In Chef, John Leguizamo plays Martin, friend and assistant to noted chef Carl Casper (Jon Favreau), who quits his restaurant job and starts fresh by taking his business on the road with a food truck called “El Jefe.”

Leguizamo found working with Favreau a liberating experience. “You know around the set, he is just letting you be yourself, you know he welcomes all your input and you get to be all of the artist you want to be,” he told uInterview.

Leguizamo also found to time to contribute to the comdey, most notably in the hilarious corn starch scene. “You know when it gets really hot, some of the Latin chef’s pour cornstarch on their gentiles to keep it all from you know going jungle-rot,” he told uInterview. He especially enjoyed working the young Emjay Anthony, who was quite the jokester on set. “He’d always tell me, ‘I slept with Sofia Vergara!’ Well he did he took a nap next to her,” Leguizamo recalled.

Leguizamo first appeared on television in an episode of Miami Vice in 1984, and had his first film appearance in Mixed Blood that same year. He also utilized his vocal talents for many characters, such as the rat from Dr. Dolittle and Sid the sloth from the Ice Age series. It was recently announced that Ice Age 5 would hit theaters in 2016, in which the comedian is expected to reprise his role as Sid.

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Q: What's your relationship with John Favreau and how did you get involved in the movie? - Uinterview

You know, it is crazy, because John and I are from the same neighborhood in New York City. He was from the fancy area and I was not from the fancy area, well the wrong side of the tracks, let's put it that way. We've never met you know, we are the same age and he asked me to be in this movie, he said I really want to do a movie that is back to my Swinger's roots, something that is indie and something that I feel really passionate about. I was a big fan of his from Swinger's, absolutely and he asked me to be in it. I was just so honored and my mouth was agape, I was like, 'What? For real?' So I said yes.

Q: What's Jon like to work with as an actor? - Uinterview

He is amazing, you know, he is wearing three hats - he is the writer, the director, and the lead, but he is incredibly generous. He is such a nurturing type dude. You know around the set, he is just letting you be yourself, you know he welcomes all your input and you get to be all of the artist you want to be.

Q: You are known as a great comedian – did you have a funniest moment on set? - Uinterview

Ah, we had a lot of great scenes. I think my favorite scene was the scene in the movie from my research, from working at The Lion Kitchen in New York. You know when it gets really hot, some of the Latin chef's pour cornstarch on their genitals to keep it all from you know going jungle-rot. So I brought it up to Jon and John is like, yeah lets use this. So all of us put cornstarch on our 'areas.'

Q: Jon's son, played by Emjay Anthony, has a key role. How did you work with him on set? - Uinterview

What a talented little guy, I mean he is like a little man, he is always like look at the hot chicks out there, and he is only nine. He is already scamming on the ladies. He was constantly going to Sofia Vergara, you know your my mom, come here let me hug you, and he would get close to her, you know her beautiful, beautifulness. He'd always tell me, 'I slept with Sofia Vergara!' Well he did he took a nap next to her.

Q: What was it like working with the star-studded cast? - Uinterview

Well, I got to say, I was like a fan; I was like a groupie. When I saw Dustin Hoffman, he’s one of my favorite actors, one of my icons and it was a thrill just being on the set and I would just watch his work and he was so on point. His acting is so beautiful to watch.