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Iron Man Star Terrence Howard Claimed Robert Downey Jr Owes Him $100M, Said He Let it Go Because “It’s his nature”

The first Iron Man film featured Terrence Howard in the role that is now embodied by Don Cheadle in the MCU. When the recasting scenario initially took place, not much surrounding the nitty-gritty of the occurrence was revealed. While Howard did express his frustrations initially, more bewildering details were unearthed in the later years.

The matter seemed to have raised several claims made against Robert Downey Jr., the ever-so-accomplished MCU star. While Downey Jr. has denied the statements that were made against him, Howard did not quite let go of his grudges until much later on when he decided to call quits on the feud and allowed himself to let the bygones be bygones.

Terrence Howard’s Frustrations With The Iron Man Recasting

In the first film, we saw a sequence where Terrence Howard, as Rhodey, looks at the Mark II suit and says, “Next time, baby”, which foreshadowed him taking up the War Machine moniker in the next film. Unfortunately, that line became infamous as it never comes to fruition. Not for Howard, at least. With Don Cheadle replacing the Empire star for the prominent role, there was no “next time.”

The recasting had intrigued a few people when it took place. With some wondering about the reasons behind such a seemingly drastic step, the former MCU alum addressed his frustrations while talking to National Public Radio about the situation. As one would guess, the actor was shocked. He had the following to say:

“…The contracts that we write and sign aren’t worth the paper that they’re printed on, sometimes. Promises aren’t kept, and good faith negotiations aren’t always held up… [The contract] just – up and vanished.”

Therefore, as alleged by the Prisoners actor, certain promises that were made to him ended up being broken. More statements were soon to follow up in the coming years. While several media insiders affirmed that the primary reason behind the change in attitude by Marvel Studios was caused by the difficult behavior that Howard seemed to possess, more details would reveal an entirely different story.

How Iron Man Actor Robert Downey Jr. Came Into The Picture

In 2013, while making an appearance on Watch What Happens Live, Terrence Howard gave further insight into what had happened that led Marvel into taking the controversial step. Initially, the former MCU actor was the highest paid out of everyone involved in the first Iron Man. It was much more than what lead star Robert Downey Jr. was given at that time.

According to Howard, Marvel had agreed upon a three-picture deal. This agreement was struck way ahead of time. The Hustle & Flow star described it in the following manner:

“We did a three-picture deal. So that means, you did the deal ahead of time. It was going to be a certain amount for the first one, a certain amount for the second, a certain amount for the third.”

Allegedly, the studio had gone against what was stated in the contract. When it came to Iron Man 2, Marvel alleged that the second film would do better “with or without” Howard. Therefore, deviating from what was promised, the actor was only offered “one-eighth” of the total sum that was contractually agreed upon.

Howard then pointed out that a friend he had helped previously, did not come to his saving when he needed it the most. Here’s the allusion he made that clearly shifted the blame to Robert Downey Jr., his former co-star:

“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 … I called my friend, that I helped get the first job, and he didn’t call me back for three months.”

It is believed that during the first Iron Man, Howard willingly settled for a meager payment just to make room for Downey – who Marvel was initially reluctant to hire. This is the help that was offered by the Empire star. When it was his turn to ask back for a favor, the biggest name in the MCU franchise, as alleged by Howard, did not come to his rescue.

The matter was far from finished.

Terrence Howard Claimed That He Constantly Asked For Help

In a 2015 interview with Rolling Stone, the audience received a more closer look at what happened. A big bold claim was made by Terrence Howard which had some serious implications. He firstly started off the story by saying that he called “Robby” many a time while the negotiations were taking place. This is how he recalled the situation:

“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.”

He went on to say that despite his numerous efforts, the Sherlock Holmes alum did not reach back to him. The former MCU talent emphasized that it was Downey Jr. who then ended up getting the money that Howard was supposed to get.

He claimed:

“…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.”

While this interview received bizarre reception, things seemingly calmed down in 2017 when the two parties involved buried the hatchet. Speaking to Andy Cohen, Howard elaborated on the transient nature of life. “We both realized life’s too short,” said the Prisoners alum.

The actor also owned up to his mistake and it can be ascertained that the two have moved on ever since – having other important things in life to worry about. While Terrence Howard could not earn his “next time” as the War Machine in Iron Man 2 and the other films that came after it, Don Cheadle is gearing up for his much-awaited MCU solo film that will soon see its fruition.

