Jon Favreau says he feels like he’s “no longer an outsider” in Hollywood after being honored with a star on the Walk of Fame.
The actor and director said it was “really special” to be part of a new generation of creatives and 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.
At the ceremony in Los Angeles on Monday, he told the PA news agency that he hoped to inspire generations to come forward with his work.
“People think of Hollywood as an industrial city, which it is, but it’s also a neighborhood where we grew up and hung out and spent our time when we weren’t working,” he told PA.
“We hung out in these neighborhoods and we felt like outsiders and to be a part of it as the next generation comes here feels really special and hopefully we inspire the next generation.”
He added: “In the United States here and around the world, you grow up knowing what the Walk of Fame is and knowing what a star is — and here it is.
“I feel like I’m no longer an outsider, I feel like I’m a part of it and now it’s the responsibility for it to continue and we’re bringing in new storytellers and incorporating 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 – both of whom made comments ahead of the presentation.
“It is always an honor to work with such talented people and to have Robert Downey Jr and Roy Choi here to present this to me and share this moment with me was very special,” Favreau told PA.
Favreau directed the blockbuster hits Iron Man and Iron Man 2, starring Downey Jr., and served as executive producer on The Avengers and Avengers: Age Of Ultron, Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame – which became the highest-grossing film of all time at the global box office.
He also played the role of bumbling security guard 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 currently showrunner and executive producer of the acclaimed Star Wars series The Mandalorian for Disney+ and has served as executive producer and showrunner for The Book Of Boba Fett, as well as executive producer of the upcoming Star Wars series Ahsoka. and skeleton crew.
His star – awarded in the Television category – is the 2,746th on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and is located at 6840 Hollywood Boulevard across from the TCL Chinese Theater.