Terrance Howard Blames Robert Downey Jr. For ‘Iron Man’ Fallout


Ever wonder why Terrence Howard didn’t appear in the Iron Man sequels as USAF Lt. Col. James “Rhodey” Rhodes (aka War Machine)? Instead, actor Don Cheadle picked up the role in Iron Man 2, and continued into the third film.

Though, there were rumors that the actor was being difficult and demanded more money, he says this is not true. On Thursday’s (Nov. 14) episode of Bravo’s “Watch What Happens Live,” a caller asked Howard why he didn’t appear. He opened up, claiming the film’s star Robert Downey Jr. pushed him out.

“It turns out that the person I helped become Iron Man … 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,” Howard told host Andy Cohen.

He didn’t call out RDJ by name, instead referred to him as “the person” who became Iron Man, was, of course, which is obvioisly Robert Downey Jr.

“We did a three-picture deal, so that means that you did the deal ahead of time,” Howard continued. “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, ‘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.”

Following the Iron Man 2 debacle, Howard’s career took a nosedive, due to rumors, finding himself in a string of bad films. However, he’s doing press currently for his role in The Best Man Holiday, the sequel to the 1999 original, in theaters now.

“I love the fact that Iron Man put me on a world stage and tested my strength of character. Because 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.”








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