Bravo Favreau

 

Most of us were introduced to Jon Favreau as the heartbroken and crestfallen “Mike,” a 20-something aspiring actor trying to catch a break in Los Angeles while coping with a break-up in Swingers. The cult classic ended up serving as the springboard for the careers of Favreau, Ron Livingston, Heather Graham and, most notably, Vince Vaughn.

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Since the Swinger days and his excruciatingly uncomfortable answering machine scene, Favreau has exploded onto the Hollywood circuit with myriad memorable roles in front of the camera while succeeding perhaps even further with his producing, writing and directing skills behind the camera. With Mr. Favreau celebrating his 48th birthday today, we wanted to take this opportunity to stroll down memory lane with a look at his impressive body of work.

Favreau wrote the script and played the key role of which the plot revolved around in Swingers. To this day, it’s a beautifully executed story and a spectacular example of how a no-budget, independent film can overcome the endless production challenges to succeed and propel those involved to future stardom.

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Mike in “Swingers” -1996

As one of the memorable characters brought in to support the cast of Friends, Favreau found himself in the envious role as Monica’s boyfriend but also in the less than envious role as the unsuccessful punching bag of a UFC fighter.

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Pete Becker on “Friends” – 1997

Again as the best friend to Vince Vaughn’s character in The Break-Up, Favreau plays the witty, loyal and downright honest wingman who tries to help his buddy through a rough split with Jennifer Aniston.

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Johnny O in “The Break-Up” – 2006

In 2008, Favreau put the “fun” in “dysfunctional” as Vaughn’s brother ‘Denver’ (named for the city in which he was conceived) in Four Christmases. In addition to his passion for wrestling and chicken wings, Denver’s game skills while playing “Taboo” make for one of the funniest scenes anywhere. Take a look…

 

In Couples Retreat, he was looking for love in all the wrong places. Instead of working on his marriage, he readily told his female masseuse “I hold a lot of tension in my upper thighs.” He wrote the script that showed just how stunning Bora Bora is, all the while detailing the challenges and obstacles of keeping a solid union with one’s spouse intact.

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Joey in “Couples Retreat” – 2009

In a movie we’ve long contended is an underrated gift of a comedy, I Love You, Man saw Favreau in a salty, straight-to-the-point, prickish role as one of Paul Rudd’s biggest critics. In his defense, Rudd’s “Peter Claven” didn’t give him a lot to work with. Case in point, Favreau finding himself on the wrong end of the “Puke Pistol.” There’s not a scene that he’s in that doesn’t result in a laugh.

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Barry in “I Love You, Man” – 2009

We’d be remiss if we didn’t acknowledge Favreau’s continuous role of importance in some of the box office’s biggest hits. He’s been the executive producer of the wildly popular and lucrative money making Iron Man series as well as The Avengers. There truly seems to be nothing that Favreau can’t accomplish on either side of the lens.

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Executive Producer in the “Iron Man” series and “The Avengers”

Finally, this year saw Favreau multi-task again while serving as writer, director and the lead role in Chef. To date, it’s one of the best films we’ve seen this year and not only made us appreciate his overall range but also gave us hope that he’ll do these kind of projects more often in the future.

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Carl Casper in “Chef” – 2014

This has felt more like our birthday in getting to chronicle some of Jon Favreau’s greatest gifts. Happy birthday Jon, with many more to come.