It was a good year for this uncommon name. On the one hand, Jon Favreau—the actor/director—entered the league of franchise filmmakers with the blockbuster release of Iron Man, a relatively naturalistic take on the Marvel universe that drew big box office and returned Robert Downey Jr. to the A-list. Meanwhile, the younger, unrelated Favreau—fifteen years the elder Favreau's junior—emerged as the wunderkind speechwriter for Barack Obama, a job he likened in the New York Times to being "Ted Williams's batting coach." Of course, despite a banner year, neither can rest on his laurels. Iron Man II and the mid-term elections are coming up next year, while The Avengers and Obama's reelection bid are slated for 2011 and 2012, respectively. It's a good thing there are two Jon Favreaux. That's a lot—even for one name.
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