Terrence Howard and Sam Jackson Iron Man 2 News

Pretty much everyone was shocked when it was announced last week that Terrence Howard had been replaced on “Iron Man 2″ by Don Cheadle. The reason given for the replacement was “financial”, which means Howard either wanted more than Marvel was willing to pay for the sequel, or Howard’s people wanted more than their client was worth. Or at least, that’s the reason being floated by Marvel. Either way, Howard is now out of the “Iron Man” franchise, and Cheadle is in. So what does Howard have to say about it? Well, Howard has finally spoken up during a visit to NPR to promote his new musical album. Yes, Terrence Howard is releasing a CD. But never you mind that.

Here’s an excerpt of what he had to say (via CHUD):

“Yeah, I found that out, too…. It was the surprise of a lifetime. There was no explanation. [The contract] just…up and vanished. I read something in the trades implicating that it was about money or something, but apparently the contracts that we write and sign aren’t worth the paper that they’re printed on, sometimes. Promises aren’t kept, and good faith negotiations aren’t always held up.”

From Howard’s perspective, it sounds like he was surprised by the whole thing. And what exactly did he mean when he said the contract “up and vanished”? Did Marvel just decided they didn’t want Howard, so in order to cover their butts about firing him, floated the “he wanted too much money” spin? Or is Howard doing the spinning now? You decide.

You can hear the rest of the interview here. It’s mostly about Howard’s childhood. The “Iron Man 2″ part is at 4:50.

And speaking of “Iron Man 2″, Latino Review caught up with Sam Jackson at a press junket for his movie “Soul Men” and asked about his participation in the sequel.

He said he spoke with Favreau last night and was told he is in the sequel. What his role is, or how big it would be, he didn’t expand upon. But he did joke about making sure to sign a contract after what happened with Terrence Howard.

Nice one, Sam the Man!

Below: Terrence Howard should have known something was up when Marvel insisted he pay for his own uniforms during the shooting of “Iron Man”.