Terrence Howard speaks about Iron Man 2

There was tons of speculation as to why Terrence Howard wasn't coming back as Jim Rhodes/War Machine in Iron Man 2. But the reason that the world settled on was based on past precedent. That is, Marvel was getting notorious for low-balling actors on these big budget flicks, so naturally that's what we thought it was. Terrence Howard stayed quiet, not even giving Tedd an interview (even though he does have Howard's cat which is affectionately called Terrence Howard's Cat-THC for short). Howard has decided enough of that, and spoke to Sci Fi Wire about the entire negotiations process and where things went wrong. Essentially, what we thought happened did happen (at least according to Howard). A contract was in place, but Marvel tried to renegotiate the contract, giving Howard less money. The renegotiation happened only after Iron Man became the success that it was, and Marvel realized (or thought) that they didn't need the actors to sell the property. "They [Marvel] made a choice. They made a very, very bad choice. They didn't keep their word. They didn't honor our contract. They sent everyone out into a field and told them to work and produce a great bounty. You produce a great bounty, and then when it's all in the storehouse, you are not allowed into the storehouse." The sad thing about it? Howard says Marvel did this with every member of the cast (except for Robert Downey, Jr.). "They did the same thing with Gwyneth [Paltrow], from what I've been told. They did it with almost everyone, I think, except Downey throughout the thing. One of the things that actors need to learn to do is take a tip from Friends [whose cast members all held out for higher pay]. You always choose to stick together. One for all and all for one. Our Gang, you know? Let Spanky be our rule." It was rumored that Jon Favreau was close to not coming back to direct the sequel, and Samuel L. Jackson was almost removed from the Marvel Universe entirely (he's since been signed to like nine Marvel movies I think). I know that Marvel is new to this whole "make your own movies thing," but they need to learn that the property only sells itself to a point. Didn't they ever read those casting calls in Wizard magazine, theorizing that such and such an actor would make an awesome "insert comic book character" here? We want to see Howard as War Machine. Edward Norton as Hulk. Christian Bale as Batman. That's part of the film's awesomeness. There you have it kids. Howard wasn't asked back because Marvel screwed him over. Your move Marvel, if you care to respond. Terrence Howard speaks out about Iron Man 2