Downey Jr on Iron Man recasting
Since Terrence Howard's role in Iron Man 2 was recast with Don Cheadle, we haven't heard anything from people involved in the film. Just the usual rumours about money, and difficult behaviour.
Now Robert Downey Jr has commented on the switch. But unsurprisingly he is being very diplomatic about it all.
News of recast came as news to all of us, especially Howard who found out with the rest of us it seems. The studio say he was diffcult on set, and has been on too high a wage in the first place. Howard says he knew nothing about on set behaviour issues, and never asked for more money.
I had nothing to do with that decision. I love Terrence very very much. That’s all I’ll say because I haven’t talked to him yet.
He has good things to say about Cheadle too. And is wary of putting his foot in it by saying the wrong thing.
I’ve always admired Don [Cheadle]. It’s one of those situations where I still don’t quite know what happened or why. Here’s what happens too: things happen and you wind up commenting on them before you’ve actually talked to the people and it’s in poor taste.
It does seem he's sad to see Howard isn't returning for the second film. And he is concentrating on keeping the goodwill they received after the first film.
I think the important thing with the ‘Iron Man’ franchise is to not do too much too soon and to make sure we don’t piss off the public that put us in the position we’re in. We’ve just got to keep rolling up our sleeves higher and further up the elbow. If we show up and we’re in the right head space and our heart’s in the right spot and we really think about the audience at every turn and we don’t try to stamp our hipness onto anything.
Don Cheadle is a great actor, and I guess we'll find out soon enough if he's as good at the lighter stuff. If not, some people at Marvel may have some explaining to do.