Born On This Day — October 19

Jon Favreau

I’ve always wanted to call the shots because I would rather fail than not have a chance to figure it out on my own. I’m a very lazy person by nature. I have to be really engaged, and then I go straight from lazy to obsessive. I couldn’t study chemistry, but I could memorize all the books for Dungeons and Dragons. It was ridiculous. The trick is to find what I like to do.

—Jon Favreau
"Labor Day" Press Conference - 2013 Toronto International Film Festival

Being the son of a filmmaker, you are aware of a career as a director. You don’t think of it as just movies, but as a life. I couldn’t help but wonder how my life was going to go.

I don’t want to make films that give you the answer. If there is a message to my films—and I hope there isn’t—it’s to be open-minded. 

—Jason Reitman