Armor Wars will proceed to go under production sometime in 2023.

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The Ultimate List of the Best Action Movie Hero Names

Arnold Schwarzenegger (aka “Arnie”, “The Austrian Oak”, or “The Govenator”) is an ultimate action movie legend of the first class. Both a former Mr. Universe and Mr. Olympia champion bodybuilder and former Governor of California, Arnold has risen to the highest levels of worldly success.

Born in Thal, Styria, Austria, Arnold made his breakthrough into Hollywood action movies originally in sword-and-sorcery with Conan the Barbarian and in sci-fi with The Terminator, early roles which let him hide his thick accent and lack of American acting experience.

However, Arnold quickly found his niche and would go on to helm some of the most critically and commercially successful action movie blockbusters of all time. Including Terminator 2: Judgement Day and the Terminator Series, Commando, Predator, Total Recall and True Lies to name a few. While he has eased up in later years to pursue public office, his legacy remains Arnold strong!

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American Ninja 4: The Annihilation (1991) Biography, Plot, Trailer

American Ninja 4: The Annihilation (1991)
American Ninja 4: The Annihilation (1991)

American Ninja 4: The Annihilation (1991)

American Ninja 4: The Annihilation is a 1991 American martial arts action film starring Michael Dudikoff, David Bradley, and James Booth. A sequel to American Ninja 3: Blood Hunt (1989), it is the fourth installment in the American Ninja franchise, followed by American Ninja V and was directed by Cedric Sundstrom. The film marked Michael Dudikoff’s final appearance in the American Ninja franchise.

American Ninja 4: The Annihilation (1991)


A Delta Force unit attempts to escape from a pursuing group of ninja in a foreign country but most are killed and the rest are captured. The secret Ninja Army is headed by Colonel Scarf Mulgrew) an ex-British policeman and anti-American who has joined with Shiekh Ali Maksood, a Muslim militant, who plans to bring a suitcase nuke to New York. Mulgrew threatens to burn the commandos alive and use the nuke unless he is paid a ransom of 50 million dollars. Agents Sean Davidson and Carl Brackston are sent on a covert mission to rescue the prisoners and defeat the terrorists.


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Sean and Carl parachute in and meet their contact Pango. While gathering information from a local operative named Freddie, they are confronted by Mulgrew and the corrupt local police headed by O’Reilly. Freddie is killed by Mulgrew but Sean, Carl, and Pango escape. Pango takes them to Dr. Sarah a Peace Corps nurse who hides them from the police. Soon after ninjas attack, capturing Sean, Carl and Sarah alive while Pango escapes, and imprisoning them in an old British fort to be tortured by Mulgrew. Mulgrew assaults Sarah and later it is revealed Mulgrew killed her father.


  • Michael Dudikoff as Agent Joe Armstrong
  • David Bradley as Agent Sean Davidson
  • Dwayne Alexandre as Agent Carl Brackston
  • Robin Stille as Dr. Sarah[3]
  • Ken Gampu as Dr. Tamba
  • James Booth as Colonel Scarf Mulgrew
  • Ron Smerczak as Shiekh Ali Maksood
  • Frantz Dobrowsky as Captain O’Reilly
  • Kely McClung as Super Ninja
  • Jody Abrahams as Pango
  • Anthony Fridjhon as Freddie / Treddle
  • David Sherwood as Gavin
  • Sean Kelly as Norris
  • Jamie Bartlett as Segal
  • John Pasternak as Carlos
  • Robin B. Smith as Schultz
  • Shane Safi as Little Special School Child

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Will Smith CONFRONTS Jim Carrey For HUMILIATING Him On Live TV

Get ready for the ultimate showdown! In this explosive video, Will Smith confronts Jim Carrey after being publicly humiliated on live TV.

The two Hollywood legends have a long-standing rivalry, but things came to a head after Jim’s controversial comments about Will during an interview.
With tensions running high, Will finally has the opportunity to confront Jim face-to-face and demand an apology.

But will Jim be able to make amends for his insulting remarks, or will this confrontation only escalate the feud further?
Watch now to find out!

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But will Jim be able to make amends for his insulting remarks, or will this confrontation only escalate the feud further?
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