Not too long ago, Terrence Howard was unceremoniously bumped from Iron Man 2 and replaced with Don Cheadle. On the press tour for Fighting, he once again opened up about the way things went down. And if you were wondering whether there were metaphors, you know damn well there were metaphors.
“[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.”
How do you expect to produce more bounty if you’re hanging out in the storehouse all day? I swear, the guy acts like he’s never farmed. Anyway, he went on to claim that Marvel initially lowballed everyone in the cast except Robert Downey.
“They did the same thing with Gwyneth, from what I’ve been told. They did it with almost everyone, I think, except Downey. 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.”
Howard then added, “I have more to say, but not through words,” at which point he upended a rain stick and launched into a sort of improvisational ballet. Skibbity doo bop, skoobity bee dop, uh shibbity shibbity shibbity, hey! *bongo playing*