Even Terrence Howard Was Shocked About Iron Man 2 Recast
When the announcement hit that Don Cheadle was replacing Terrence Howard as Col. James Rhodes in Iron Man 2, the reaction was severe - most people seemed to really like Howard. Not only was it shocking to all of us, but apparently Howard himself didn't even know until he read the news. "Yeah, I found that out, too," he said in an interview with NPR recently. "It was the surprise of a lifetime. There was no explanation. But it was gone… just up and vanished." The night after the news was announced, I was talking with another friend of mine, who firmly believed that Marvel had announced this just as a way to get Howard's attention - and that he might be back eventually. Now I'm not really sure what's going on?
Howard added that, "I read something in the trades implicating that it was about money or something. But apparently the contracts that we write and sign aren't worth the paper that they're printed on, sometimes." If you think that's a brutal way to cut off an actor, just listen to Howard's semi-emotional response. "Promises aren't kept, and good faith negotiations aren't always held up. Even friendships, people you support…" That's quite a sad response and it definitely puts a damper in all the faith that we had in Marvel all along. Not that I'm completely opposed to Don Cheadle, but I truly loved Terrence Howard as Rhodey.
If you've got some time to spare and want to listen to a fantastic interview with Terrence Howard, then head over to NPR. I'm curious whether Marvel really had some sneaky agenda behind the curtains surrounding Howard's involvement. Is there any chance that he could come back after they've already announced Cheadle? I don't know what to think - Hollywood is a bitch sometimes. If they did bring Howard back yet again, I would come to forget all about this because I would be so much happier that he's back. As I said, Cheadle just doesn't fit as well as Howard, in my own opinion. And I think letting Howard lead on as War Machine would've been utter perfection. Did Marvel really screw this one up?