Terrence Howard had time to reflect back on the whole Marvel vs. Terrence Howard craziness back when Don Cheadle was chosen to play James Rhodey in Iron Man 2. The above picture is very appropriate.
Here’s a quick rundown. He was the highest paid actor brought on board for the first Iron Man movie. According to reports, producers and director Jon Favreau weren’t too pleased with his performance, so they opted to give him a lesser role in the sequel. Marvel decided to offer him lesser pay for the sequel. Howard wouldn’t budge, and the rest is history.
He talks about his thoughts on the Marvel situation while promoting Dead Man Down:
It’s similar to what happens with my character in this movie: He had lost a lot. Thought he was maintaining and holding his ground. All the things he was building his future on was not going to sustain him. Unfortunately he went after and tried to seek his own revenge.
I had a decision to make. I could have sought revenge against Marvel and all. But I learned something in life. You know? That everything is controlled by this wave particle theory. Often times when we are moving up in this wave field we are looking up. But the moment that we are reaching the descent we are still looking up. Guess what: we are falling. But if you turn and orient yourself in the direction that you are going in, you will gain momentum and a great deal of inertia so you reflect off the valley and you miss the next two or three downward falls.
I love the fact that Iron Man put me on a world stage and tested my strength of character. Because I chose not to fight back, not to deal with the allegations, but to continue forward and do what I had to do. I had to start all over: went from making $6 million a movie, back to $60 thousand a movie. But as long as you don’t give up you are able… I’ll make $20 million soon. Because I have learned the lessons of yesterday.
In short, it’s better to move forward than to dwell in the past.
I think $60 thousand a movie is still good. Oh sure, $6 million is great, but I think that’s a lot for a supporting character role in the first Iron Man film. Robert Downey Jr. only received $500,000 for his role, and he’s the $%^&ing main character! At least Downey is doing great, since he’s getting $50 million for The Avengers.
I guess I can understand his situation though. Howard was rising up on the Hollywood ladder with films like Crash, Hustle and Flow, and The Brave One. Ever since he got canned from the Iron Man sequel, you can say that his “flow” stopped.