The Movie Blog has some insight on what happened with the casting change for War Machine in Iron Man 2. I like both Terrance Howard and Don Cheadle, but it was one of those WTF? moments as to why the change. Word is leaking out:
According to Entertainment Weekly some new information is surfacing regarding WHY Howard was dumped.
Turns out it was for 2 reasons.
#1 - He was the highest paid actor on the movie
Yes, according to Entertainment Weekly, Terrance Howard was signed for MORE than Robert Downey Jr and everyone else on the movie. This isn’t too surprising because the studio wasn’t sure how the public would react to Downy at the time and Howard was, quite frankly, the bigger name. Still… a minor character getting more than the leads?
#2 - Howard was difficult on set and bad in the film
It’s being reported now that the studio, and director Jon Favreau himself did not like the performance Terrance Howard gave nor liked working with him that much. According to the story, Favreau spent a lot of time cutting and re-editing Howard’s scenes to make them work. It was so bad, that even though the original plan was to have a BIGGER role for Howard in the second film, Favreau had been working to make Howard’s role SMALLER. This was the final straw that made the studio pull the trigger and make the change.
Damn. Terrance Howard was the highest paid on that movie for minimal screen time? That is a WTF. At the time of casting, it was a very different story than it is today. Now, Robert Downey Jr. is on top of the heap, but back then he was a real risk. But let's review, Gwyneth Paltrow and Jeff Bridges were also in Iron Man and Howard was the highest paid? WTF?!