Terrence Howard blames Robert Downey Jr. for his Iron Man exit

Terrence Howard says actor Robert Downey Jr. is responsible for his departure from the Marvel franchise that began with the 2008 hit Iron Man. In the first film of the trilogy, Howard played Tony Stark’s friend James Rhodes. He was replaced by Don Cheadle, who played Rhodes in Iron Man 2 and 3. While promoting his new film The Best Man Holiday, Howard revealed details on his departure from the billion dollar franchise. “This is gonna get me in a lot of trouble,” he explained. “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.”

Howard continued: “We did a three picture deal. [I] did the deal ahead of time. A certain amount for the first one. For the second a certain amount. For the third… they came to me for the second one and said, ‘We will pay you 1/8th 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 who I helped get the first job and he didn’t call me back for three months.”

When asked how he felt now about his “friend,” he said: “Oh, I love him. God’s gonna bless him.” ~Raj-Kabir Birk

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  1. Racquel Garnette • November 16, 2013 @ 4:51 AM

    Terrence Howard i don’t think you should blame Robert Downey Jr for the Iron Man movie. Terrence you did not bad in the first one but i think Don Cheadle did a better job in the second and third then you ever did. Terrence you just need more practice to know what you are doing.

  2. Lawl • November 16, 2013 @ 7:48 PM

    I remember that Terrence Howard got booted from Iron Man 2 just after he publicly defended Chris Brown for beating Rhianna. I would have fired him too!

  3. DC • November 17, 2013 @ 11:36 PM

    Terrance just needs to stop blaming everyone but himself. Accept it, learn from it, move forward and let it go. He is even lucky to still have a career.

  4. ur mom • November 18, 2013 @ 3:11 PM

    Damn, I would totally be in the movie for $4 million the second time and third time. I don’t care if I get a raise or not, $4 million is A LOT OF MONEY!!

  5. Checkit • November 18, 2013 @ 9:48 PM

    What the? So the other stories were lies? He wanted more and they didn’t want to pay him more and he lost. Live with the bad decision Howard. Many actors made wrong choices. Sadly this one was likely over greed.

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