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Terrence Howard Blames Robert Downey Jr. For Getting Him Fired From 'Iron Man 2'

by Kevin Jagernauth
November 15, 2013 12:45 PM
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Terrence Howard certainly hasn't been quiet about his removal from the Marvel-verse and "Iron Man" series after the first hit film. Earlier this year he took a swipe at the comic studio for their dealmaking, in which actors sign for multiple pictures, but Marvel has the ultimate say on whether or not they'll use them again. "...I didn't know it wasn't a mutually binding contract; it was only beneficial for them and they could bring me back or not. They can honor it or not,” he said about why he was replaced by Don Cheadle in "Iron Man 2," where he was supposed to earn $8 million, an increase from the $4.5 million he took home for the first movie. But now he also points a finger at Robert Downey Jr., who he says suggested him for the superhero job in the first place.

"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 said on Bravo's "Watch What Happens Live." 

"We did a three-picture deal. That means you did the deal ahead of time—a certain amount for the first one, a certain amount for the second, 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," Howard added. Ouch.

In case you're wondering, Howard taking credit for RDJ getting the "Iron Man" gig is nothing new. In 2010, not long after "Iron Man 2" opened, a much more seemingly forgiving Howard had this to say to E!: ""For me to have recommended him, it means all the more so that I helped someone get to where they are supposed to go. Marvel and I are now talking about doing some other things. And Don Cheadle wanted to play that part before I wanted to play it, so everything is very well."

Well, clearly those Marvel plans aren't happening—Howard has since claimed they tried to kill his career—and the actor is leaving the ultimate judgement on RDJ to the man above. "Oh, I love him. God's going to bless him," he said. [Vulture]

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  • Mike | June 20, 2014 4:58 PMReply

    Ahhhh shaddap bunch of pansies you all
    Sound like a bunch of sucky baby's and dumb.
    Who cares?!

  • Dean Lundquist | May 29, 2014 12:09 AMReply

    Frankly, I always thought Terrence Howard was a little young to be playing James Rhodes. I know he's only about five years younger than RDJ, but he just looks younger to me. Anyway, something about this story doesn't add up. Perhaps it is because War Machine has much more screen time in Iron Man 2 than in Iron Man. I seem to remember at the time the rumor was that Howard was holding out for more money after the success of Iron Man. I don't suppose anyone of us will ever really know what happened. All I know is that Iron Man 2 is a rather forgettable chapter in the Iron Man franchise, but Don Cheadle sort of comes into his own in Iron Man 3. Rumors are that War Machine will appear in Avengers 2. Maybe it's just sour grapes on Howard's part. The amount of money they make for appearing in these movies is ridiculous. $8 mill for Iron Man 2? $4.5 mill for Iron Man? Jeez. Like you really have my sympathy, bro.

  • Johnathan Nielsen | April 4, 2014 11:42 PMReply

    How do those sour grapes taste? Does that mean Keanu Reeves owes Alex Winter for his career as well.

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    Its hard out there for a pimp

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  • Huna | February 7, 2014 11:47 AMReply

    Yeah we wanna see terrence howard in his own leading role :) he's that good a actor he deserves the spotlight in my opinion

  • Matt | February 15, 2014 6:29 PM

    Three words; Hustle and Flow. He is spellbinding!

  • SR skins | January 29, 2014 8:36 AMReply

    A one dimensional actor claiming credit for resurrecting the career of another limited actor.
    Now that's laughable! TH and RDJ both have had "flashes" of promise. I think the comments
    show the more desperate egomaniac of the two.

  • nick | December 26, 2013 2:50 PMReply

    I am the same because there is somone who i know called sean somtimes whistles i tell him to stop it which ends up me having the blame more than sean this upsets me can anyone surggest somthing for me so i dont get the blame more than sean who i know

  • Lisa | December 4, 2013 9:58 PMReply

    I love Terrance Howard. Howard grab something better! You deserve it!

  • Feathers39 | November 18, 2013 8:34 PMReply

    CAN'T STAND RDJ - so arrogant. He thinks he's Sherlock Holmes and Tony Stark. What a huge egotistical maniac. I like the Avengers but I fast forward when I see RDJ. I think he's a moron and a sell-out. His new drug is an over-inflated ego and he's now over-dosing on arrogance!

  • Elmo | May 24, 2014 1:46 PM

    Hi, your probably not aware of this but RDJ has always been like that, long before he ever did iron man or Sherlock Holmes. Check out sone of older work, like In ally McBeal or something. So him being a recovered alcoholic/addict and coming back bigger than ever actualy makes him more like tony stark than you realize. And like I said, his personality, acting style. Has always been that character, thats what he's good at.

