Hip-Hop Rumors: Did Robert Downey Jr. Get Terrance Howard Dumped From The Iron Man Franchise?

The Best Man Holiday is supposedly one of the best movies out right now! GREAT! But, I heard Terrance Howard is finally talking about his misfortune with Iron Man. Remember he was in the first one as Iron Man’s homeboy Rhodey. Now, Don Cheadle is Rhodey.

I wasn’t real big on Terrance Howard being in the first Iron Man movie, but I dealt with it. But, as the second Iron Man was announced, it was implied widely that Terrance had gotten greedy and wanted more money. See, in the first Iron Man, he got more money than even Robert Downey Jr. But, there were conflicting reports on what happened. Marvel suggested early that T.H. insisted on more money and they promptly dropped him, bringing in Don Cheadle. But, what Terry is saying now is that Robert Downey snaked him! I am hearing he said that they wanted to cut his pay down and he asked the big dog to put in a good word with the brass over at Marvel. RDjr did nothing of the sort. In fact, its been stated that he ended up getting himself a pay raise with Terrance’s money. Then, Don comes in at a lower rate too.

A loss is a loss.

“They keep us talking, but if we stop talking about them then they should worry!” -illseed.

Illseed, Out.


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  • Well if he didn’t put in the word oh well, business is business. What if RDjr put in the word & both they’re asses got dropped??!! If I was a Hollywood actor I wouldn’t trust nan ni66a or Wi66a….just get it where ya got it.

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  • Jared

    You need to quote your source. I heard all this on the Bravo channel. Don’t judge, lol

  • As if Hollywood is some Mexican workers at a local bodega, waiting for a
    pickup truck at 5.30am. “Amigo, you know El Capitano better, can you
    talk to them to help me get a raise?”
    They all have agents and there are people on the board managing
    budgets. Nowadays the graphic designers are even better paid more than
    the actors. Especially if the movie is in 3D.

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    • Casor_G

      No way T.Howard got more than Downey in Iron Man (the contract is not just “salary” for the movie). Downey was paid more on the back end.

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  • Sean Taylor

    And we should care because…………………….

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  • dehova

    Hip Hop? This is still a hip hop site right?

  • Terrance Howard sucks. Why would RDjr put in a word for him?? and how the hell did he get more money then RDjr?? thats crazyness.

    • Nasir Isaac

      How the hell did TH get more money than RDjr, indeed!!!

    • Spirit Equality

      Terence Howard had just won an Oscar for “Hustle & Flow” and was paid what an Oscar winner would expect to be paid to star in an unproven franchise built around a barely known comic book hero (one of *my* favorites, but Iron Man was not well known by the general public before the movie blew up). Robert Downey Jr, on the other hand, was struggling to pull his career back together when he got cast as Tony Stark. Lots of people in Hollywood saw IM as a gamble and Howard was paid what he was paid to lure him on board.

      • Executive

        Yeah man, that nigga had me convinced when I heard whoop that trick! He did such a good job on that song I really beloved he was gonna whoop a ho. He went harder than most rappers and he a actor, he made light skinned brothers win with that shit!

      • MadVillain

        bruh he wasnt the 1 actually spitting…
        that was Al Kapone lol

      • Executive

        The version on the actual sound track is Terrance rapping but the song is written by al kapone. It’s just a different version but same song and I think lil Jon did the beat on Terrance’s version.

      • Casor_G

        Howard didn’t win an Oscar, Iron Man was a mainstream hero in Marvel comic books, and Downey had been on the way back long before Iron Man (he was always a critically accalimed actor) – although it was his first blockbuster.

      • Spirit Equality

        Pardon me, he was NOMINATED for an Oscar. The point is, Howard’s career was in a WAY better place than Downey Jr’s was at the time and he therefore deserved to be paid more. Downey’s biggest film during his comeback pre-Iron Man was probably Kiss Kiss Bang Bang and that movie only made $4 million at the box office, i.e. it f–king flopped.

