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Having just reached a full 350 episodes of candid monologues and one-on-one interviews with comedy elite, the “Wtf with Marc Maron” podcast has become the go-to destination for rich discussion of the entertainment business and its denizens. It also provides a rare chance for reflection upon a career, and in “Iron Man” helmer Jon Favreau's case, an opportunity to discuss perhaps his biggest misstep as a director. In an extensive interview charting his beginnings as an improv comedian in Chicago to becoming a triple threat with “Swingers” in 1996, Favreau discusses with Maron the ever-growing stakes of his career, and what project signified those risks better than “Cowboys & Aliens”? Calling the 2011 Daniel Craig/Harrison Ford western “the most evolved work I've done,” he nonetheless learned some very hard lessons from the film's thorough critical and box-office scrubbing. “[The film] didn't »

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