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The Fifth Element: Milla Jovovich, Chris Tucker, Luc Besson celebrate 20 years

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It’s been 20 years since The Fifth Element landed on the big screen. But stars Chris Tucker and Milla Jovovich, as well as director Luc Besson, still have fond memories of their time on set — and plenty of memorable moments involving the film since.

Bruce Willis stars in the film as cab driver (and hero) Korben Dallas, who works to protect Leeloo (Jovovich), the human version of the Fifth Element, which has the potential to save or destroy humanity. Tucker stars as dandy futurist Ruby Rhod, and Gary Oldman plays the villain Zorg.

“It’s crazy. It doesn’t feel like 20 years at all,” said Jovovich in a video interview (above) conducted at the CINESPIA 20th anniversary screening of the film in Los Angeles.

And in the two decades since the movie first arrived in cinemas, both Tucker and Jovovich have had a chance to watch the film a few times.

“The last time I saw the movie was just a few years ago, and my daughter was obsessed with it,” shared Jovovich. “She didn’t know that it was me. My friend came over and was like, ‘Do you know who that is playing Leeloo? That’s your mom!’ [My daughter] looked back and then she ran and hid behind the couch. She was freaked out. It was so overwhelming.”

Luckily for Tucker, the fans he encounters know he’s in the movie, and even compliment him on it.

“People love it,” the Rush Hour actor shares. “They come up to me all the time and say, ‘That’s my favorite movie that you’ve ever done. The Fifth Element.'”

Watch the full interview for more, including Besson’s favorite memories.