  • Ganiedia | November 17, 2013 3:35 PMReply

    Terrence Howard = disgusting piece of crap for saying these things. Why bring it up now? Why, he's trying to flack his own movie, and get cheap publicity by saying mean things about a star who has, let's see, NOTHING to do with his current movie or career. Leave Robert Downey Jr. alone, you cheap hack, and go back to beating women -- which, oh, by the way, probably negates anything else you say.

  • JMS | November 17, 2013 3:31 PMReply

    Terrence Howard is handling it the right way. He is still working which is good to see, as he is a great actor, and lovely to see on the big screen. I LOVE his music too! Buy the album so he will make more music.

    I'm glad RDJ is working again, and telling the truth in the Iron Man series for all to see about the corruption of governments and the military with fake terrorists. Win! Win!

  • GAY PERRY | November 18, 2013 1:36 AM

    people tell the truth about brainwashed sicko tom cruise
    they tell the truth about racist anti semitic homophobic wife beater mel gibson
    so why not tell the truth about sellout downey jr ?

    i used to love him
    wonder boys
    kiss kiss bang bang

    and now look at him he is no better than depp making predictable sequels :(

  • Ggg | November 16, 2013 4:10 PMReply

    Black maannnnnn

  • GUY#1 | November 16, 2013 2:18 PMReply

    Wow article blows his comments completely out of proportion.

  • scripttease | November 16, 2013 2:09 PMReply

    I'm surprised he didn't put the blame on Black Women, anywho...................

  • Donella | November 16, 2013 12:54 PMReply

    Terrance Howard is a talented actor with a high-maintenance personality.

    Despite, TH's acting talent, he and Robert Downey Jr lacked chemistry onscreen to the point one wondered why the two would be friends.

    Didn't work out, but TH has found other important roles and should likely focus more on those current 2013 projects (Prisoners, The Butler, The Best Man Holiday) and forgo further comment on old news from 2008 (even when asked by dirt-seeking journalists).

  • charlie chaplin | November 18, 2013 1:39 AM

    they should have cast ,,,
    val kilmer
    mel gibson
    james woods
    tommy lee jones
    jake gyllenhaal
    michael douglas
    wesley snipes
    fine actors who showed incredible chemistry with RDJ

  • AE | November 17, 2013 9:49 AM

    There are talented actors who aren't high maintenance personalities?

  • Matt | November 16, 2013 12:47 PMReply

    Boy, Andy has a real knack for making people sound like bitchy a "Housewife." Is Terrence auditioning for the next Housewife series? After seeing this interview, he's a shoe-in!

  • Anna | November 16, 2013 11:43 AMReply

    Talk about a oversized ego! Sure, actors can be selfcenterd, especially in Hollywood, but this is extreme even for Hollywood. His is a god actor but his is far from that special as his Think. He need a serious realitycheck! The fact that his carer isen't big than it is, isen't anyones fault but his. I diden't know if what I Heard was tru but I have Heard that his is very hard to work with and that was the reason that he had problems to get god parts or parts at all. Hearing this just confirms it. Then he blams everybody els for it. Tragic.

  • Necropost | August 9, 2014 3:31 AM

    *feel- just

    *Comment about glass houses and throwing stones*

  • Bellachic | July 19, 2014 1:06 AM

    Whats tragic is your obvious poor grammar & spelling! Not to mention the fact that you just dont know/understand the industry & how difficult it is for blacks to shine/succeed without a bunch of mess from nay-sayers. And to anyone else, we all have feelings & reasons for how we feel-just like you'd like to be left alone to feel/think/say/do whatever you choose to without judgements, leave TH alone to his. No one truly knows what goes on in Hollyweird but the Actors themselves!

  • frank TJ mackey | November 18, 2013 1:40 AM

    RDJ is the one who needs a reality check

    the fake smile
    the predicable sequels
    the ''love'' for the fans
    who does that remind you of ?


  • Anon | November 16, 2013 11:35 AMReply

    the pink elephant in the room is this is why hollywood rarely uses mixed race (male) actors and prefer black actors becuase black actors "know their placs" and don't DEMAND things-they are so delighted they even have a career no matter how small the role becuase its so rare that they are even cast in mainstream hollywood movies in the first place!
    However, mixed race people feel more entitled to the spoils; they belive that they are on the same level of whites because they are half WHITE themselves and have full white relatives how could you not compare yourself? there is no way hollywood is going to allow them to compete with or replace the white lead.
    This is hollywood beliefs and values NOT mine.

