Reel Story | Howard’s “Iron Man 2″ End!

7 11 2008

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While we initially speculated that it was money that was behind the decision to recast Oscar nominee Terrance Howard with Oscar nominee Don Cheadle, it appears we were right . . . and wrong!

Not only did Howard lose his spot in “Iron Man 2″ but he also won’t participate in the big-budget all-star project “The Avengers.” It appears that Howard overstated his importance and in addition was difficult on the set. The latest issue of Entertainment Weekly sheds more light on this confusing story.

Hollywood insiders believe the exit stems from Howard’s difficult behavior on the set of “Iron Man.” But those with intimate knowledge of the situation suggest a far more dramatic backstory: Howard was the first actor signed to the film and, on top of that, was the highest-paid.

That’s right: more than Gwyneth Paltrow. More than Jeff Bridges. More than Robert Downey Jr. And once the project fully came together, it was too late to renegotiate his deal. It didn’t help that, according to one source, Favreau and his producers were ultimately unhappy with Howard’s performance, and spent a lot of time cutting and reshooting his scenes. (Favreau could not be reached for comment, while Howard’s publicist says: ”Terrence had a tremendous experience working on “Iron Man.”)

You can read the full article here.

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