If you’ve ever struggled to find a balance between nurturing a career and making time for friends and family, Jon Favreau’s latest should hit home. He leads Chef as Carl Casper, a successful chef whose career is decimated by one abysmal review. In an effort to regain some stability while also giving himself the freedom to take risks with his craft, Carl leaves the Los Angeles restaurant scene behind to run a food truck featuring his own, unique menu. For more on the film, here’s my review.
While in Austin, Texas for Chef’s world premiere at SXSW, Favreau took the time to sit down with Collider and talk a bit about the passion that fueled this project. Despite his appreciation for big budget productions, Favreau was thrilled to seize a particular opportunity that comes with making smaller ones, the chance to make a movie for an audience with in interest in a very specific set of challenges. Catch what Favreau had to say about bringing the issue of choosing work over family to screen as well as his plans for The Jungle Book and the status of Magic Kingdom after the jump.
- What makes Chef such a personal movie.
- When the time is right to make a personal movie.
- Food’s cinematic quality.
- Having Roy Choi cooking on set.
- Why his Jungle Book movie will be a standout.
- Update on Magic Kingdom.