  • Emperor Zerg Rush | July 19, 2014 3:31 AM

    Bellachic, what's to be gained commenting on an article from 2013? That sense of superiority is all but wasted when the audience of comments you're responding to likely stopped giving a damn hours after that left their own responses LAST YEAR.

  • bellachic | July 19, 2014 1:13 AM

    And my point exactly from my comment above. Way to deflect your racist opinion & blame it on Hollywood. Smh. What is w/you people & your hatred for us?.. simpky because we are a different color. There are good & bad people from all walks of lufe. I hope someday when you need help the most its a black man there to help so you eat your words. Im so glad im AA, funny all my ancestors died and were mistreated wether they were dark/light skinned. BTW, I am light skinned & VERY PROUD. Would not EVER choose to be any other race but BLACK.

  • 100% black | November 19, 2013 10:41 AM

    Eventhough this may or may not be hollywood opinion', you can not speak on 100% blacks or as you put it mixed blacks. I want to say this the 100% blacks and the mixed blacks to their faces and not choose to say this online

  • JESSE ROBERT FORD | November 18, 2013 1:42 AM

    halle berry won the oscar
    after whoopi goldberg and angela basset should have won it first
    and she was in that X MEN franchise

    she is light skin yes ?

  • Cynt | November 15, 2013 10:53 PMReply

    Terrence Howard has ALWAYS been a self-promoting *hole! He thinks he's the greatest looking man on the plant and he thinks this gives him the right to mistreat people. No one likes him on set because he is so conceited. He did Jon Favreau a favor by 'demanding' more money, it made it just that much easier to dump him. Don Cheadle is a better actor anyway.

  • ROBERT GRAYSMITH | November 18, 2013 1:45 AM

    RDJ was the star of iron man
    like bale is to batman and damon was to bourne

    i was shocked to hear TH was paid the most

  • nadine roberts | November 15, 2013 9:18 PMReply

    howard u queen just shut yo mouth.

  • Morgan | November 15, 2013 7:45 PMReply

    Terrence Howard is not very smart, he didn't sign with the comic book giant because he didn't like the power they had over him if he would sign a multiple film contract, and now he's crying because they didn't use him? wow!

  • ANDY OZ NOD | November 18, 2013 1:47 AM

    pierce brosnan was supposed to do 4 bonds

    tarantino wanted to do a 5th

    casino royale (with pierce)

    the producers were scared sh**less

  • Thomas | November 16, 2013 1:49 AM

    I think he is wrong to blame RDJ but what Marvel did was pretty chickenshit. They offered him initially 8 million to return. They never wanted Terrance Howard so why offer him a 3 picture deal. They always wanted Don Cheadle for the part but he was unavailable. So they used Howard whom I actually thought fit the role better. When Cheadle became available. They offered Howard 1 mill to return instead the 8 he was promised. They knew Terrance wouldn't do it and they would get Cheadle. It was chickenshit that Marvel did that. If I was Howard I would have told Marvel to go screw themselves too.

  • Brad | November 15, 2013 7:04 PMReply

    Terrence Howard was one of the only things I didn't like about that movie. He reminds me of a smarmy guy that used to loiter by the basketball courts in the public park behind the high school. He would drop hints about having stuff for sale. Eventually it was too exhausting trying to ignore him so I found another place to shoot hoops. Perhaps the producers just wanted someplace else to shoot hoops.

  • ALONZO HARRIS | November 18, 2013 1:48 AM

    amazing actor

  • callmefilmgeek | November 15, 2013 6:51 PMReply

    Oh, look, Terence Howard is taking a break from talking about how unclean women are to whine about Marvel and Robert Downey, Jr. Boo freaking hoo. Stop being such a disgusting human being and maybe you'll get more work. Meanwhile I think Marvel and RDJ will be fine if the six TH fans out there decide to boycott them.

  • DENNIS QUAID AT ANY PRICE BEST ACTOR 2014 | November 18, 2013 1:50 AM


    he was nominated for HUSTLE AND FLOW

    i think he has more than 6 people who admire him

  • scripttease | November 16, 2013 2:23 PM

    Yeah, the cast of Best Men Holiday (the men) was on Dr. Oz yesterday, and he was talking about taking a dump and not using baby wipes to clean yourself. I don't like him, never have, and I doubt I ever will. I don't find him attractive, and I damn sure don't find him sexy. He seems to have an issue with Black Women and who he chooses to lust.....

