Jon Favreau On Not Directing IRON MAN 3
The Iron Man and Iron Man 2 director relates his experience as a prime example of what it means to be a filmmaker in today's age. "The biggest contribution is when you come in and discover that cast, you find the right pitch for the show and then you create the world..."
"When you first walk on to the set it is strange. To see all my friends and my cast members there but Shane [Black] is someone who I've known for a while and Robert [Downey Jr.] knows for a very long time and I've done two, back-to-back. It's weird being on that set as an actor and producer and it's a little surreal, it feels like a dream. It's like when you go back to your old school in your dream or something. But I have to say, I've had so much fun and Shane's doing such a fantastic job. And I'm sort of getting used to the idea, having watched Robert on screen in The Avengers and having just been an executive producer on that, not directing. I've become comfortable with it and actually it was good set-up and preparation for Revolution because now I'm watching dallies of scenes directed by other directors with the same characters that I just worked with. So, I think that's part of what it means to be a filmmaker now. Whether you're dealing with pilots or franchises, the biggest contribution is when you come in and discover that cast, you find the right pitch for the show and then you create the world and hopefully other creative people can come in and build upon that. That's been very rewarding, so it's more like being a proud grandfather where you get to play with the baby but you don't have to change the diapers."
At one point in time Favreau was set to direct not only Iron Man 3 but The Avengers as well. You can only imagine the internal discourse that took place as he watched the massive success of The Avengers skyrocket Joss Whedon's profile and sees the buzz build for a third Iron Man film touted as reinvigorating the franchise he created. He may not be getting a lot of the recognition now but as the director stated, the tone, actor and characters in the Marvel Cinematic Universe have all more or less developed from the world he created in the first Iron Man film.
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Running Time: Unknown
Release Date: May 3, 2013
MPAA Rating: Unknown
Starring: Robert Downey Jr, Ben Kingsley, Gwyneth Paltrow, Rebecca Hall, Don Cheadle, William Sadler, James Badge Dale
Directed by: Shane Black
Written by: Shane Black (screenplay) Drew Pearce (screenplay) Stan Lee (comic book) Jack Kirby (comic book) Don Heck (comic book) Larry Lieber(comic book)
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