      • Azim Esmail

        So… Terrence Howard deserved to get paid more than the 1st lead in the movie? Nahh that’s not how it works. Iron Man is, and was, a mainstream super-hero, RDJr was playing Iron Man, he gets the most pay. That’s the way it works. That’s like saying Will Smith being the 2nd or 3rd lead in a movie and Colin Ferrall or someone being the 1st lead and Smith being paid more. Doesn’t happen.

      • brotha_man

        right! its like robin getting paid more than batman

      • Weedras

        it has happened before though where a co-star gets more money than the lead… and dude stated valid points RDjr was just beginning to make a comeback as a hollywood star… as a matter of fact RDjr. got paid $500,000 and TH got paid 4.5million, for part 2, the deal was for Howard to get 8m being he signed a 3 film deal… RDjr got bumped up to $12.5m for the 2nd film…

      • brotha_man

        ur not a true comic fan if u really believe no one knew who iron man was/is…..ghostface been aka tony stark for over a decade

      • Spirit Equality

        Um, I said “not well known by the GENERAL PUBLIC”. Do you know what the phrase “general public” means? They’re the people who know comics characters like Batman, Superman and (if you’re lucky) Spider-Man, but didn’t know Iron Man before the movie blew up.

      • brotha_man

        so ur talking about kids 12years and younger, now i understand. because the “General public” I know, knew who Iron man was/is before the movie thanks to Avengers and next advengers cartoon series…which was popular before iron man movie series.but i feel where u coming from….possibly a third world country?

      • Spirit Equality

        I’m coming from the real world where the majority of people don’t watch f–king Avengers cartoons. Try getting out of the house more often.

      • brotha_man

        my apologies! as a youngin’ i was obsessed with x-man and avengers animated series…..and anime cartoons. I guess u speak for the majority…..u win.

        “The greatest lesson in life is to know that even fools are right sometimes.” – Brother Winston Churchill

      • Bonus

        I am sorry but it is very stupid to say that the GENERAL PUBLIC did not know of Iron Man. Iron Man was a well known superhero by the masses years and years prior to the movie. If you were a real comic book fan you would know that Iron Man carried the Marvel Universe on his shoulders for many years. I personally know people would point out who Iron Man is and talk about him before a movie was even out. GENERAL PUBLIC plays video games and capcom vs marvel has been around for many years.. but its funny that you claim to be a marvel fan but yet you dont give your boy any credit prior to the movie whatsoever.

      • Spirit Equality

        I am sorry but you’re a f–king idiot who doesn’t realize that there are 300 million people in America, millions of whom do not give a flying f–k about your favorite comic book character. Certain comic book characters like Batman and Superman have engrained themselves in the popular culture. Iron Man, prior to the first film, was not one of those, “Igor”.

      • iron man was very well known, and terrance howard sucks.

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  • John Q. Public

    Terrence Howard did a Breakfast Club interview a while back where he basically said Don got his job because he took less money then what he wanted.

  • PhilTheGreat

    Haha kind of was a let down to me in the 2nd, because Terrance Howard looks way more like the Roady from the comics and original cartoon series than Don Cheadle. Their skin complections were the biggest rift. I was like wtf how is Don Cheadle playing a light skinned nikka?! That’s just me though. Don Cheadle is a great actor though and good for him on landing a Marvel role.

  • TimeWillTellu1

    Once they change the characters in a sequel Im done with it. Its never the same. I remember Wesley snipes was Willie Mays Hayes in the movie Major League and in part two it was Omar Epps. Epps is cool but not the same as Wesley in Part 1. You cant change it up like that.

  • Shinehead

    T. Howard looked and acted nothing like Rhodey. In fact only thing he had in common with Rhodey was that they were both from Philly. Even though they changed up Rhodey’s backstory , I think T.Howard made Rhodey look enfeminant and D.Cheadle was alright. M.J. White would have been a better choice.

  • Shinehead

    T. Howard was contracted for all three films , so they couldn’t just push him out . Iron Man made more money then they expected plus RDJ was praised for his portrayal of Tony Stark , so they knew they was going to have to pay him more money. Problem was T.Howard thought he could renegrociate too , even though RDJ didn’t back his powerplay he still considers RDJ his ” friend ” which I believe means he still got paid for Iron Man 2 & 3 eventhough he wasn’t in them.

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