Entertainment Weekly has an interesting story anylizing why Terrence Howard might have not been cast in Iron Man 2. While insiders cite Howard’s “difficult behavior” on the set of Iron Man, it might also have a bit to do with money.
Apparently, Howard was the first actor signed on for Iron Man, which somehow made him the highest paid actor on the project, above Jeff Bridges, Gwyneth Paltrow and even… Robert Downey Jr. Pretty crazy, eh? But it was too late to renegotiate after the project fully came together, and EW sources claim that “Favreau and his producers were ultimately unhappy with Howard’s performance, and spent a lot of time cutting and reshooting his scenes.”
Now onto Iron Man 2… Favs and screenwriter Justin Theroux decided to minimize Jim Rhodes’ role in the sequel. This resulted in Marvel going out to Howard’s agents with a “drasticly reduced offer” estimated to be a 50 to 80 percent cut, but more in line with the supporting cast member’s salary of the first film. One can only guess what happened next, but I’m assuming that Marvel got a cold response and moved quickly on Don Cheadle, and in affect beefed up the Rhodes role in the sequel.
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Nearly two weeks have passed since it was reported that Don Cheadle would replace Terrence Howard in Iron Man 2, fans are still angry. Petitions have been launched, and even the website HowardNOTCheadle.com.
Of course, Paramount and Marvel aren’t going to to care even if the petition gets hundreds of thousands of signatures (Stop Uwe Boll petition stalled just over 300k). Sadly, the contracts have already been signed, and its a done deal. They released a press release today. I’m all for joining a cause, fighting the establishment, and I even believe that replacing Howard with Cheadle was a horrible idea.
But sometimes you just need to be realistic. Marvel isn’t going to bring Howard back, and Warner Bros isn’t going to move Half-Blood Prince back to 2008. It’s just not gonna happen.
Marvel Entertainment has just announced that Robert Downey Jr and Don Cheadle have signed on for both Iron Man 2 and The Avengers. Iron Man 2 director Jon Favreau will also executive produce The Avengers. As previously reported, Cheadle will be replacing Terrence Howard as Colonel James “Rhodey” Rhodes.
The announcement also comes with the first look at a plot synopsis tease: ” “In a movie event, The Avengers will bring together the super hero team of Marvel Comics characters for the first time ever, including Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, the Hulk and more, as they are forced to band together to battle the biggest foe they’ve ever faced.” Who could that be? With Hulk on the listed team line-up, does that mean that the big green guy is out as a possibility?
Iron Man 2 hits theaters on May 7th 2010, and The Avengers hits theaters on July 15th 2011. Check out the full press release after the jump.
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Posted on Tuesday, October 21st, 2008 by David Chen
In this episode of the /Filmcast, Dave, Devindra, and Adam are joined by Devin Faraci from Chud.com to console each other after facing an emotional onslaught in Dear Zachary, lament the loss of Terrence Howard in Iron Man 2, debate Zach Snyder’s changes to the Watchmen film ending, and try to pretend the last eight years didn’t happen while reviewing Oliver Stone’s W.
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It has always bothered me when a new actor is brought in to replace another actor who has already been established as a franchise character. I don’t think I’m alone in this viewpoint. The first time I noticed this occurrence was when I was a child and Sarah Chalke replaced Alicia Goranson as Becky (otherwise known as the “Two Beckys”). Sometimes the situation is forced upon a movie studio, like with Richard Harris’ untimely passing, which forced Warner Bros to recast Michael Gambon as Dumbledore in the Harry Potter series of films. But other times it just comes down to a disagreement over money. And so appears to be the case with Iron Man 2.
Marvel Studios has hired Don Cheadle to replace Terrence Howard in the upcoming Iron Man sequel. Cheadle will play Jim Rhodes, Tony Stark’s best friend and future War Machine. Director Jon Favreau has made numerous hints that War Machine may play a part in the second film. The Hollywood Reporter’s sources claim it was a conflict due to financial differences. Earlier this year, it was widely speculated that Marvel was trying to low ball Favreau with an offer not much higher than his initial payday for the first film. It is not unusual for salaries to double for a sequel, especially when the first film outperformed to the level that Iron Man had. But from what I’ve heard, Marvel believes the superhero characters themselves are the real stars, and some have said that the company is being thrifty in their negotiations for their future projects.
Most people will agree, Howard and Downey Jr had incredible chemistry. Who knows if Cheadle will be able to reproduce the same magic in the sequel. That said, it is difficult to be angry with a a-level actor like Cheadle coming in for the assist.
Discuss: How do you feel about Don Cheadle replacing Terrance Howard as Jim Rhodes/War Machine?
Disclaimer: The War Machine photo in the header is a fan creation.
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Paramount has released a bunch of new Iron Man video clips through their Inside the Suit promotion with LG Phones. The first video is a featurette called Making The Suit, which gives you a very cool behind the scenes look at the collaboration between Stan Winston, Jon Favreau, and Marvel Comics in creating all three versions of Tony Stark’s Iron Man suit.
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The next five videos are short clips from the actual film. Enjoy.
Assembly: The Mark III Suit is Assembled
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Deploy: The U.S. Airforce goes after Iron Man
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Out of Breath: Jim Rhodes (played by Terrence Howard) talks to Tony Stark, who’s flying while talking on the cell phone out of breath.
[flv:http://media2.slashfilm.com/slashfilm/trailers/ironman-outofbreath.flv 470 148]
Interview: Christine Everhart from Vanity Fair Magazine (played by Leslie Bibb) tries to interview Tony Stark.
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Pepper’s Gift: Tony Stark forgets Pepper Potts’ (Gwyneth Paltrow) Birthday, but she still gets a tasteful gift.
[flv:http://media2.slashfilm.com/slashfilm/trailers/ironman-peppersgift.flv 470 148]
You can watch higher resolution versions of these videos on InsideTheSuit.com by entering pass code LG99. Iron Man hits theaters on May 2nd 2008.
Earlier tonight we posted the awesome new Iron Man television advertisement which aired during the Super Bowl. Still want more Iron Man? Good, because after the jump, I have for you, 13 new production photos from the film. As always, click on the images to enlarge.
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I hate to do another compilation post, but I have a lot of first look production photos to show you.
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Last week I wrote an embarrassingly positive review of James Wan’s Death Sentence. One week later I’m in Canada for the Toronto Film Festival to review another vigilante film, but this time I’m not quite as excited. The Brave One is a more artfully done film, with a less convoluted story, and some otherwise great actors. So why did I like Death Sentence more? May-be because it knew what it was – a no apology genre movie. The Brave One has a much more serious tone, and leaves on some seriously irresponsible notes.
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