Robert Downey Jr was not Marvel’s first selection for Iron Man. In truth, the actor joined the movie after nearly everybody else was employed, a lot in opposition to the desires of Marvel bosses who had famously said that they won’t rent the actor, along with his historical past with medication, “at any price”.
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 deal, reportedly between $3.5 and $4.5 million. This made Howard the highest-paid star in your entire film. He was promised a further $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 lower brief, which had an implication on the monetary understanding too. While Howard said he had a three-film contract with Marvel, and so they have 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 approach 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 could possibly be employed and now wished him to return the favour.
“I referred to as Robby and was like, ‘Look, man . . .’ Leaving messages along with his assistants, referred to as him no less than 17 occasions that day and 21 the subsequent and at last left a message saying, ‘Look, man, I would like the assistance 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 bought the thousands and thousands I used to be speculated to get? He bought the entire franchise, so I’ve really given him $100 million, which finally ends up being a $100 million loss for me from me attempting to take care of any individual, however, you recognize, to this present day I might do the identical factor. It’s simply my nature,” Howard added.
He said the identical factor in an earlier interview to Andy Cohen, “It seems that the person who I helped grow to be Iron Man, when it was time to re-up for the second, took the cash that was speculated to go to me and pushed me out. They got here to me with the second and said ‘Look, we can pay you one-eighth of what we contractually had for you, as a result of we expect the second shall be profitable with or with out you.’ And I referred to as my pal, that I helped get the primary job, and he did not name me again for 3 months.”
Downey Jr has denied the fees, saying he had nothing to do with the choice to cut back Howard’s paycheque.