Host of stars set to join convention
f for freedom over money and p prestige.
“It’s tough to go up against t the big boys. But if you feel c creatively satisfied and you’re growing as an artist that, I think, is the hero’s journey. It’s about growth.”
And what about the e ensemble he created for the film? Motor-mouth John Leguizamo plays the Cuban grill cook for whom food is a art. Oliver Platt is the critic. Hoffman is the intransigent restaurant owner and Amy Sedaris is the publicist who comes up with a solution to Carl’s woes. It was Sedaris who responded to Favreau’s gift for comedy improv.
Then there is Robert Downey Jr, Favreau’s pal from the mighty Marvel movies, who contributes a cameo, along with Scarlett Johansson, another Marvel superheroine, who crops up as a restaurant floor manager. He gets ‘em all.
Favreau has enlisted some big guns for his little flick. Yet he sees the film as a simple and cautionary tale.
“It’s humbling to be in service to other people,” he muses. “Chef is really a story about a guy who’s reconnecting with that understanding. I think that’s kind of romantic.”
Chef (15) is on nationwide release.
ITHE Sheffield Film and Comic Convention will open its doors later this summer.
The event will bring together stars from TV, film and the world of comics. Already lined up to appear are Kristianna Locken from Terminator 3, Eve Myles from Torchwood and Dirk Benedict, pictured, from The A-Team. Also Jeremy Bulloch from Star Wars and Doctor Who stars Paul McGann and Sylvester McCoy. The two-day convention at the Motorpoint Arena will begin on August 30. To book tickets visit www. motorpointarenasheffield.co.uk.