Jon Favreau on ‘The Jungle Book’ and Why Jeff Bridges Wanted Tony Stark Dead in ‘Iron Man’

     April 11, 2016

I absolutely loved Jon Favreau’s The Jungle Book. The best way I can describe the film is that it’s his Avatar – meaning a film that transports you to another time and place and something you absolutely want to see in 3D. As most of you know, the film is based on the classic animated film and focuses on Mowgli (Neel Sethi), a boy raised in the jungle by wolves, who must go on the run when he becomes hunted by the jungle’s cruel overlord, Shere Khan (voiced by Idris Elba). Loaded with incredible visual effects that have to be seen to be believed, The Jungle Book is the type of film all ages can enjoy and I absolutely recommend checking it out this weekend when it opens in theaters. The film also features the voices of Bill MurrayBen KingsleyLupita Nyong’oScarlett JohanssonChristopher WalkenGiancarlo Esposito, and Emjay Anthony.


jungle-book-poster-hi-resLast week at the Los Angeles press day I landed an exclusive video interview with Jon Favreau. He talked about memorable moments from filming, how everyone knew James Cameron when he visited the set, meeting Bill Murray and getting him to record his lines, what will be included on the eventual Blu-ray, what he collects, and more.

In addition, since the first Iron Man was in theaters I’ve always had one issue with the film: why does Obadiah Stane (Jeff Bridges character) want to kill Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) when it’s clear Stark just wants to drink, party, design weapons, and not run the company? Since Favreau directed the film, I decided to get an answer. Check out what he had to say above.

Jon Favreau:

  • The Stark Expo t-shirt
  • I’ve always wanted to know why Jeff Bridges character at the beginning of Iron Man wanst to kill Tony Stark when he was not interested in running the company.
  • How it’s his Avatar and when James Cameron came to set everyone knew him.
  • When did he realize what he was trying to do with this film was going to work.
  • How long was his first cut?
  • What will be on the Blu-ray?
  • Memorable moments from filming. Talks about meeting Bill Murray and getting him to record his lines.
  • What’s his karaoke song?
  • What does he collect?

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