Published On: Sun, Jul 20th, 2014

Jon Favreau’s Price of Fame Is Ya Gotta Tip Big

Turns out, the most favorite thing Jon Favreau finds about himself is his generosity.

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Jon Favreau, 47 is one of the most visible Hollywood folks, doing acting, writing, producing and directing. he also talks a lot, on his own Dinner for Five on IFC, and on other people’s shows and publications.

Favreau talked to Empire Online about directing Marvel’s first self-financed blockbuster, Iron Man, a superhero movie for grownups.

Turns out, the most favorite thing Jon Favreau finds about himself is his generosity. He says he’s a huge tipper.

“A lot. A lot, ” he describes his tipping habits to the Empire magazine interviewer. “There’s a celebrity tax. You have to, especially now with social media. You cannot stiff somebody. I feel bad because I was a bartender so already I was a good tipper before I was famous or had money.”

The actor answered a series of quick fire questions for Empire’s regular feature, How Much is a Pint of Milk.

He also revealed his nickname (Favs), his most star struck moment (when he met Dan Aykroyd) and his signature dish (smoked brisket).

When Empire asked him to rate his fame on a scale of one to ten, Jon said: “Judging by how many people recognized me just crossing the street today, I’d say probably about a four. They recognize me, but there’s a freak-out level that happens where your quality of life begins to diminish. I saw it happen with Robert [Downey Jr.] I’d say he’s a nine. But nine means you can’t go to Disneyland without security.”

He also says people constantly quote his lines. “That’s where the four is a little misleading. Vegas is not a four. Vegas, I’ll get, ‘You’re so money!’ yelled in my face. They’re talking about Swingers (in which he co-starred with Vince Vaughn in 2001) all the way there. In Vegas, I’m an eight.”

Favreau was born in Flushing, Queens, New York, the son of Madeleine, an elementary school teacher who died of leukemia in 1979, and Charles Favreau, a special education teacher. His mother was Jewish and his father Catholic. Favreau attended Hebrew school and had a Bar Mitzvah.

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