Before he directed Iron Man, Jon Favreau started a show on IFC called “Dinner for Five,” which featured four other stars or directors discussing business over dinner.
It was a fascinating look into the industry, because the stars let their guards down and gave insight into entertainment that you don’t get anywhere else.
With The Force Awakens coming next week, I was looking up stuff on YouTube, and ran across this episode that was really amazing. This was 10 years ago, and Kevin Smith was the guest host for Favreau. It has J.J. Abrams, the director of “The Force Awakens” and Mark Hamill, who played “Luke Skywalker” in the original “Star Wars” trilogy as well as the upcoming one.
This was at a time when Abrams was known more as a successful television producer with hits “Alias” and “Lost.” He was only just beginning to do big hit movies with “Mission Impossible 3” with Tom Cruise.
It was also after the second “Star Wars” trilogy, which Hamill was not involved in. But he had an interesting take on working with director George Lucas and where he thought Luke Skywalker was headed in “Return of the Jedi.”
Joining them is Stan Lee, the creator of Marvel and godfather of your favorite superheroes. And there’s Jason Lee, who I loved on “My Name is Earl” and was in “The Incredibles” as the voice of Syndrome.