52 Quotes of Jon Favreau About Acting

” Movies like ‘Chef’ are not really box-office monsters in the summertime and don’t really fit into Hollywood’s business model any longer. Even if ‘Chef’ is successful, it will be successful in the context of what it is. There’s a limited upside to a film that’s so small, but there’s also limited exposure for the people who backed me. “
” Between the theme parks and the movies, the Disney iconography was probably the first set of archetypes that I was exposed to. Walt was able to expose me as a child to the full array of emotions, including fear and sorrow. Those movies and attractions haunted my dreams and made a deep impression on me as a child. “
” I’m a very lazy person by nature. I have to be really engaged, and then I go straight from lazy to obsessive. I couldn’t study chemistry, but I could memorize all the books for Dungeons and Dragons. It was ridiculous. The trick is to find what I like to do. “
” I’ve been fascinated by the world ever since I read ‘Kitchen Confidential’ by Anthony Bourdain. I’ve watched ‘Top Chef’ and watched interviews with chefs on ‘Charlie Rose’… I thought they’re really intriguing characters, and they really encapsulate that tension between vision and commerce, art and commerce. “
” Ever since I read ‘Kitchen Confidential,’ I saw a little light bulb go off. Being a chef is like being on a pirate ship; it’s not like ‘Who Is Killing the Great Chefs of Europe?’ or whatever my impression was as I was growing up. “
” People look at Marvel movies as epic in scope, but if you look back at the comics, you realise that Marvel heroes were often a reaction to the square-jawed DC characters like Superman, who were flawless and beyond reproach. “
” I was 22 and had worked on Wall Street for a year, and quit my job. I bought a motorcycle and sort of had this fantasy that I’d go cross-country like ‘Easy Rider.’ I went from New York to L.A., and on the way back, I stopped in Chicago and saw a friend of mine who was into improv. And I figured it might be fun to give it a shot. “
” I think that anything that leads to creativity and good work is good. “
” I like happy endings in movies. I think life has a happy ending. When it’s all said and done, it’s all something worthwhile, and I want my movies to reflect that. There are enough things to be sad about. When you pop in a movie, let the message be one that’s one of hope. “
” Everybody loves a hit. There is nothing as fun as making a cultural splash with a movie. “
” For me, I love food. It’s my greatest pleasure and also the thing that could ruin you as well. It’s one of those things where, if you’re not thoughtful about it, it could be unhealthy. But if there’s a mindfulness about it; it actually is a wonderful tool of emotional expression. “
” I think ‘Chef’ is about somebody who’s in the middle of his life, and he’s kind of lost his passion and his voice, so he seeks out some refinement and redemption. “
” I’m of a generation of director that came up understanding special effects. “
” I don’t think I’m egotistical as much as I’m taking responsibility for what I’m putting out there. “
” There’s a lot of real estate in our brain dedicated to facial recognition and to physics. That takes a lot of processing power out of our brain. “
” The ultimate storyteller is Shakespeare, who was able to get the ‘groundlings’ to laugh at his bawdy humor and storylines but could still be studied by scholars to this day for the complexity of his language, meter, and symbolism. That’s the real guy. “
” There’s a nostalgic aspect to the ‘Iron Man’ franchise for me. “
” I’ve hit a point where my big luxury is getting to work on the things I want to work on. That’s my hobby. It’s being able to do a movie like ‘Chef,’ where you don’t get paid, where you get paid scale, but you get to do exactly the movie you want to do. To me, that’s worth more to me than whatever money I would have gotten paid. “
” For years, I was watching other people have so much fun playing out their version of authorship, like Louis C.K. and Larry David. As I watched them do their thing, I began to pine for the days when I had a lot less expected of me and, often, a lot more creative freedom. The courage that those guys have is always captivating to me. “
” Acting is the most fun. I like to do it and it’s great that I can still do that, but you know, you don’t really have a lot of control over things, so it’s real hit or miss. “
” I’ve been in the service industry. I’ve bar-tended. I’ve waited tables, and I’ve worked at pizza places; I’ve made pizza. I’ve had a lot of jobs, and many of them were in the food service industry. “
” When it comes to celebrities and tabloids, to me that is a bummer. That’s a little disappointing. And it is amazing how things really get made. I always used to think that where there is smoke there is fire, and now I see stories pop up out of nowhere with no basis in reality. “
” I find that people… very few people think that what they’re doing is bad, and usually the people who think what they’re doing is bad it has more to do with guilt. “
” The irony is that the more unapologetically sexist men are in movies, the more women tend to be attracted to them in person. “
” I was the worst extra, I was ‘that’ guy. I was the guy on the phone trying to get the Oscar for best extra – for best background performance. “
” I’ve cut myself out… I’ve cut scenes out that I was in and that’s when you realize that you’ve got to make the best movie you can. “
