Jon Favreau: What I've Learned

In 1996, Jon Favreau wrote and starred in one of the greatest break up comedies of all time, Swingers. This week his new film about middle age, family and food (lots of food) Chef hits the cinemas. We grabbed a quick chat about what life has taught him so far

People thought Swingers was an autobiography, but it wasn't. I was super sad and I was checking my messages a lot, but I was never that much of a basket case.

Vince? He was a version of that guy…

My life has become so hard to relate to since Swingers. People making movies… it's just not interesting to watch. The problems aren't that bleak.

I'm kinda obsessed with the culinary world. Ever since reading Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdain. There was rumour that Fincher and Brad Pitt were going to make a movie of it but that never happened.

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I've balanced things in my life, so Chef is more of a cautionary tale. It's about a guy whose family is falling about because he's too focused on his career.

My favourite dish in it is the brisket. There's an alchemy that comes with such a simple dish made from such a tough cut of beef; such a cheap cut, just with salt and pepper and smoke and time.

The best piece of advice I've had? When I was starting out in comedy, my teacher Glen Close told me: don't go for the funny; go for the truth, and you'll hit funny along the way.

Even if you're playing Stalin or Hitler, you have to find things about them you can relate to. Otherwise you're not doing your job.

If I could drink with anyone it would be George Washington. He was a giant among giants. He's on the $1 bill and on the quarter back home but he doesn't get enough attention.

The best age to be is 47. That's how old I am right now. The inconveniences that come with ageing are a small price to pay for the peace and the wisdom you acquire.

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