November 03, 2008

I'm with Steve Newton at this point ...

... and that's that I've had just about enough of the election at this point. Just get it on, already! I've actually got two posts ready to go for late tomorrow/early Weds. -- one if Obama wins and one if McCain pulls it out. (And don't worry Obamaites -- I'm quite cordial to The Messiah in his post.)

So, since I've had it until after tomorrow (at least), let's check out some IRON MAN news!!

Terrance Howard, who played James Rhodes in "Iron Man" (Tony Stark's -- Robert Downey -- right-hand man), is OUT of "Iron Man 2!"

According to Entertainment Weekly, while some insiders guessed it had to do with Howard being difficult on the set, the story has much more to it:

“Howard was the first actor signed to the film and, on top of that, was the highest-paid. That’s right: more than Gwyneth Paltrow. More than Jeff Bridges. More than Robert Downey Jr. And once the project fully came together, it was too late to renegotiate his deal.”

Wow. How’s that for an interesting twist? To further complicate matters, the word is that Jon Favreau was not very happy with Howard’s portrayal of Tony Stark’s long time friend Jim Rhodes. Again, there is no confirmation on this as Favreau did not comment on any of this.

Who's gonna replace Howard? Check it: Don Cheadle. It's a no-lose situation for Iron Fans, although I dig Howard and thought he did just fine as Rhodes. But Cheadle is a phenomenal actor so I'm sure he'll pick up the role without skipping a beat.

Cheadle, at left, now gets a shot at playing the
armored War Machine, instead of Howard.

Posted by Hube at November 3, 2008 05:25 PM | TrackBack

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Saw Iron Man over the weekend on DVD - Loved it! And I'm not even a comic book fan. Robert Downey was the perfect mix of flawed and funny. I guffawed when he threatened his helper robot with being sold to a community college if the robot tried to extinguish any more non-existent fires.

Posted by: Chanman at November 3, 2008 06:36 PM

See, I was never that thrilled with Terence Howard's Rhodey - I found him to be effeminate. Cheadle will be a great replacement.

And I agree - tomorrow can't come fast enough!

Posted by: Bronwen at November 3, 2008 07:59 PM

I didn't like Terrence Howard's Rhodey, but I chalked it up to bad writing and editing. Rhodey spent the entire movie nagging Stark about his decisions. "Tony, you can't do that!" "Tony be serious!" etc, etc. That's all he did. He doesn't fight the bad guy. He really doesn't put himself on the line to save Stark. He just nags.

But that isn't Howard's fault. He doesn't write the lines and he doesn't decide how things are edited. I felt really sorry for Howard because his character really didn't have any meat to it that made it to the screen. If you give anybody that part, they will come off like an old woman.

Posted by: Jeff the Baptist at November 4, 2008 09:09 AM

What, did you expect him to become War Machine in the first movie? I hope he does in the second movie, and we don't see the Mandarin until the third, although they might work him into the second to my satisfaction. (Not that they're asking me or that interested in my opinion personally, of course.:)

Posted by: ShadowWing Tronix at November 4, 2008 08:03 PM