Terrence Howard: ‘Iron Man’ responsible for ‘killing my career’

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I have to admit that I was extremely disappointed back when it was announced that Terrence Howard would not reprise the role of Col. James Rhodes. I thought him and Robert Downey Jr. had incredible chemistry throughout the first movie. That being said, I’m not sure what Terrence Howard is like on a personal level, and reports stated he was uneasy to work with during production. That wasn’t the only factor which effected his involvement though. At the time, Howard was the highest paid actor on the movie, and contracts required for a pay cut if sequels were to happen. Sadly, him and Marvel could not reach an agreement, which led to the recasting of Don Cheadle.

During press interviews for Dead Man Down, Terrence Howard expressed his opinion about what Iron Man meant to his career.  He tells Hollywood.com“(The) worst thing I witnessed was ‘Iron Man’ killing my career. Or trying to. They tried to.” He then states jokingly in a villainous manner that he’s coming for the glory. “I’m gettin’ y’all. I’ll get ya.”

I doubt it was Marvel’s plan to kill Terrence Howard’s career. He could have stayed in the franchise and not worry about his pay grade so much. Clearly if he made a decision that wasn’t based on money his career might have panned out differently. So, I think he isn’t taking responsibility for his own mistakes in this matter. That being said, Howard is extremely talented and I hope he does regain some artistic integrity.

Source: NBC News Entertainment

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John "D-Rock" Dotson
is a film critic and film-maker from Dallas, Texas. He attended Midwestern State University where he received a Bachelor's in Business Administration in the field of Marketing. He's a huge lover of all things cinema... except The Last Airbender. Follow him on Twitter @DRockDot
  • webb_dustin

    Screw Terrence Howard, if anything Iron Man, helped his career cause otherwise he was starring in lower budget movies (although some are good movies) or he was in this era’s blacksploitation films. Either way it’s not like he was on top of his acting game before Iron Man and he’s become a pariah due to his role as Rhodey. Speaking of Rhodey he was such a minor character in Iron Man that honestly you could have had anyone do the job and it would’ve worked.

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