Robert Downey Jr. was not Marvel’s first choice for Iron Man. In fact, the actor joined the film after almost everyone else was hired, much against the will of Marvel bosses who famously said they would not hire the actor and his story with drugs “at any cost.”
Iron Man’s Rhodey, actor Terrence Howard, however, was a different case. As an Oscar-nominated actor who scored many hits, he was made a good deal, reportedly between $ 3.5 million and $ 4.5 million. This made Howard the highest paid star in the entire film. He was promised an additional $ 5 million should Iron Man 2 happen, in which he was supposed to play the war machine.
However, things changed completely when Iron Man became a blockbuster and the MCU effectively launched. While Robert Downey Jr. was greeted with open arms by socialmediagossips, news came that Howard’s relationship with the MCU was not going as planned.
When Iron Man 2 finally happened, Howard’s role was reportedly canceled, which also affected financial understanding. While Howard said he had a three-film deal with Marvel and they should pay him $ 8 million for the sequel, the studio was only willing to pull out just under $ 1 million, which was far less than the first film.
In the midst of negotiations with Marvel, Howard Downey Jr. called. Story goes that Howard cut a $ 1 million salary cut for the first Iron Man just so Downey could be hired and now wanted him to return the favor.
I called Robby and said, ‘Look, man. . . ‘He left messages on his assistants, called him at least 17 times that day and 21 times the next, and finally left a message that said, “Look, man, I need the help I gave you.” I have never heard of him, “said Howard Rolling Stone in a 2015 interview.
He claimed that the money that was to come to him was now for the actor who played Tony Stark. “And guess who got the millions I should get? He got the whole franchise so I actually gave him $ 100 million, which means a $ 100 million loss to me trying to take care of someone, but to this day I’d do the same. It’s just my nature, ”added Howard.
In a previous interview with Andy Cohen, he said the same: “It turned out that when it came time to step back up for second, the person I helped become Iron Man took the money that was supposed to go me and pushed me out. They came to me with the second and said, “Look, we’re going to pay you an eighth of what we contracted for you because we believe the second will be successful with or without you.” And I called my friend that I was helping get the first job and he didn’t call me back for three months. “
Downey Jr. denied the charges, saying he had nothing to do with the decision to cut Howard’s paycheck.