A decade after his first appearance and prompt re-casting in the Iron Man franchise, Terrence Howard says he’s done with Iron Man movies for good.
For those who don’t know, or may have forgotten, Howard was the original James Rhodes/War Machine. Years ago, Howard was replaced by the War Machine we know today, Don Cheadle, due to a contractual issue.
Several years ago, without any hesitation of throwing Robert Downey Jr. under the bus, Howard said he was recast because he was screwed over in terms of a three-deal, predetermined payment when it came time for Iron Man 2.
According to E! News, Howard said:
“The person 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…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.'”
Last night, Howard spoke out about whether or not he’d ever reprise his role as War Machine on Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen. A caller asked if there was “any chance” he would return for an Iron Man or Avengers film, and Howard’s response was short, sweet and to the point: “F**k ’em!”
He explained, “You know what’s so funny? Even though I love Don Cheadle so much and I love what he’s done, I still hear a lot of fans asking, ‘Am I going to come back and be War Machine? Am I going to come back and be War Machine?'”
“Terrence Howard to Iron Man: ‘F—k ‘Em!’ That was very clear, right?,” Cohen laughed.
Even though the lingering hope we had of seeing Howard return was just brutally shut down, we’re happy to know there’s no bad blood between him, Cheadle and RDJ.Terrence Howard Might