Terrence Howard On Losing “Iron Man 2″ and Don Cheadle

by | April 6, 2009 at 5:51 PM | Comic Book Movies, The Movies

Terrence Howard

Terrence Howard, who stars in the upcoming Fighting, was supposed to be working on Iron Man 2 about now, but through strange undisclosed contractual shenanigans, Don Cheadle is now playing Jim Rhodes and Howard is out. He recently elaborated a bit on what happened, saying “They made a choice. They made a very, very bad choice. They didn’t keep their word. They didn’t honor our contract. They sent everyone out into a field and told them to work and produce a great bounty. You produce a great bounty, and then when it’s all in the storehouse, you are not allowed into the storehouse.”

Marvel’s negotiations with its stars have been pretty prickly, with Samuel L. Jackson having to complain publicly before Marvel managed to sign him to an unprecedented nine-picture deal. “They did the same thing with Gwyneth, from what I’ve been told,” Howard said. “They did it with almost everyone, I think, except Downey throughout the thing. One of the things that actors need to learn to do is take a tip from Friends. You always choose to stick together. One for all and all for one. Our Gang, you know? Let Spanky be our rule.”

Howard seems to be taking the high road, though, as he still hopes the movie is good. “When someone does something wrong, you don’t have to get them back. Everything right will return the favor for you,” he said. He also has no ill will towards Cheadle, whom he credits with giving him his role in 2005′s Best Picture winner Crash. “Don is good by me, anything he does. He’s given me the greatest gift I could ever imagine having. Don gave me that, so anything I have, I’ll share with him.” He even said he’s looking forward to seeing Iron Man 2, despite all that went on. “I want to see Don Cheadle become me. I want him to do better than me. That’s what I really want to see. I think he can.”

Watch Howard at work in this clip from Fighting.


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