Earlier this week we heard that Don Cheadle would be replacing Terrence Howard in Iron Man 2, with the reason being Marvel and Howard couldn’t sort out an agreement over money. Well yesterday Howard did a radio interview with NPR and they obviously asked him about the recent developments with Iron Man 2.
“It was the surprise of a lifetime,” he said. “There was no explanation. [The contract] just…up and vanished. I read something in the trades implicating that it was about money or something, but apparently the contracts that we write and sign aren’t worth the paper that they’re printed on, sometimes. Promises aren’t kept, and good faith negotiations aren’t always held up.”
Apparently director Jon Favreau had problems with Marvel regarding money for the sequel, so I wouldn’t be surprised if money was the main reason behind this recast. When a movie makes $573 million worldwide it is not surprising Howard and the others want a bit of a pay rise, however it seems Marvel like money more than continuity.