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Don Cheadle Explains 'Iron Man 2' Drama

Source: Variety

December 18, 2008

Source: IGN -

I would like to know who are the powers-that-be who made the decision to replace Terrence Howard as Jim Rhodes with Don Cheadle in 'Iron Man 2'. When was it decided? Why was it decided? It seems, from what everyone who is talking on the record, from Terrence to Robert Downey Jr to Samuel L. Jackson, that the move caught everyone off guard.

Even Cheadle himself was thrown for a loop when it came down. In speaking with IGN, Cheadle talked about how it all developed.

'I got a phone call from my agent saying they were offering me the part. That was kind of it. It happened very fast, and I had a very short time to answer. Literally, overnight. I was unaware of what was happening with Terrence. And when they called me I asked what was going on with Terrence. I've worked with Terrence, I've known Terrence for a long time. And they said they were moving away from him. So it's not like I was taking Terrence's job, because the job was already gone. Someone else was going to do the part. I don't know who the next person in line was, but that's who they were going to. And I literally had a few hours to accept the job or not. '

When asked about the plot, Cheadle couldn't say much, stating, 'I can't reveal anything because I've seen nothing. I have no idea. There's no script yet. All I know is as much as you know, that Rhodey looked at that suit and said, 'Next time.' So I imagine I'm going to be in a suit ... I think the part will be bigger, obviously. I mean, in the comic book, if you just read the comic books, you know that character becomes pretty instrumental in Iron Man's life, so it's not a sidebar character. It's kind of integral to the story.

For the rest of the interview, go to IGN -

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