Magazine May 9, 2016, Issue

Hollywood’s Great Jungle

Neel Sethi in The Jungle Book (Walt Disney Pictures)

If you want to have a sunny view of Hollywood, to believe that sometimes it’s actually the kind of place where talented people can have happy lives making movies that the whole family can enjoy, one place to look would be the career of Jon Favreau.

Favreau is a heavyset, long-faced Italian-Jewish guy from Queens who made his way west after dropping out of college to try to make a career in comedy. He did stand-up, landed a few small movie roles, and then had a big break: He wrote and starred in (and, crucially, helped cast his friend Vince Vaughn

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