Recently, IGN spoke to actor/producer Don Cheadle about his upcoming role as Col. James Rhodes in the sequel to the summer blockbuster Iron Man. As you all know the role was originated by actor Terrence Howard, but a few months ago during negotiation talks he was abruptly replaced by Cheadle. In this interview Cheadle spills the beans on how he got the part, and what he knows about the sequel thus far.
On how he got the role in Iron Man 2.
I got a phone call from my agent saying they were offering me the part. That was kind of it. It happened very fast, and I had a very short time to answer. Literally, overnight. I was unaware of what was happening with Terrence. And when they called me I asked what was going on with Terrence. I’ve worked with Terrence, I’ve known Terrence for a long time. And they said they were moving away from him. So it’s not like I was taking Terrence’s job, because the job was already gone. Someone else was going to do the part. I didn’t know who the next person in line was, but that’s what they were going to. And I literally had a few hours to accept the job or not.
Cheadle also stated that he doesn’t know much about the plot of the sequel, but in the grand scheme of things, he believes Rhodey will have a bigger part this time around.
There’s no script yet. All I know is as much as you know, that Rhodey looked at that suit and said, ‘Next time.’ So I imagine I’m going to be in a suit.
I mean, I think the part will be bigger, obviously. I mean, in the comic book, if you just read the comic books, you know that character becomes pretty instrumental in Iron Man’s life, so it’s not a sidebar character. It’s kind of integral to the story.
Isn’t this movie supposed to be released in 2010? This year is pretty much dunzo, and we still don’t have a script? C’mon Justin.