Terrence Howard is Still a Tad Miffed About Losing That Iron Man Gig

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Jon Favreau, Robert Downey Jr. and Terrence Howard in Iron Man (2008) Movie Image

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:

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  • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Dedpool

    Tell why you mad son!!! LOL

  • Aegon the Conqueror

    Like I said, RDJ is just bout the money and he’s gonna sink marvel with his money grubbing. (BTW I felt this way before Iron Man 3 ripped my heart from my chest.)

    • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Dedpool

      Hate all you want but that ain;t gonna happen. Marvel has the bottomless pockets of the Mouse now!
      And this is funny considering how when he first got ousted it was reported that he actually got paid more than RDJ and was asking for a larger raise and that’s part of the reason why they let him go. As RDJ’s star began to shine, he didn’t want his dimmed. Hollywood egos.

      • Aegon the Conqueror

        As to what really happened who knows, what I do know is this
        Even Disney does not stand for John Carter’s. Do the math, if each one of the leasing actors asked for the salary RDJ is receiving, what’s that gonna do to the budgets?
        I smell a John Carter coming.

        • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Dedpool

          Not much if they keep raking in the money like they have. None of the Marvel Studios films have tanked. Just cause you didn’t like doesn’t take any money fgrom their pockets. Hell you paid to see IM3 so they still win! LoL Even GoTG has to do really really bad to make them re-think things and then they still have better known and more accessible properties coming too. And with GoTG they don’t even have a major star asking a crazy sum so that’s a win/win for them.

          • Aegon the Conqueror

            John Carter didn’t take if you think about it. It still made a butt load of money. The thing is the cost of the production was just so high that it made it nearly impossible to make profit. That’s what I mean.
            Yeah well I felt cheated when I walked out. If I could get my money back I would.
            And as for actually winning with me, I own all the other marvel movies on Blue Ray and DVD. I refuse to buy Iron Man 3 and I watched each one at least twice in cinema, same with the Dark Knight Trilogy and Man of Steel.
            It’s my small way of getting revenge. I just hope it doesn’t happen again.