Terrence Howard blames Robert Downey Jr for his ‘Iron Man 2’ firing

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Beef alert! Terrence Howard reveals why he was booted from Iron Man 2, throwing shade at Robert Downey Jr. in the process.

Howard was asked on Watch What Happens Live why he didn’t reprise the role of Rhodey in Iron Man 2 after starring in the original.

His answer was recorded for posterity by THR.

“It turns out that the person that I helped become Iron Man, when it was time to […] re-up for the second one took the money that was supposed to go to me and pushed me out,” Howard said.

“We did a three-picture deal. So that means, you did the deal ahead of time. It was going to be a certain amount for the first one, a certain amount for the second, certain amount for the third.

“They came to me [for] the second and said, ‘We will pay you one-eighth of what we contractually had for you, because we think the second one will be successful with or without you.’ And I called my friend that I helped get the first job, and he didn’t call me back for three months.”

Though he doesn’t mention him by name, clearly he’s referring to RDJ.

Howard told Sway earlier this year he was paid $4.5 million for the first Iron Man, and instead of receiving $8 million for the follow-up, he was offered a mere million.

After balking at the price, Marvel snapped up Don Cheadle for the part.

It’s interesting that, after three years of non-committal answers, Howard is finally exacting his fiery vengeance.

He previously stated in March that the whole ordeal had “[killed] my career.”

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