Terrence Howard Blames Robert Downey Jr. for His Absence in the ‘Iron Man’ Series


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Terrence Howard’s honesty may get him in trouble some day, but according to him, “…who gives a f*ck.”

On “Watch What Happens Live,” the topic came up about his cut from “Iron Man 2” and “Iron Man 3” in which actor, Don Cheadle, replaced him.

When asked by a caller why he was booted from the latest sequels, his response was rather indirectly direct, if you catch my drift.

“It turns out in order for - this is going to get me in a lot of trouble - it turns out that the person that 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,” he said.

Well, of course Howard was referring to Mr. Robert Downey, Jr. himself.

Howard went into detail how the three-picture deal was to be separated between him and Downey. For each sequel, they both would receive certain amounts. Thus, that wasn’t good enough for the “Iron Man” super hero and the studio ended up breaking Howard’s contract so that Downey could earn more money.

"They came to me [for] the second and said, '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’,” he said. “And I called my friend that I helped get the first job, and he didn’t call me back for three months.”

Downey’s salary for the Marvel movie trilogy has been treating him pretty well, earning him $50 million.

However, Howard was the highest paying actor in the first “Iron Man” movie in 2008, profiting $4.5 million. So, it’s clear why Howard would feel a little disappointed about the whole ordeal.

Oddly enough, in 2010, Howard shared with E! News a totally different response about the split.

He claimed, “…it was a wonderful split…Robert Downey Jr. was born to play that part and it was wonderful that that part has given him the stature that he was supposed to hold before."

Howard may seem a little TOO bitter being that he blames “Iron Man” for “killing his career,” but at least he’s making another debut with his latest project “The Best Man Holiday.”

When asked how his current relationship is with Downey, Howard responded, “Oh, I love him. God’s gonna bless him.”

Well, we surely hope things do work out for Howard and his ‘friend’.

In the video below is an interview with Cheadle sharing his views on the matter.

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