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By Zack Zeigler
A lackluster sequel can poison a franchise. "
|Director Jon Favreau as Happy Hogan|
The stress to deliver another blockbuster was inevitable after the first movie grossed more than $585 million worldwide. The impact of Favreau's efforts helped reshape the perception of his directorial capabilities and transformed him from that dude in "Swingers" into the guy who directed "Iron Man."
"[There's] a lot of pressure, but I like it," he said at the 2009 Comic-Con in San Diego. "There is no way to half-ass it and have a good movie, not for me. To me, it's what you are passionate about enough to explore for two years."
Favreau's directing style calls for heavy improvisation from the cast. He urges actors to explore each scene for more emotion and chemistry in hopes it will generate realism onscreen. However, that style invites a frantic pace that includes numerous revisions, which kept screenwriter Justin Theroux on his toes to keep up with the ever-changing script.
"What has to happen in each scene, we understand," Favreau told reporters in Los Angeles two weeks before the May 7 premiere. "We leave a lot of room within those scenes and try to do multiple cameras sometimes or stay up and rewrite. And Justin was doing multiple passes,
"I lose track of stuff, especially with sequels as the franchise gets more complex," he said. "I don't always remember what happened in the last movie. I'm not going to do homework before I go see a sequel to be up on everything, so we tried to keep that simple."
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