When Iron Man 2 came out, we were all pretty surprised to hear that Oscar nominated actor Terrence Howard had walked away from the franchise and seemingly left millions of dollars on the table by doing so. But we’re now learning that Howard didn’t walk away from Iron Man 2 because he wanted to, as the actor himself has come forward to accuse star Robert Downey Jr of getting him fired.
Howard’s comments are making waves as he doesn’t skate around accusing Downey Jr of getting him fired and stealing his money — he directly accuses him of this stopping short of naming him.
“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. 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.”
We were wondering what happened with Howard on the second film and this seems to be in line with reports we heard about contractual disputes he had with Marvel.
But what we apparently didn’t know was Howard’s side of the story, which he has now given. We don’t want to question Howard’s side of things and call him a liar, but the accusations he makes aren’t light at all as he’s basically accusing one of the biggest stars in the world and one of the largest studios in the world of collusion to get him fired and out of paying him.
One thing that hurts Howard’s story though is the fact that Downey Jr. apparently held out on his Avengers contracts after the first film in order to ensure that his co-stars got equal pay.