ByMarlon McDonald, writer at
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Marlon McDonald

Seven years is a damn long time to carry a grudge like a sharp edged backpack, but it seems that Empire star Terrence Howard is still stoking the fires of hatred towards his ex-Marvel wingman Robert Downey Jr.

A number of years ago, Howard revealed that he had been fired from his role as James "Rhodesy" Rhodes a.k.a. War Machine over an alleged contractual dispute, and was owed quite a substantial amount of money from Marvel Studios, which eventually all ended up in Downey Jr.'s lusciously lined pockets.

Howard & Downey Jnr
Howard & Downey Jnr

But now, in an interview with Rolling Stone, Howard has returned to reveal even more stunning allegations behind the clustercuss that was, and why exactly he is still harboring ill-will towards the goateed renaissance man.

After the successes of starring roles in Crash and Hustle & Flow, Howard's ascendancy to Hollywood's elite was pretty swift, and led him to be the first star signed on for the inaugural Iron Man feature, which would see him pocket a cool $3.5 million, with a $5 million sequel pay out, which made him the highest paid actor on the movie.

Howard as Rhodes
Howard as Rhodes

Around the time of his casting, Howard had apparently heard the producers were apprehensive over hiring RDJ due to his troubled past. But, being the selfless man he apparently is, Howard agreed to take a $1 million pay cut if the producers gave RDJ a chance at the role. Marvel still disputes this claim to this day.

Bite The Hand That Feeds

Despite how thankful RDJ was with Howard's intervention, things were certainly different when Iron Man 2 came around. Marvel Studio's producers contacted Howard's agent and told him that they planned on cutting down Howard's part and his salary, to which his agent replied with a stern "Fuck you!", before slamming down the phone.

Don Cheadle as War Machine
Don Cheadle as War Machine

By the next day, Don Cheadle was hired as the new War Machine:

And so, I called Robby and was like, 'Look, man . . .' Leaving messages with his assistants, called him at least 17 times that day and 21 the next and finally left a message saying, 'Look, man, I need the help that I gave you.' Never heard from him.

Then Howard goes on to discuss the hundreds of millions he was due to earn from the franchise:

And guess who got the millions I was supposed to get? He got the whole franchise, so I've actually given him $100 million, which ends up being a $100 million loss for me from me trying to look after somebody, but, you know, to this day I would do the same thing. It's just my nature.

Well, with that much money on the line, and the lack of chivalry on RDJ's part, it'd be fair to say I'd be fairly pissed, too. That's if this is all true, of course. But with a lead role on a hit series, this could turn into a glass half-full situation, and leaves Howard free to explore other roles without the leash of a franchise reigning him in.

What do you guys think?

(Source: Rolling Stone)


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