Monday, November 03, 2008


Although there have been numerous reasons behind the sudden dismissal of Terrence Howard from the "Iron Man" sequel, nothing has really delved too deeply into the subject...until now. Entertainment Weekly recently posted an article that talked about the reasons that Howard was relieved of his services and boy is it interesting.

According to EW, Howard was the first person attached to the Marvel film and therefore he was the highest paid actor in "Iron Man"...who knew! By the time Gwyneth Paltrow and Robert Downey Jr. were added to the mix, it was too late for them to renegotiate his contract. Next, is the fact that the director Jon Favreau wasn't really feeling Howard's performance. According to insiders, Favreau spent a lot of time cutting and reshooting scenes.

Finally, the last nail was supposedly put in the coffin when Favreau and screenwriter Justin Theroux began working on the sequel and found themselves shrinking Howard's story line. Apparently, once Marvel heard about this, the studio went to Howard's people with a deal that included a paycut somewhere in the range of 50 - 80%. Needless to say, Howard and his people weren't feeling this...

I mean who in their right mind would take that kind of paycut?? This whole scenario sounds fishy to me. And with everything else in Hollyweird, I'm sure there's more drama to come. I'll keep you posted.