Robert Downey Jr was not Marvel’s first selection for Iron Man. In truth, the actor joined the movie after virtually everybody else was employed, a lot in opposition to the desires of Marvel bosses who had famously stated that they won’t rent the actor, along with his historical past with medication, “at any cost”.
Iron Man’s Rhodey, actor Terrence Howard, nonetheless, was one other case. An Oscar-nominated actor who was coming off many hits, he was supplied an excellent deal, reportedly between $3.5 and $4.5 million. This made Howard the highest-paid star in all the film. He was promised an extra $5 million if Iron Man 2 occurred during which he was speculated to play the War Machine.
However, issues modified fully when Iron Man turned a blockbuster and successfully launched the MCU. While Robert Downey Jr was welcomed by folks with open arms, information began trickling in that Howard’s relationship with MCU was not going as deliberate.
When Iron Man 2 lastly occurred, Howard’s position was allegedly minimize brief, which had an implication on the monetary understanding too. While Howard stated he had a three-film contract with Marvel, and so they had been speculated to pay him $8 million for the sequel, all of the studio was able to fork out was a measly $1 million, which was means lower than the primary movie.
Amid the negotiations with Marvel, Howard referred to as Downey Jr. The story goes that Howard took a $1 million pay-cut for the primary Iron Man, simply in order that Downey may very well be employed and now wished him to return the favour.
“I called Robby and was like, ‘Look, man . . .’ Leaving messages with his assistants, called him at least 17 times that day and 21 the next and finally left a message saying, ‘Look, man, I need the help that I gave you’. Never heard from him,” Howard advised Rolling Stone in a 2015 interview.
He claimed that the cash which was supposed to return to him was now marked for the actor who performed Tony Stark. “And guess who got the millions I was supposed to get? He got the whole franchise, so I’ve actually given him $100 million, which ends up being a $100 million loss for me from me trying to look after somebody, but, you know, to this day I would do the same thing. It’s just my nature,” Howard added.
He stated the identical factor in an earlier interview to Andy Cohen, “It turns out that the person that I helped become Iron Man, when it was time to re-up for the second one, took the money that was supposed to go to me and pushed me out. They came to me with the second and said ‘Look, we will pay you one-eighth of what we contractually had for you, because we think the second one will be successful with or without you.’ And I called my friend, that I helped get the first job, and he didn’t call me back for three months.”
Downey Jr has denied the costs, saying he had nothing to do with the choice to cut back Howard’s paycheque.