It was reported last week that the summer blockbuster, Iron Man, would be filming a sequel without popular actor Terrence Howard. The role of Tony Stark's best friend, Jim Rhodes, will instead be played by Don Cheadle.
When MTV asked about the recasting, Marvel Studios President of Production Kevin Feige responded:
"As is the policy with most people, when you talk about dotting I's and crossing T's, certainly that isn't the case yet on a number of things we're doing, but that Hollywood Reporter story was not an announcement. That was, as it tends to happen in the business, is rumors and leaks and things like that. I do think there will be clarity soon."
Well, we hope for Terrence Howard's sake that this whole mess has a happy ending. The sensitive soul sat down with NPR's Scott Simon on Weekend Edition Saturday and discussed -- among other things -- his reaction upon hearing the Iron Man news.
"It was the surprise of a lifetime. There was no explanation. The contract just ... up and vanished. I read something in the trades that implicated 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."
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-- Watch Video of Terrence Howard on Weekend Edition Saturday