Jon Favreau says he feels he is “no longer an outsider” in Hollywood, after being honored with a star on the Walk of Fame.
The actor and director said it was “very special” to be part of a new generation of creative people and that there was a “responsibility” to keep the industry moving.
Favreau has been instrumental in the development of blockbuster franchises including Star Wars and the Marvel Cinematic Universe – acting, directing and producing multiple shows and spin-offs.
His most recent project was the dinosaur docu-series Prehistoric Planet – a five-episode series, narrated by Sir David Attenborough.
Speaking at the ceremony in Los Angeles on Monday, he told the PA news agency that he hoped to inspire generations to follow his work.
“People think of Hollywood as an industrial town, which it is, but it’s also a neighborhood, where we grew up and hung out and where we spent our time when we weren’t working,” he told PA.
“We were hanging out in these neighborhoods and we felt like outsiders and to be a part of it as the next generation coming here feels really special and hopefully we inspire the next generation.”
He added: “Here in the States and around the world, you grow up knowing what the Walk of Fame is and knowing what a star is – and here she is.
“I feel like I’m not an outsider anymore, I feel like I’m part of it and now there’s a responsibility to keep it going and we bring in new storytellers and incorporate new technologies to keep it fresh.”
Favreau was joined at the ceremony by famous faces including Marvel boss Kevin Feige, as well as Roy Choi and Marvel star Robert Downey Jr – who gave their comments before the presentation.
“It’s always an honor to work with such talented people as Robert Downey Jr and to have Roy Choi here to help me present this and share this moment with me, it was really special,” Favreau told PA.
Favreau directed the blockbusters Iron Man and Iron Man 2, starring Downey Jr, and was an executive producer on The Avengers and Avengers: Age Of Ultron, Avengers: Infinity War, and Avengers: Endgame – which became to be the highest rated film of all. time at the box office around the world.
He also played the part of bumbling security agent Happy Hogan, a character who appears in both the Iron Man and Spider-Man entries in the MCU.
In the world of Star Wars, Favreau is the show director and executive producer of the popular series Star Wars The Mandalorian for Disney + and was the executive producer and show director of The Book Of Boba Fett, as well as executive producing the series Ahsoka’s upcoming Star Wars. and Skeleton Staff.
His star – awarded in the Television category – is number 2,746 on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and is located at 6840 Hollywood Boulevard across from the TCL Chinese Theatre.