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Terrence Howard Blames Robert Downey Jr. For Getting Dropped From Iron Man Franchise


Terrence Howard portrayed Lt. Colonel James “Rhodey” Rhodes aka War Machine in the first Iron Man movie, only to be replaced by Don Cheadle in the franchise. Recently, Howard revealed that Robert Downey Jr. is the reason his contract was voided. 

Reports the Huffington Post:

“This is gonna get me in a lot of trouble, but who gives a f*ck,” Howard said. “It turns out that the person that I helped become ‘Iron Man,’ when it was time to re-up for the second one, took the money that was supposed to go to me and pushed me out.” He was, of course, referring to Robert Downey, Jr. According to Howard, Downey Jr. didn’t return his calls for three months. When asked how things were now between the two, Howard said, “Oh, I love him. God’s gonna bless him.”

According to Howard, he had a three picture deal, but the studio broke his contract when Downey Jr. wanted more money. In the past, Howard was a little kinder with his words. He told E! he was happy for Downey Jr.’s success and that he was born to play the part back in 2010. Now he says “Iron Man” killed his career. He told, “I had to start all over: went from making $6 million a movie, back to $60 thousand a movie … I’ll make $20 million soon. Because I have learned the lessons of yesterday.”

Well damn.

Howard’s new film, The Best Man Holiday is out today (November 15). As for Don Cheadle, he is prepping to play Miles Davis in an upcoming biopic.

Terrence Howard Calls Out Robert Downey, Jr. For Ruining ‘Iron Man’ Deal

Photo: Paramount Pictures

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  • InvisibleZombie

    I always thought he wasn’t continued in the role because he just wasn’t that good. His weak voice and demeanor sounded anything but heroic or commanding, he didn’t fit the part IMO.

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  • terrancehowardasucka

    what a load of bullshit. coming off one of the most successful movies that year, making half a billion dollars, and they had to take his money to pay another actor? gtfo. so how does he explain them paying samuel l jackson scarlett johannson sam rockwell don cheadle mickey rourke and gwyneth paltrow?all of whom are way bigger names?