Up until today we hadn’t heard anything from Robert Downey Jr regarding the Terrence Howard/Don Cheadle recast for Iron Man 2. Recently we heard that apparently Marvel weren’t happy with Howard’s performance in Iron Man and they wanted to reduce his salary (he was said to have been paid more than Downey Jr. for the first film, as he was the first cast member signed).
Downey Jr. spoke briefly to Splashpage about the situation, saying he didn’t make the decision and doesn’t know why it’s happened:
“I had nothing to do with that decision. I love Terrence very very much. That’s all I’ll say because I haven’t talked to him yet.”
“I’ve always admired Don [Cheadle],” said Downey. “It’s one of those situations where I still don’t quite know what happened or why. Here’s what happens too: things happen and you wind up commenting on them before you’ve actually talked to the people and it’s in poor taste.”
When Downey Jr says he loves Howard ‘very very much‘ he means it. Back in August when everything was fine and dandy Terrence Howard said he was excited about the sequel and looked forward to him and Downey Jr. getting personal trainers and bulking up together. Now it looks like Don Cheadle will be bulking with Downey Jr. instead.
The emotional pain Terrence will be feeling must be unimaginable.