At the recent junket for the upcoming drama Fighting, starring Channing Tatum, talk quickly turned to Iron Man and why Terrence Howard has been replaced by Don Cheadle for the sequel. Finally we had a chance to ask the Academy Award nominee face to face what happened. Howard was open to explaining the story and how it taught him a lesson about the business. He also explained that he can’t fault Don Cheadle because he feels he owes the actor for giving him a career-changing opportunity with Crash.
Check out what he had to say below…
Why are you no longer continuing with Iron Man? What happened with that?
Iron Man happened with that. Marvel happened with it. They made a choice and it was a very, very bad choice. They didn’t keep their word. They didn’t honor a contract. They sent everyone out into a field and told them to work and produce a great bounty, and you produce a great bounty and then, when it’s all in the store house, you are not allowed in.
Didn’t they also pull some crap with Samuel L. Jackson?
Yes, and they did the same thing with Gwyneth Paltrow, from what I’ve been told. They did it with almost everyone, except Robert Downey, Jr. One of the things that actors need to learn to do is take a tip from friends. You always choose to stick together. One for all and all for one.
Did that teach you a lesson about the politics of Hollywood filmmaking?
Yeah. Make sure that your T’s are crossed twice.
Doesn’t that seem outrageous?
Coming from human beings, it’s not.
Aren’t you dangerous to them, now that you know their plans for the trilogy and can spill stuff?
Nah. When someone does something wrong, you don’t have to get them back. Everything right will return the favor for you.
Do you believe in karma?
Oh, my goodness!
So, no one should get on your bad side?
I’m on the side of right. As long as you keep trying to do what’s right, and you make your mistakes along the way and accept the consequences of your mistakes, you’ll keep surviving.
Are you looking forward to seeing Iron Man 2?
I’m definitely looking forward to it. I want to see what happens with that. I want to see Don Cheadle become me. I really want to see him do better than me, and I think he can. He’s the reason I got Crash. He was one of the producers on Crash and he called and got me in there. Don is good by me, anything he does. He gave me the greatest gift that I could ever imagine having, so anything I have, I’ll share with him.
So, that as they say is that! Sounds like he’s learned his lessons and has decided to take the high road on this one.
What do you think of what Howard said about Iron Man 2?