  • CaptainFabulous | November 16, 2013 11:46 AM

    Glad I'm not the only one who remembers him making those stupid comments about women. Dude is cray-cray. He should be thankful he has a career at all considering the stupid shit that comes out of his mouth.

  • Juno | November 15, 2013 6:15 PMReply

    Surprised he did go on bet and blame republicans. Its everyone elses fault.

  • lol | November 15, 2013 6:09 PMReply

    This guy never ceases to amaze... he should blame his arrogant attitude not others for his misfortune.

  • JR | November 15, 2013 5:46 PMReply

    TH should head over to DC.

  • jack napier | November 18, 2013 1:52 AM

    @ JR

    harvey dent was black in tim burtons 1989 version

    yeah ?

  • Adam | November 15, 2013 5:39 PMReply

    I can't remember where I read this, but didn't he get paid more than RDJ for Iron Man?

  • tonymansi | November 15, 2013 5:34 PMReply

    Consider that RDJ's career was all but over before he did Iron Man. Jon Favreau, or anyone else wouldn't even look at Downey for any acting job. Howard helped him revive his career. Robert could've looked out for him. Terrance should stop crying about it like a little baby and sue the producers.

  • andy du frane | November 18, 2013 1:54 AM


    RDJ gets 50,000,000 for predictable cartoon garbage now

    i think it is safe to say he is in no rush to ''look out'' for anybody

  • Ganiedia | November 17, 2013 3:39 PM

    That's not even close to true, @tonymansi. Favreau (and Kevin Feige, once he saw the screen tests) were the one who pushed for RDJ to be in Iron Man -- Howard had NOTHING to do with it.

  • Electronaut | November 15, 2013 7:20 PM

    His career was anything from all but over before Iron Man. 2005's 'Kiss Kiss Bang Bang' is proof of that. RDJ's comeback was already in progress.

  • Clementine | November 15, 2013 6:15 PM

    I think RDJ got the Iron Man job because he blew everybody away with his screen test. He wasn't even paid one million for the first movie. Howard apparently didn't give up part of his salary so RDJ's got paid more. Howard's biggest problem is his big ego.

  • EndlessMike | November 15, 2013 5:31 PMReply

    I don't think Marvel ruined he's career. I think him punching the mother of his children in the face after breaking into her house is what did it.

    Glad Cheadle got the job.

  • THOMAS CROWN | November 18, 2013 1:58 AM


    oh yeah,, what you do off screen will kill your career : )

    did that stop cate blanchett working with the peado woody allen ?

    did that stop stallone casting wife beater mel gibson ?

    did that stop pierce brosnan working with the child rapist polanski ?

  • Tone LG | November 15, 2013 5:05 PMReply

    He really suggested RDJ for Tony Stark? Good for him. What does he want, half the profits from The Avengers??? Jon Favreau is the one who fought tooth & nails for Marvel to agree to the casting. Not to mention that Downey's universally acclaimed performance was the stepping stone for Marvel's entire phase one strategy, certainly not Howard's very expendable Rhodey.

    Most of all though, this is shameless non-news. Howard's bitter and keeps crying the same river and over, while pop media fuel him by reporting on his every levee break. Makes me almost miss the good ol' days of Lindsay's DUIs.

  • Gizmo | November 15, 2013 4:53 PMReply

    It wouldn't hurt my feelings if War Machine never existed. I don't think the Rhodes character was too interesting in any of the movies. But, Howard sounds like a dope here. That is all.

  • affleck bale keaton kilmer clooney west | November 18, 2013 2:07 AM

    assassination *

  • affleck bale keaton kilmer clooney west | November 18, 2013 2:06 AM

    cheadle was the next exciting character actor

    devil in a blue dress
    the assassinaion of richard nixon
    hotel rwanda

    now look at him,, iron man 2 iron man 3

    boring predictable crap

  • Drew | November 15, 2013 4:38 PMReply

    The worst is that he isn't even a good actor. He was easily the weakest part of the first movie. Jon Favreau's Happy Hogan was way more of a best friend role than he was, he was forgettable on every level except for the whiny "Tony! Tony! TONY!" line when he finds RDJ in the garage. It reminded me of a spoiled child screaming "Mommy! Mommy! MOMMY!" I was glad they replaced him. Don Cheadle seems much more pleasant and the character now actually seems like a friend rather than someone that used to be a friend and is not masking how disgusted they are with the main character because he's rich/successful/influential/famous.

