John Leguizamo Chef

Tribeca Interview: John Leguizamo Talks ‘Chef’ And His Career [Exclusive]

John Leguizamo’s career has gone through multiple stages of artistic transition that it could be hard to keep up with such a dynamic force. As a performer, he has transcended every stereotype in the Latin community by digesting it and spitting it back out for the masses. In turn he’s knocked down every door that has oppressed the actors that came before him, while bridging the cultural dividing line in his work.

In the industry, he’s a name that’s recognizable on every level and in practically every medium. Abandoning the label of comedian early on, Leguizamo honed his craft, as he fleshed out an impressive film career while simultaneously making fearless leaps into theater with his intimately personal and critically acclaimed one man shows like Mambo Mouth, Freak, and his most recent, 2010’s Ghetto Klown.

Although Leguizamo could probably take it easy for the rest of his life, he has the energy of an actor just cutting his teeth, and it shows through the evolution of his work, and the talents that work with him. Actor-director Jon Favreau, who pulls triple duty alongside Leguizamo in the new film Chef, highlights his qualities. “He’s not just a comedian. He’s a really hard worker. He’s an actor’s actor. Most actor’s want to do something else after a certain point but he loves it. He always acts like he’s very lucky to be on the set and a lot of people lose that after some time,” said Favreau.

Whether he’s peeling the layers back on his infectious energy in his one man plays, or stealing the show in films like To Wong Foo, or his most recent role in Chef, Leguizamo’s journey as an artist ties all the parts that make his career in one through line — he’s unapologetically honest and always in the moment.

In Chef John Leguizamo plays a supporting role as Martin, a sous chef, who joins the recently unemployed chef Carl (Jon Favreau) in an unexpected food truck venture. In doing so he, along with Carl’s son, aids his former boss in an attempt to reclaim his creative promise in his work while piecing an estranged father-son relationship back together.

John Leguizamo was kind enough to sit down with The Inquisitr’s Niki Cruz for an exclusive one on one interview to speak about his newest film Chef and his expansive career.

THE INQUISITR: Chef really does a fantastic job of connecting food to memories. What are some of your favorite memories that’s tied to food that you love?

JOHN LEGUIZAMO: Obviously Latin food has the most memories for me. Chino Latino which is Cuban Chinese food which we used to do at every holiday. We would go to this restaurant and order fried plantains and fried rice, or black beans and sweet and sour shrimp. It’s the weirdest combo of food but we loved that stuff. Also, of course pernil, which is the meat we’re using in the movie.

You do a mean impersonation of your co-star Sofia Vergara. Has she heard it?

She didn’t hear it. I was afraid! I was afraid she wouldn’t find it as flattering.

John Leguizamo in Chef