According to Badalucco (Mathilda’s father), he had no idea that Oldman was going to smell him, nor that he was going to get as close as he did. Badalucco says that in the film, his look of discomfort during the scene is completely genuine, as he felt decidedly intimidated by Oldman, and the physical proximity between the two made him very nervous.
That’s good, because I take no pleasure in taking life if it’s from a person who doesn’t care about it.
❖ Favourite movies: ”Léon” (1994)
‘Is life always this hard, or is it just when you’re a kid?’
‘Always like this.’
Leon & Mathilda by Kim Herbst