    As for RDJ swiping his money for Iron Man 2 and cutting him out of the project.... Are we talking about the same RDJ who was reported to have renegotiated his contract after Avengers to see his coworkers get raises instead of himself? That guy? He's the one who did the screwing? Really? Okaaaay.

  • jake sully | November 18, 2013 2:09 AM

    @ Drew

    ''he isn't even a good actor''


  • joel | November 15, 2013 4:28 PMReply

    not a smart move, my man. everyone love RDJ - studios love the money he makes them and audiences love his persona. think about your career a little bit before bad-mouthing him

  • MARTIN RIGGS FRANK TJ MACKEY | November 18, 2013 2:13 AM

    @ JOEL
    everyone ''loves'' RDJ
    studios ''love'' the money he makes them
    and audiences ''love'' his persona
    now use your imagination
    who does that remind you of ?
    mel gibson
    tom cruise

  • KT | November 15, 2013 5:07 PM

    "everybody loves RDJ"

    Ride your own dick.

  • Charles Richardson | November 15, 2013 4:27 PMReply


  • Darby | November 15, 2013 4:21 PMReply

    Everyone says "shut up, keep quiet". That's the REAL problem. Everyone shuts up and powerful people get away with whatever they want. Howard doesn't seem too easy to deal with and should concentrate on the many opportunities he does have, but things he mentioned happen ALL the time, and nobody is ever accountable. More people need to speak up everywhere, all the time. Shady people have gone too far.

  • TRAVIS BICKLE | November 18, 2013 2:16 AM

    @ DARBY

    De Palma met Bob Hoskins over a drink in Los Angeles to discuss playing Al Capone
    if De Palma's first choice De Niro were to pass on the role.
    Since De Niro didn't say yes, Hoskins told De Palma he would do it if he were available. When De Niro finally took the role,
    De Palma sent Hoskins a thank you note,
    and the studio paid Hoskins, who had a "pay or play" deal, $200,000.
    Hoskins called De Palma and asked if
    there were any more movies the director didn't want him to be in.

  • David Ayers | November 16, 2013 7:55 AM

    Are you so sure it's about shady people? Working in a supervisory position myself, there are times when you can see you have an incompetent/toxic/underperforming employee who is either holding your organization back or could even get you in trouble, and then you see before you a potential replacement who is worlds better in all aspects, you do what you need to do for the betterment of all involved. It might not feel good, and it might not seem very nice, but when the results are all-around improvement, why wouldn't you do it? Marvel got rid of a toxic so-so performer and replaced him with a Oscar-caliber (Yes, I know no one will get an Oscar for a Marvel film, acting-wise) talent and a non-wife beating, non-egotistical, pleasant person who even helps create a better work environment for his co-workers. So,are you really trying to make you point to stand up for TH???

  • Jason | November 15, 2013 4:20 PMReply

    Howard treated everyone on the set of Iron Man like garbage, and didn't let a minute go by when he wasn't reminding everyone he was the biggest star on the set! Jon Favreau hated him, as well as the rest of the cast. Howard is just an asshole, and it caught up with him

  • Kenmon Lee | February 12, 2014 9:54 AM

    To David Ayers:
    Well said sir.!

  • AL CAPONE | November 18, 2013 2:18 AM

    @ JASON

    ''he treated everyone on the set like garbage ''

    proof please ?

  • roy | November 16, 2013 2:56 AM

    Out of curiosity ... What gives you this incite? Were you on the set? You sound like you may have been. I've heard some of this before through other sources.

  • Gustavo | November 15, 2013 4:42 PM

    Show me the receipts!

  • Jeff | November 15, 2013 4:14 PMReply

    I'm betting that one of the commenters below is Terrence Howard's publicist. See if you can guess which one!

  • Christine Bonet | November 15, 2013 3:46 PMReply

    I haven't thought well of Terrence Howard since the article in Maxim about how he has to make sure women use 'wipes' before he would date them. It was an uneasy adjustment to Cheadle in the second Iron Man, but I got over it and if Howard was a better person and actor, he wouldn't miss it. This sh@! Ain't free. You have to earn it.

  • callmefilmgeek | November 15, 2013 6:54 PM


    I haven't been able to look at him without being disgusted since he did that interview. He clearly hates women. And I don't feel like he brought so much to the role in Iron Man that it made it impossible to accept Don Cheadle.

  • BabyWipes4EVAH | November 15, 2013 3:43 PMReply

    Give this man some baby wipes for his mouth!

  • JOHN DUMBOVAN | November 18, 2013 2:20 AM

    give RDJ another 50,000,000

    a recovering drug addict needs that kind of temptation obviously

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