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Terrence Howard used to play Rhodey, aka War Machine in the “Iron Man” movies. Well, he was Rhodey in the first movie, anyway. He never really got to slipped on the rad War Machine armor before he was booted off the franchise and replaced with Don Cheadle.
There have been a lot of talk over the years about what happened to get Howard replaced. Some blamed Howard, others blamed Marvel for being cheap. (Marvel used to be really, really cheap “back in the day”.) As for Howard himself, well, apparently he blames it all on a certain actor.
While doing press for one of his movies on Bravo, the subject of “Iron Man” came up again, and Howard didn’t hold back. After years of keeping (mostly) mum on the issue, he had this to say about why he was replaced, and whose fault it was (via Vulture):
It turns out that the person that I helped become Iron Man, when it was time to re-up for the second one, took the money that was supposed to go to me and pushed me out.
Wait. The guy who “become Iron Man”? So that means…
We did a three-picture deal. That means you did the deal ahead of time — a certain amount for the first one, a certain amount for the second, a certain amount for the third. They came to me with the second and said ‘look, we will pay you one-eighth of what we contractually had for you, because we think the second one will be successful with or without you.’ And I called my friend, that I helped get the first job, and he didn’t call me back for three months.
Obviously he’s putting pretty much the entire thing on Robert Downey Jr. As you’ll recall, RDJ was not the big star he is now back in 2008. Inf act, after years of drug rehab and problems, he was a laughing stock, a liability on the set. “Iron Man” really shot him back into the spotlight, and you’ll notice he fully embraces it. As the saying goes, you don’t know what you have until you lose it.
Just in case you thought Howard was misquoted, here’s the actual video of him saying the above: