When unique War Machine Terrence Howard accused Iron Man co-star Robert Downey Jr of pushing him out of MCU

by Jeremy Spirogis
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When Terrence Howard accused RDJ for his ouster from MCU& 

Key Highlights

  • Before Don Cheadle, it was Terrence Howard who performed Colonel James Rupert “Rhodey” Rhodes within the Marvel Cinematic Universe
  • He appeared as Rhodey in Iron Man and was quickly alleged to be War Machine from Iron Man 2
  • But, Howard was changed by Cheadle and the star had partly blamed Robert Downey Jr for it saying he “pushed me out”

“As long as there are those that remember what was, there will always be those, that are unable to accept what can be….”, stated the mad Titan Thanos in one of many scenes in Avengers: Endgame. Well, it’s partially true on this case. It has been greater than 12 years because the Marvel Cinematic Universe was kickstarted again in 2008 with the long-lasting Iron Man. Many could not bear in mind now but it surely was really Terrence Howard and never Don Cheadle who performed the unique Colonel James Rupert “Rhodey” Rhodes, Tony Stark’s greatest friend and future War Machine. 

However, he was changed by Cheadle from the second Iron Man movie and cause was stated to be financial. Well, it certainly was financial however there was extra to it than meets the attention. It is a identified incontrovertible fact that earlier than Iron Man, Robert Downey Jr was uninsurable and thought of a danger by Hollywood as a consequence of his previous instances. Terrence had said how he was additionally one of many few who pushed for his casting because the lead within the film. 

It has been reported that Terrence Howard not solely pushed for Robert’s casting as Iron Man but additionally took a paycut of $1 million from his wage in order that Marvel can solid him. But when it got here to renegotiating for Iron Man 2, Robert Downey Jr received an enormous paycheck and Terrence Howard was ignored. He anticipated RDJ to bat for him and to repay what he did for him earlier than Iron Man however he felt betrayed. 

He had stated in a Rolling Stone interview again in 2015, 

I known as Robby and was like, ‘Look, man . . .’ Leaving messages along with his assistants, known as him at the least 17 occasions that day and 21 the subsequent and at last left a message saying, ‘Look, man, I need the help that I gave you’. Never heard from him.  And guess who received the hundreds of thousands I used to be alleged to get? He received the entire franchise, so I’ve really given him $100 million, which finally ends up being a $100 million loss for me from me making an attempt to take care of anyone, however, , to at the present time I’d do the identical factor. It’s simply my nature.

Last yr at Watch What Happens chat present with Andy Cohen, Howard had revealed the explanation he did not return to play War Machine in Iron Man 2,

It seems that the individual that I helped change into Iron Man, when it was time to re-up for the second, took the cash that was alleged to go to me and pushed me out. We did a three-picture deal, in order that implies that you probably did the deal forward of time. It was going to be a certain quantity for the primary one, a certain quantity for the second, a certain quantity for the third. They got here to me with the second and stated ‘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 known as my friend, that I helped get the primary job, and he didn’t name me again for 3 months.


When a fan requested Howard if he’ll ever thought-about returning to War Machine within the MCU, he had stated, 

You know what’s so humorous? Even although I like Don Cheadle a lot and I like what he’s performed, I nonetheless hear a number of followers asking, am I going to return again and be War Machine, Am I going to return again and be War Machine? I believe they may have an enormous franchise off of it, however f**ok ’em. 

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On the opposite hand, Robert Downey Jr has principally saved mum over the entire matter associated to Terrence Howard’s ouster. The solely time he spoke about it was in a 2008 interview with MTV. He had stated, 

I had nothing to do with that call. I like Terrence very, very a lot. That’s all I’ll say, as a result of I haven’t talked to him but … It’s a type of conditions the place I nonetheless don’t fairly know what occurred or why. Here’s what occurs, too: issues occur and also you wind up commenting on them earlier than you’ve really talked to the individuals and it’s in poor style. 

 As of 2016, all is supposedly properly between Terrence Howard and Robert Downey Jr. 

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