In a recent interview promoting the loss of his role as Col. James ‘Rhodey’ Rhodes in the Iron Man sequel to Don Cheadle, actor Terrence Howard tells Parade magazine, “Marvel made a choice, and it was a very, very bad choice. They didn’t keep their word. They didn’t honor my contract. They produced a great bounty with the first one but they put it all in the storehouse and you were not allowed in.”
I’m not certain, but I think he is saying that the first Iron Man movie made a ton of money and he wanted more to make the sequel than Marvel was willing to pay. That seems in line with what Parade refers to as a “rumored dispute with producers over salary,” which led to Marvel replacing Howard with Cheadle. Whew! It was just a money issue! I was worried Marvel didn’t want to commit their flagship movie franchise to an unstable actor accused of punching his ex-wife in the face repeatedly, punching a Broadway musician in the face repeatedly and who recently supported singer Chris Brown for punching Rihanna in the face repeatedly.
Ol’ Terrence is getting better at controlling his rage, as evidenced by these statements in which he all but promises not to punch Marvel in the face repeatedly: “I’ve seen the script, I know what’s going to happen, but I’m not revealing anything. I believe in karma. When someone does something wrong, you don’t have to get them back. Everything right will return the favor for you. I’m definitely looking forward to seeing the movie. I want to see Don Cheadle become me. No, I want him to do better than me. That’s what I really want to see. Don Cheadle was the reason I got Crash, so I have a lot of love for him.”
Awwww, he wants to see Don Cheadle become Terrence Howard! How sweet is that? It’s obvious T-Howie is a standup guy, so I’m starting to think this is all a ruse put on by Terrence and Marvel Entertainment to sow the seeds for the third installment of the Iron Man franchise in which bucket head faces the super-villain Cry Baby, played by Howard. Cry Baby was betrayed by John Stark and he will use his mutant ability to shoot gallons of super-salinated fluids from his eyes to reduce the Man of Iron to a pile of rust! Also giving Cry Baby an advantage are his bulky shorts made of pure Pampertonium that gives him the female astronautical ability to go days without having to “visit the facilities.” Why he has a pacifier on his head is unknown. Probably a teaser for Marvel’s eventual release of Cry Baby’s origin story.
(There is also the possibility that Marvel is saving the Oscar-nominated actor to star in the eventual Terrence Howard the Duck release.)
Oh, Terrence also mentions in the interview that he is in the movie Fighting about a scam artist (Howard) that partners with a street fighter (Channing Tatum) who is very good at punching people in the face repeatedly. Fighting opens nationwide today.