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#71: The Master Creator – How Jon Favreau Went from Swingers to Elf to Ironman to Chef
The Tim Ferriss Show

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 Jon Favreau (@Jon_Favreau) is a man of many talents. He burst onto the acting scene with his role in Rudy.  He first established himself as a writer with the iconic cult hit Swingers, in which he starred. Then, Favreau made his feature film directorial debut with Made, which he also wrote and produced. Other directing credits include Iron Man, Iron Man 2, Cowboys & Aliens, Elf, Zathura, and Chef, which he wrote, produced, directed, and starred in.  Lots of commas! This man does everything. Recent acting credits include The Wolf of Wall Street and Identity Thief. Favreau is currently directing a live-action film with groundbreaking technology that blow your mind — an adaptation of Disney’s Jungle Book, set to be released on April 15, 2016. In our conversation, we dig deep into his creative process, how he writes, the inflection points in his career, how he prepared for Chef, and much more. The impact of Dungeons and Dragons? The value and danger of motorcycle treks? It’s all in here. All show notes, links, and resources related to this episode can be found at This show is sponsored by: Onnit Labs — See the gear I use by clicking here. 99Designs — See the competitions I’ve run there, including the mock ups for the cover of The 4-Hour Body, which hit #1 NY Times.


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