When it was announced that Don Cheadle would take over Terrence Howard’s in the upcoming “Iron Man” sequel, many knew that something was fishy behind the scenes. Now, Entertainment Weekly has released a detailed story explaining what happened and it makes for an interesting read.
Some label the change due to Howard’s difficult behavior on the set of the first “Iron Man”, Favreau and co. apparently cut and reshoot many of his scenes during production.
Others say the situation is most likely a matter of finances. Howard was the first actor signed to the film and the highest paid – and so when the film came together it was too late to renegotiate his deal.
So when Favreau and scribe Justin Theroux sat down to flesh out the sequel, the Rhodes character has been minimized and so the studio went to the actor’s agents with a new, drastically reduced offer.
Sounds harsh? Well apparently the offer was similar to what supporting cast members were paid for the first movie, but was an estimated 50-80 percent pay cut from Howard’s paycheck for the first film.