Seems like everyone on the planet’s fairly stoked about Iron Man 3…well, everyone EXCEPT Terrence Howard, that is.
At a recent press junket for his new film Dead Man Down (which also stars Colin Farrell), Hollywood.com asked Howard what’s the worst thing he ever saw, to which he jovially replied “Worst thing I witnessed was Iron Man killing my career. Or trying to. They tried to.”
Oscar nominated in 2006 for his role in Hustle And Flow, Howard took on the role of Col. James Rhodes (a.k.a War Machine) in the first Iron Man film back in 2008 and at the time, was the highest paid cast member. But because he signed on early and got his paycheck (BEFORE Robert Downey Jr was confirmed as Stark) and a contract that couldn’t be negotiated, he was S.O.L. when it came time to re-up for the sequel. In an article published that same year, Entertainment Weekly said that pay cut was estimated to be 50 to 80 percent LESS than what Howard made for the first film.
It’s been long rumored that Terence Howard has a reputation for “being hard to work with,” and along with his stormy personal life – a criminal record that includes being arrested twice for “assaulting a flight attendant” (the second time however was total bulls**t), he seemingly killed his own career.
EW says multiple sources have said executives at Marvel never said ANYthing to Howard’s people that he was problematic on set. Apparently director Jon Favreau and Iron Man producers were unhappy with Howard’s take on Rhodes, so they cut or re-shot his scenes altogether and when he and screenwriter Justin Theroux went to work on Iron Man 2, drastically cut the War Machine story line. When Marvel found out this was happening, they went to Howard’s agents with an offer that “supporting cast members were paid for the first movie.”
While promoting his new film, Howard told Spanish-language site Desde Hollywood (translated) “I love the fact that Iron Man put me on a world stage and tested my strength of character. I chose not to fight back, not to deal with the allegations, but to continue forward and do what I had to do. I had to start all over: went from making $6 million a movie back to $60 thousand a movie. But as long as you don’t give up you are able. I’ll make $20 million soon because I have learned the lessons of yesterday.”
Once it was assured Howard wouldn’t be reprising the role (but it was never confirmed whether Howard walked away or was released outright) the studio swiftly grabbed Boogie Nights and House Of Lies star Don Cheadle to step in.
But I wouldn’t worry too much about Howard; he’s got Dead Man Down and nine other projects that are either in pre/post-production or straight up filming as we speak.
After seeing both Iron Man films back-to-back last night, I really feel Don Cheadle is a better fit for the role; now that some time’s passed, so does Howard.
“Don Cheadle wanted to play that part before I wanted to play it, so everything is very well.”
Don’t count Howard out of the Marvel universe just yet; while he may not have been right for Favreau’s vision of this Marvel character doesn’t mean he’s not right for ANY character in the Marvel universe.
Not to mention on several occasions he’s said “Marvel and I are now talking about doing some other things.”
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