Actor Terrence Howard appeared in the NPR studio to talk about his debut album “Shine Through It” with Scott Simon for the Weekend Edition. Of course, Simon had to ask him about the recent news that Don Cheadle would be replacing him as James “Rhodey” Rhodes in the upcoming Marvel Studios sequel Iron Man 2.
That news (which has yet to be confirmed by Marvel Studios, who remains as mum as usual) took many fans of the summer’s blockbuster hit by surprise since Howard played a large role in many fans’ love for the movie, and just as many were excited to see Howard step into the iron suit of War Machine. After the announcement a few days ago, speculation ran rampant about why Howard wouldn’t return, but on Simon’s radio show, Howard said that he found out about the news the same way the rest of us did.
“It was the surprise of a lifetime,” he said. “There was no explanation. [The contract] just…up and vanished. 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. Promises aren’t kept, and good faith negotiations aren’t always held up.”
You can hear the entire interview on NPR.org with the comments about Iron Man 2 starting at roughly 4 and a half minutes in.
(Thanks to Russ at CHUD for bringing this to our attention.)