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Singer, songwriter, and producer Jesse Boykins III was introduced to The Fifth Element by his college roommate — who just so happened to be Jonah Hill. Instantly hooked, the film’s left-field style became a source of creative inspiration he found himself returning to throughout his career.
On this episode of The Spark Parade, Boykins talks about Paul Gaultier’s costume design, with Luc Besson’s unique approach to storytelling, and the film’s idiosyncratic take on sci-fi. Ultimately, it taught Boykins to be as out-there as possible with his ideas. “Knowing that if I want to be a part of a storyline or participate in any kind of culture, [there’s] going to be a moment where I’m not all the way happy with what’s happening,” he explains. “So, I might as well start way over there.”
Listen to Jesse Boykins III talk about The Fifth Element in this episode of The Spark Parade. Please also take the time to like, review, and subscribe to The Spark Parade wherever you get your podcasts, and keep up to date with all our series by following the Consequence Podcast Network.
Host Adam Unze (The Opus) explores creativity in all its forms on The Spark Parade by asking musicians, artists, comedians, and other creators to share the single cultural work that has most inspired them. Whether it comes from the world of music, film, comedy, visual art, or literature, we all have something that sparks our own creative desires. On The Spark Parade, guests reveal the single piece of art that ignites within them to fire of creation.