Jonathan Kolia 'Jon' Favreau hits a half century today. The actor/comedian has become a consistent and bankable director over the years, becoming a crowd favreau-te in the process. As an actor, he is known for roles in films such as Rudy, Swingers (which he also wrote), Very Bad Things, The Break-Up and also in the sitcom Friends, where he plays Pete Becker (Monica Geller's boyfriend in the third season). He produces films under his banner Fairview Entertainment and has also served as an executive producer on The Avengers and Iron Man 3. Today, on his 50th birthday, let's have a look at his top five films directed by him so far. We also cannot wait for his live-action remake of The Lion King.
Iron Man (2008) and Iron Man 2 (2010)
Easily amongst Marvel's greatest characters, Tony Stark is an industrialist and master engineer, who builds a powered exoskeleton and becomes the technologically advanced superhero Iron Man. The character was brought to life in the very popular Iron Man, Iron Man 2 and Iron Man 3, the first two of which were directed by Favreau.
The Jungle Book (2016)
A live-action reboot of everyone's favorite story, the film is brought alive with the voices of Bill Murray, Ben Kingsley, Idris Elba, Lupita Nyong'o, Scarlett Johansson, Giancarlo Esposito, and Christopher Walken.
Written, produced, directed by and starring Favreau as a professional chef, this sweet and simple film also stars Sofía Vergara, John Leguizamo, Scarlett Johansson, Oliver Platt, Bobby Cannavale, Dustin Hoffman and Robert Downey, Jr.
Cowboys & Aliens (2011)
This film is about an amnesiac outlaw (Daniel Craig), a wealthy cattleman (Harrison Ford), and a mysterious traveler (Olivia Wilde) who must ally to save a group of townspeople abducted by aliens.
The fantasy film is about one of Santa's elves (Will Ferrell) who learns of his true identity as a human and goes to New York City to meet his biological father (James Caan), spreading Christmas cheer in a world of cynics as he goes.