why was terrence howard replaced in iron man
Iron Man actor Terrence Howard has claimed Robert Downey Jr "pushed him out" of the lucrative superhero franchise, and "took [his] money". Howard played Lt. Colonel James Rhodes in the first Iron Man film, opposite Downey's Tony Stark, but was replaced by Don Cheadle for
and. At the time it was reported that Howard's salary was the highest of the entire cast, and he refused to take a "50 and 80 percent pay cut" for the second film, with Howard's "difficult behaviour" on set compounding issues. However, while appearing as a guest on the Bravo TV chat show Watch What Happens: Live to promote, Howard directly accused Downey of sabotaging his return to the Iron Man role. ""It turns out that the person that I helped become Iron Man, when it was time to [â] re-up for the second one took the money that was supposed to go to me and pushed me out. " After saying he had originally signed to a three-picture deal, Howard said: "They came to me [for] the second and said, '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. " Howard won the role in Iron Man shortly after appearing in the acclaimed hip-hop drama, for which he received an Oscar nomination for best actor, and performed on which won the Oscar for best original song in 2006. Terrence Howard interviewed in 2008 Peter Bradshaw's review of Iron Man 2008Ás á ushered in the Age of Marvel, and the movie business hasnÁt been the same since. DirectorÁs Jon FavreauÁs blockbuster origin story was a introduction to the now-established Marvel Cinematic Universe and not only cemented the comeback of star Robert Downey Jr. , but launched him into superstar status.
DowneyÁs billionaire, playboy, genius, philanthropist Tony Stark would be joined by other charismatic stars in the form of Chris Hemsworth as Thor and Chris Evans as Captain America, but Downey remains MarvelÁs most popular Á and highest paid Á poster boy. DowneyÁs co-star in the firstá Iron Maná was Terrence Howard, a fine actor who had been nominated for an Oscar forá Hustle Flowá following his acclaimed turn iná Crash. Howard played StarkÁs best friend and ally Col. James ÁRhodeyÁ Rhodes, a character who Á in the comics Á took over for Stark as Iron Man and eventually became a superhero called War Machine. Howard was replaced by hisá Crashá co-stará Don Cheadle in 2010Ásá , and like Maggie Gyllenhaal replaced Katie Holmes as Rachel Dawes in, many fans didnÁt seem to mind. There were brief rumblings three years ago regarding the change-up, but some of the details remained unknown Á until Terrence Howard answered a call-in question on BravoÁs late-night chat showá Watch What Happens Live and dished some surprisingly candid dirt laced with a palpable amount of vitriol. Watch the segment. On why he didnÁt return, Howard said: ÁIt turns out that the person I helped become Iron Man Á when it was time to re-up for the second one, (he) took the money that was supposed to go to me and pushed me out. Áá á The unnamed Á he Á is Robert Downey, Jr. , of course. Howard elaborated after host Andy Cohen commented that ÁThe word was that you wanted the same money as Downey. Áá ÁWe did a three-picture deal, so that means that you did the deal ahead of time. It was going to be a certain amount for the first one, a certain amount for the second one, a certain amount for the third.
They came to me with the second and said, ÁLook, 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. Á And I called my friend Á that I helped get the first job Á and he didnÁt call me back for three months. Á ItÁs been years since then, though Á Cohen asked how things are between Howard and his Á friend. Á HowardÁs response was as dry as a post-apocalyptic wasteland: ÁOh, I love him. GodÁs going to bless him. Á In an industry where salary details Á especially those concerning huge blockbuster movies like MarvelÁs Á are generally not broadcast, HowardÁs revelations are surprising. Besides virtually guaranteeing that he wonÁt be getting a Christmas card from RDJ this year, what else can we glean from HowardÁs story? A day later, Showbizcafe. com Á s Tony Rico appeared on NBCÁsá á and provided the monetary amounts Howard was referring to. Essentially, rather than pay Howard the $8 million forá Iron Man 2á per his contract, they offered him $1 million instead. According to Howard, the money promised to him went to Robert Downey Jr. instead. á á Many franchise roles Á especially the ones based on comic book superheroes á Á are recast between films (Mark Ruffalo replaced Ed Norton as the Hulk, for example), and while Rhodey intervened at key points during the firstá Iron Man, that film was first and foremost the RDJ show. Howard was pretty solid in the role, but it was really Cheadle who put his stamp on the character á in the two sequels Á there is no hard report on how much Cheadle got, but according to hisá á page, his salary forá Iron Man 2 was the one million dollars Howard refused.
Just how much of this can we take at face value? Given MarvelÁs by now well-documented practice of low-balling their actors, probably a lot. We already know that RDJ reportedly received upwards of for appearing iná (that includes a backend deal, of course), and while negotiations between Downey and Marvel for á were, he finally for that film following the billion-dollar success ofá Iron Man 3. Terrence Howard is evidently still quite bitter about the whole deal, that much is clear Á whatÁs less than clear is just how Howard ÁhelpedÁ Downey win the role of Tony Stark. While we know that other actors Á like Sam Rockwell, who would appear as Justin Hammer in the sequel Á were considered for the role, not much is known about the process otherwise. Howard is miffed about missing out on such a lucrative franchise, but itÁs not as if heÁs not working Á he was iná Lee DanielsÁ The Butler, turned in a powerful dramatic turn iná Prisoners, and is currently on the big screen reprising his role iná The Best Man Holiday. Given the amount of respect heÁs earned in Hollywood, he wonÁt be hurting for roles anytime soon. On one level, we canÁt blame Howard for his bitterness. On a whole other level, itÁs difficult to empathize with the petty squabbling between millionaire movie starsÁ HowardÁs face as he tells Cohen that ÁGod will blessÁ Robert Downey Jr. is still priceless, though. Perhaps his best move would be to campaign for a role in the DC Movie Universe, maybe? Terrence Howard can be seen in The Best Man Holiday, which is currently in theaters. Robert Downey Jr. will return as Iron Maná in The á Avengers: Age of Ultron á on May 1st, 2015. Source: (184) More in
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