John Leguizamo says he based his character in ‘The Menu’ on Steven Seagal

John Leguizamo says he based his character in ‘The Menu’ on Steven Seagal

Leguizamo plays a washed up action star alongside Anya TaylorJoy, Nicholas Hoult and Ralph Fiennes in the dark comedy.

John Leguizamo has been an in-demand film actor for three decades now, with a list of movie credits including 1993’s Carlito’s Way, 1996’s Romeo Juliet, 1999’s Summer of Sam, 2005’s Land of the Dead, 2014’s John Wick, last year’s Encanto, and the upcoming Violent Night (out Dec. 2).

So how did he get inside the head of his character in the dark foodie comedy The Menu? Leguizamo plays an action star on the wane who wants to be a food presenter to keep his career alive.

He says that he has met many of these stars, perhaps before they were washed. “I mean, now they’re washed-up. My inspiration was Steven Seagal. I had a bad run-in. We made a movie together. It was Executive decision . He is a terrible human being. ”

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John Leguizamo in ‘The Menu’

| Credit: Searchlight Pictures

The Menu stars Ralph Fiennes as a famous chef who whips up an increasingly terrifying night of dining and endangerment for a dozen diners. In addition to Leguizamo’s action star, the guests include a couple played by Anya Taylor-Joy and Nicholas Hoult, and a restaurant critic portrayed by Janet McTeer.

” It looks like a foodie movie, but it’s actually a satire on privilege and entitlement, and the boujeeness in America, people feeling special and no one else is,” Leguizamo states. It is a thriller but it has all these little Easter eggs of delicious food, great dialogue, and really interesting characters. “

Leguizamo was attracted by the script written by Seth Reiss, Will Tracy. The actor describes the script as “so outrageous, too out there, these food descriptions and the beautiful language and yet terrible things are happening to these people.” “I go, this beautiful arthhouse movie, the thing I got into the film business to do, really interesting films, that don’t just rehash and remake things we’ve seen a million times. ”

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Credit: Searchlight Pictures

On this occasion, Leguizamo had no issues with his co-stars and is keen to praise Aimee Carrero who plays his character’s assistant.

She was amazing,” he said. “I auditioned three girls for my assistant. They were all very different. I won’t name the other talent, but Aimee won because of her ability to improvise, be real, and be funny. All these ingredients are difficult to manage, but she was able to do it. We went tit for tac, improvising, which was great fun. ”

Leguizamo also enjoyed collaborating with the movie’s director, Mark Mylod, who is best known for his work on Succession.

He’ll give you these little notes that fine-tune your performance to give Him what he needs,” the actor said. It was a great experience. That’s why I think Succession is such a great success and such a great piece of work, because of him. ”

Leguizamo says he would be happy to appear on the HBO series.

” There are a lot Latin billionaires. Come on! He says.

You can be as talented and creative as Marlon brando or Ingrid Bergman. You can write like William Shakespeare, Arthur Miller, and you can have the screen presence or Jennifer Lawrence.” the actor wrote. “But if your last name is Latino or you look Latino, Hollywood will not accept you. ” Leguizamo said that he received a “beautiful response” to his letter from many of these colleagues. “A lot of black actors and white actors have been my allies and texted me and emailed to me, and they called me up and said that they were proud of what I did for speaking out,” he says. “What I tried in this letter was to make sure that I didn’t give Hollywood any excuses to continue its exclusion of Latin Americans. We’re 20 percent of the population, 30 percent of the US box office. Why is it that white people are overrepresented in film and storytelling. It’s not fair, there’s no parity. It’s not okay. ”

The Menu has now hit theaters. Below is the trailer for the film.

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