“Iron Man 2” screenwriter Justin Theroux tells MTV News that the recent Entertainment Weekly report of the Terence Howard/Don Cheadle casting debacle from a few weeks ago made a few errors.
That article claimed that due to the over-sized paycheck and disputes with actor Terrence Howard over his role of Jim Rhodes in the first film, director Jon Favreau was thinking of curtailing the character in the second’s story and that a reduced salary offer rejected by Howard’s people lead to Cheadle taking over the role.
Theroux says that “I can only tell you what I know which is that from a writing standpoint we didn’t do anything differently [with the character]. It’s not like we were sitting there going, we need less of this or that. We just approached the characters and the story on their own terms…Rhodes is completely present in a very strong and big way…He’s COMPLETELY present.”
Meanwhile Spoiler TV has posted an early casting call sent out to agencies for the new major characters in the film. One role is a ‘brilliant, gritty’ Eastern European man in his 30’s, one a 20-something woman proficient in several languages and martial arts, and ‘Bruiser’ – a tall Russian with the ‘build of a MMA fighter’ and must be able to perform their own stunts. Shooting begins in April.