Stage and screen star Terrence Howard has spoken out about his decision to not continue with the multi-billion dollar IRON MAN franchise in a recent radio interview where he also addresses acting in general and what his process is in selecting what parts and what projects.
When asked about how he chooses his roles, Howard said, "I don't really choose roles like that - it's like, 'How do you choose women?'" He continues, "It's just what comes around and you find yourself drawn or attracted to it."
He concludes, "You go with what happens. And, I'm like, 'Whatever happens happens,' and that's what I'm doing, man."
Following the first IRON MAN film, Howard departed the hit franchise, citing salary contract disputes, with his character being eventually played by actor (and, incidentally, CRASH producer) Don Cheadle.
Howard candidly remarks upon the movie studio's lowball offer to him for IRON MAN 2, after he had already signed a three-picture deal, relaying, "The second time, they came and they said, 'We think the movie will be successful with or without you, so instead of the eight million that we've said we are going to pay you, we are going to let you come back for a million dollars.'"
Howard had previously received "like four and a half [million]" for the first IRON MAN film, a respectable amount for the Oscar-nominated actor.
He clarifies further, saying, "We did a three-picture deal already, so it wasn't any negotiating We did a three-picture deal, so I thought, 'Oh, we're good.'" But, they were far from it, unfortunately.
"I didn't know that it was not a mutually-binding contract. It was only beneficial to them - they could bring me back or not; they could honor it or not," Howard says.
Pat Cerasaro is a playwright and screenwriter currently in pre-production on his first feature film.|