It isn’t the first time that we’ve found some common ground with actor Terrence Howard, but it is the most recent. Last week The Hollywood Reporter told us that sources ‘close to the deal’ were saying that Howard was to be replaced by Don Cheadle in the role of James ‘Rhodey’ Rhodes in the upcoming film Iron Man 2. According to the report, negotiations to bring Howard back broke down due to, among other things, financial disagreements between the star and Marvel Studios.
Now, this is all well and good — we are okay blaming this sort of thing on a greedy actor — if it turns out to be true. And according to an interview that Terrence Howard gave to Scott Simon on NPR’s Weekend Edition, the actor has said that he’s just finding all of this out with the rest of us. The folks at CHUD brought it to our attention, providing the transcription below:
Howard: Yeah, I found that out, too.
Simon: Really? They didn’t…they didn’t…
Howard: It was the surprise of a lifetime. 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.
Of course, we know what you are thinking and we are right there with you: what in the hell is going on over at Marvel Studios? The more operative question here, in my mind, isn’t about what is really going on inside of Marvel Studios, but what sort of information is getting out of Marvel Studios. Who is it that was talking to THR’s Borys Kit last week, telling him that Howard wanted more money? The fact that Howard is now talking publicly about being completely out of the loop brings Kit’s report into question. That is assuming that what Howard is saying isn’t just spin, of course.
All of that said, I certainly don’t think we are done talking about all of this. It is important to remember that there has been no official word from either Marvel Studios or Paramount Pictures, the companies responsible for the production and distribution of Iron Man 2. As well, we’ve heard no word from the traditionally accessible director Jon Favreau. The director has in the past responded to such rumors on his own official Iron Man MySpace group, but has remained silent since last week’s news — that speaks volumes about the potential invalidity of these rumors. Personally, I wouldn’t be surprised to find out that this was all either (a) someone jumping the gun on an announcement that wasn’t final or (b) complete bull-shit. We will keep an eye on things, as always.
Do you think that Terrence Howard is honestly not in the loop with what Marvel is doing with Iron Man 2? As well, are you still buying the Don Cheadle rumor, based on what Howard said in the NPR interview?