There are some movies that feel personal because of the relationship the writer, director or actors have to the material. 'Chef' -- written, directed and starring Jon Favreau -- doesn't just feel personal, it feels like it's ripped directly from the pages of Favreau's subconscious diary. While it's a charming enough indie film about the connection between professional and personal passions that also serves as a fascinating look inside the psychology of a major Hollywood director.
Talk about betting big on yourself.
John Leguizamo - a respected actor, but not entirely known for his dramatic chops - spent over $15,000 of his own money on make-up artists and prosthetics to physically transform himself into Colombian drug kingpin Pablo Escobar in the hopes of winning the role in the upcoming biopic 'King of Cocaine.' And, guess what? It worked.
After seeing the test and being unable to tell the difference between the real Escobar and Leguizamo in make-up, the actor won the part.