News

John Leguizamo chops off fingertip during filming of ‘Chef’

John Leguizamo chops off fingertip during filming of ‘Chef’

'CHEF:'Actor John Leguizamo attends the premiere for "Chef" during the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival on Tuesday, April 22, in New York. Photo: Associated Press/Evan Agostini/Invision

Funnyman and actor John Leguizamo will always have a painful memory of his time on the set of new film “Chef” as he chopped off the end of his finger in a kitchen scene.

The “Moulin Rouge!” star insisted on taking care of his own cooking, chopping and preparing in the film, and even signed up for work in New York’s The Lion restaurant to perfect his culinary skills.

He came away from the filming experience with a new-found respect for kitchen staff, a few tips and a great party tale.

“I was lucky, I only chopped off a little piece of my finger chopping. I didn’t chop off a whole finger. Cooking is a dangerous game; there’s hot oil, burning stoves, sharp Japanese and German knives everywhere. You can really hurt somebody or yourself.

“I also burned myself a ton but tried not to curse on film. We were cooking for real. Obviously they gave me things that I could handle. I really macerated a pig and decapitated it and did a lobotomy on it! I cut through the neck with a saw and it was tough. It was like murdering an animal.”

He reveals that all the cast and crew gained weight during filming because everything that was cooked on camera was then eaten at big set parties: “Nothing was thrown away. Everything was cooked and ate (sic) by the crew, us, the extras. On camera I was taking tiny little bites but off camera I gained 20 pounds while making this movie from eating Cubanos, beignets, pralines… I was 184 pounds, which was a lot for me.

“(Director) Jon Favreau is a food pusher. He’s like a Jewish mom: ‘Come on, you gotta try this. Eat a little bit more. Come on!’ I was like, ‘Alright, I’ll have another Cuban sandwich, which is my fifth one today!’ That’s a lot of carbs (carbohydrates).”

Recent Headlines

51 mins ago in Sports

Curry and James top All-NBA Team

Fresh
curry-625873685502

Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry is a unanimous selection to the All-NBA First Team after taking every first-place vote in the MVP balloting.

1 hour ago in Entertainment

Running Man dance craze sweeps police departments across U.S.

Fresh
21-overlay-13

Police officers across the U.S. are dancing an updated version of the running man to a catchy 1990s hip hop song in videos that are gaining wide online popularity.

1 hour ago in Sports

Baylor removes Starr as president, will fire coach over rape cases

Fresh
baylorbrilesap

Baylor University has removed Kenneth Starr as president and will fire head football coach Art Briles after an independent report found administrators mishandled sexual abuse cases involving football players, the school announced on Thursday.

1 hour ago in National

8 automakers recall over 12M vehicles for Takata air bags

Fresh
takata16125303396828

Documents detailing recalls by Honda, Fiat Chrysler, Toyota, Mazda, Nissan, Subaru, Ferrari and Mitsubishi were posted Friday by the government.

1 hour ago in Lifestyle

AP Poll: Many take Social Security before full retirement

Fresh
socialsecurity

Taking Social Security benefits early comes with a price, yet more than 4 in 10 Americans age 50 and over say they'll dip into the program before reaching full retirement age.