” I’ve always wanted to call the shots because I would rather fail than not have a chance to figure it out on my own. “
” I don’t ‘handle’ people. It’s so much easier to manipulate actors than to really have an earnest discussion with them. It’s very easy to say whatever’s going to appease them and then turn around and do whatever you want to do. It’s difficult to be forthright with people, because the job does not lend itself to that. “
” Unfortunately, we are not painters and authors, where we can do something in isolation. We require a lot of money to create what we create. It’s almost like being an architect: You can’t be an architect and build whatever buildings you want to. “
” Thankfully, I have a background as an actor, and you learn how to live in that world of not knowing what’s going to happen next. “
” It’s great to be able to connect parents with children both emotionally and through humor. I look forward to exploring family entertainment once again and examining the specifics of our day-to-day lives against the backdrop of an extraordinary adventure. “
” I wanted to be a New York City firefighter. I didn’t make it in, though. “
” When I’m working with improv people, I give them the green light to just bring it and try things. “
” I think the bigger the movie is, the harder it is to maintain the idea of an auteur. You’re servicing something beyond just your own vision. Whenever there’s a lot of money on the line, it is your responsibility to make sure that you’re doing your best to have people not lose their money and to actually win by betting on it. “
” I like a naturalism to my dialogue and my comedy. I would rather have a few jokes sail by that might be more subtle than have every single joke hit hard. I would rather the comedy come out of character as opposed to feeling forced. Even if you’re giving some laughs up for it. “
” For a movie – any movie – to work, all the bread has to fall jelly side up; everything has to go right. You have to hit the zeitgeist. “
” There is no free lunch, so if you’re playing with the big train set – on big movies – it’s a lot of money they’re entrusting you with, and you have to get that money back for them. I don’t take that responsibility lightly. “
” I like reading reviews. If they’re clearly hating on you, I try not to read that deeply. But if they really are trying to understand, it’s interesting. “
” A thoughtful piece of criticism by somebody who understands the context of what you are doing is a tremendous gift and honor to read, even if they don’t completely embrace your work. “
” I can’t begin to tell you how fulfilling the perennial nature of ‘Elf’ on television has been for me. It’s great to be able to connect parents with children both emotionally and through humor. “
” Of course I danced a lot when I was making ‘Swingers.’ The swing music scene was big in Hollywood, and I went to places like The Derby. And, after I wrote it and was trying to get it made, I would go every week so I’d be good at dancing. “
” At the end of the day, it seems like there’s a critic archetype for food movies, like with ‘Ratatouille’ or anything. You know, if you were doing a puppet show about chefs, one puppet would be the chef, one would be the critic. “
” Especially in the food business, critics take very seriously how much power they have. They can shut a restaurant down. “
” If you’re going to be an R already, you may as well be ‘The Hangover,’ and you may as well be as shocking as possible, because that’s what delivers the most return. “
” I love ‘Star Wars,’ you know, and I can’t remember the last story meeting I’ve been in where ‘Star Wars’ wasn’t referenced. It’s so perfect in so many ways. “
” I’ve always been fascinated by chefs and the worlds of chefs – what they do is incredibly cinematic. “
” You show people playing poker or hacking into a computer; it feels so significant in the script, and then when you see it on the screen, it loses something. But there’s something about cooking – food being prepared is incredibly captivating. It became just a fun box of tools to use as a director. “
” When you’re going for a big studio comedy, the joke tally better be pretty high, and you better have some big comedy set pieces. That was one of the issues when I was trying to get ‘Swingers’ made for the first time, which is that there weren’t any broad comedy set pieces. “
” ‘Made’ is about opening your heart to people who deserve your love and not trying to turn other people into something that they’re not: not trying to save people who don’t want to be saved. If you go down that dark path, you’re not going to end up doing any good. “
” David Anspaugh, who was my first director, on ‘Rudy,’ was all about empowering the actor, making you feel comfortable and appreciated, allowing you to keep your dignity, and treating you like a man. Being treated like a grown-up makes you proud to be involved in a film. “
” I don’t want to be an art-house movie guy, where people who go to film school can discuss your work, but people who haven’t studied cinema can’t appreciate it. By the same token, I don’t want to be the guy who’s making this commercial pap that people lap up but that disappears the minute you leave the theater. “
” I’ll basically eat anything that a chef puts in front of me. One of the reasons is respect for the chef. I watch chefs eat at other chefs’ restaurants, and they’re very aware not to leave anything over because the chef is watching very closely. It’s a very sincere interaction when two chefs are cooking for one another. “