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Watch: 11 Year-Old Natalie Portman's Audition Tape For 'Leon: The Professional'

by Kevin Jagernauth
June 17, 2013 1:07 PM
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Before she was an Academy Award-winning actress, A-list star and mother, Natalie Portman was just like any other kid trying to make it in the business. Except, she was far more self-aware of her talent and dreams than most. The story goes she turned down a child modelling gig with Revlon to focus on her acting and well, the gambit worked.

Her first feature film appearance managed to be the kind of breakthrough most only dream of, landing the key co-starring role in Luc Besson's assassin tale "Leon: The Professional." She matched Jean Reno every step of the way and gave the movie it's emotional heart, and now you see why the filmmakers believed in her talent. Her audition tape has been floating around for a while, but we hadn't seen it before and, thanks to Filmmaker IQ pointing us in the direction, you can see it below. And yeah, it's very, very convincing stuff.

Anyway, give it a look below and then try and imagine anyone else taking the part of Mathilda (Liv Tyler was considered at one point, fyi).

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  • ADONIS | June 19, 2013 1:34 PMReply

    Bravo Toscano = D> - here we share the same opinion about probably the best film of Jean Reno and Natalie .....

  • toscano | June 19, 2013 3:10 PM

    yes it,s their best movie they are both amazing in this movie

  • toscano | June 19, 2013 10:25 AMReply

    yes leon the profesional should have won an oscar for best movie best actress natalie portman best actor jean reno a great actor victor the cleaner a great role nikita a great movie

  • Adonis | June 19, 2013 3:56 AMReply

    "Leon" would have to win at least two Oscars: The first to Natalie for this absolutely great performance as Mathilda, and the second for this really great movie ....
    And the third Oscar when the sequel is coming.

  • gary | June 17, 2013 5:12 PMReply

    leon the profesional a classic movie natalie portman and jean reno 2 great actors

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