Host of stars set to join con­ven­tion

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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.

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