It's been three years since Iron Man 2 hit theaters, but Terrence Howard still hasn't forgotten about the fact that he was ousted from the project after portraying the character of Rhodey in the first film. In fact, he's still pretty mad about it, if this new interview is any indication. Whoever said that time heals all wounds was probably never cut from a gigantic, big-budget film that went on to earn billions of dollars, tons of press, and multiple other film opportunities—so maybe he's a little justified to be sad, here.
Howard brought up the Marvel franchise during an appearance on Bravo's Watch What Happens Live last night. When a caller asked about what happened with Iron Man, and why he was replaced by Don Cheadle in the second film, shit hit the fan:
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. […] We did a three-picture deal. That means you did the deal ahead of time — a certain amount for the first one, a certain amount for the second, a certain amount for the third. They came to me with the second and said '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 called my friend, that I helped get the first job, and he didn't call me back for three months.
And then there was this little exchange with host Andy Cohen:
Cohen: How are things now with your friend?
Howard: Oh, I love him. God's going to bless him.
The "friend" he is referring to, of course, is his former co-star Robert Downey Jr. Yikes. This isn't the first time recently that Howard has brought up his anger about being cut from Iron Man 2: While promoting The Butler earlier this year, Howard commented that he "witnessed" Iron Man killing his career. "(The) worst thing I witnessed was 'Iron Man' killing my career...or trying to. They tried to."