Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Cooking Up an Indie Treat; Jon Favreau Hit the Blockbuster Big Time with the Iron Man Movies, but He's Downsized with His Latest Project, Chef. the Director, Writer and Actor Tells Susan Griffin Why It's Such a Joy to Have Complete Creative Control

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Cooking Up an Indie Treat; Jon Favreau Hit the Blockbuster Big Time with the Iron Man Movies, but He's Downsized with His Latest Project, Chef. the Director, Writer and Actor Tells Susan Griffin Why It's Such a Joy to Have Complete Creative Control

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Jon Favreau and Sofia Vergara, main image, in a scene from Chef, which he wrote, produced, directed and starred in Jon Favreau and Sofia Vergara, main image, in a scene from Chef, which he wrote, produced, directed and starred in BIG BIG SCREEN SCREEN AS director, producer, writer and star of Chef, Jon Favreau was able to hand-pick his cast. And what's a man to do but ask two of the world's most gorgeous women, Scarlett Johansson and Modern Family's Sofia Vergara, if they'd play the love interests of his character, Chef Carl Casper.

S director, producer, writer and star of Chef, Jon Favreau was able to hand-pick his cast. And what's a man to do but ask two of the world's most gorgeous women, Scarlett Johansson and Modern Family's Sofia Vergara, if they'd play the love interests of his character, Chef Carl Casper.

"By having such beautiful women involved, it shows what the chef culture has become, and what a fantasy it can be for people entering that field," says Queens-born Favreau of the actresses who play his girlfriend and ex-wife respectively.

"By having such beautiful women involved, it shows what the chef culture has become, and what a fantasy it can be for people entering that field," says Queens-born Favreau of the actresses who play his girlfriend and ex-wife respectively.

With black specs, tight curls and a 'heavy' build, Favreau, by his own admission, isn't the type of man who'd usually physically attract such women - but that's the point.

With black specs, tight curls and a 'heavy' build, Favreau, by his own admission, isn't the type of man who'd usually physically attract such women - but that's the point.

Chefs are like rock stars, certainly in certainly in "I don't know if it's always been that way, but chefs are like rock stars, certainly in the States. They definitely punch above their weight and end up with women who are fixated on them because of how skilled they are in the kitchen," adds the gently-spoken, fast-talking film-maker.

"I don't know if it's always been that way, but chefs are like rock stars, certainly in the States. They definitely punch above their weight and end up with women who are fixated on them because of how skilled they are in the kitchen," adds the gently-spoken, fast-talking film-maker.

the States the States Following mammoth success helming the first two Iron Man movies, starring Robert Downey Jr (who makes a cameo in Chef), and being executive producer on Avengers Assemble and Iron Man 3, Favreau was keen to return to his indie roots and create a movie on a much smaller scale.

movies, starring Robert Downey Jr (who makes a cameo in Chef), and being executive producer on Avengers Assemble and Iron Man 3, Favreau was keen to return to his indie roots and create a movie on a much smaller scale.

"I like working on the big studio movies, you certainly have a lot more tools in your toolbox to tell the story with computer effects, big crews and big budgets, but there's a certain trade-off that you experience between creative control and the size of the production," explains the 47-year-old.

"I like working on the big studio movies, you certainly have a lot more tools in your toolbox to tell the story with computer effects, big crews and big budgets, but there's a certain trade-off that you experience between creative control and the size of the production," explains the 47-year-old.

"So it's nice - once in a while - to get back to something that might be more challenging logistically, but creatively, you have complete control over. That's refreshing."

"So it's nice - once in a while - to get back to something that might be more challenging logistically, but creatively, you have complete control over. That's refreshing."

Favreau began his film-making career nearly two decades ago, writing and starring with Vince Vaughn in the 1996 hipster comedy Swingers, after they met on the 1993 film Rudy. …

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