDA:

How can you say it?

LEON:

Look. When you can see his fingers, it's

50 meters. When you just see his hands,

it's about 80 meters. When you

distinguish arms from body, it's 120-130.

When you see nothing more than a shape,

you don't shoot. Not very sure. You have

one chance out of five to miss. A

contract means getting all chances on

your side. 5 out of 5. You can't miss a

client. Never... If the task is delicate

or the risk is too big, you double. That

is, you insure yourself by another means.

MATHILDA:

What, for example?

LEON:

Well, if the guy is far, in a car, and I

know weather is going to be bad, rain for

example, I think I would plastic the car,

with a remote here. I shoot from the

distance and if I miss I plastic.

MATHILDA:

What if you can't approach the car or he

changes car?

Leon thinks.

LEON:

Rocket launcher.

MATHILDA:

Oh really?

(She looks at the

road and imagines)

But can you miss the car?

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Luc Besson

Luc Besson is a French film director, screenwriter, and producer. He directed or produced the films Subway, The Big Blue, and Nikita. more…

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