“You went up my ass, believe me.”
Columbo to Vince Vaughn; Season 1, Episode 2
Consider this an early Christmas present. This ain’t no DVD. It’s a whole damn boxset wrapped in a pretty bow and sealed with a kiss.
Post-Swingers and pre-Iron Man. Jon Favreau made four seasons of vital viewing for actors, writers, directors and anyone just interested in film. The personalities lured to the table are plain fascinating to watch. From beginning to end, this show is a must-see.
Anecdotes are told. Private lives and opinions are revealed. Work often not seen is talked about. You hear how they got there. And you’re taken through the good times and the bad times.
The intelligence and wit of the guests is a bonafide demonstration that they’re in Hollywood for a reason. It’s the rare privilege of sitting down at a dinner table without ever having to worry about who you could be seated next to.
Favreau’s a perfect host. He has an intense passion for cinema. Throughout the show, it’s clear he constantly studies it and that he genuinely gives a shit. Bless him – he mentions Swingers in almost every episode.
The YouTube channel has every single episode available.
Witness Burt Reynolds expertly control a conversation and every other guest listen to his grizzly words of wisdom.
Watch Tyrion Lannister and Princess Leia discuss ‘little people’.
Behold Favreau dine with his leading cast of Elf.
And there’s the Scor-sah-sah special. The man himself accounts for five guests.
If Dick Cavett‘s good with breakfast, Jon Favreau’s Dinner For Five is a generous slice of foie gras with every course. And a cigar to finish things off.
Favreau, if you’re reading this…
YOU GOTTA DO ANOTHER SEASON.