Actor Terrence Howard Blames ‘Iron Man’ for Killing His Career
By: Amanda Anderson-Niles
Actor Terrence Howard’s career was on fire after he was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actor for his performance in Hustle & Flow. And although things seemed to look up post the film and he did land a major role in the Iron Man film, his career seemed to lose steam right after. And that’s most likely a result of the controversy surrounding his salary renegotiation to star in the sequel to the comic book based film series, as it was reported that he was requesting more money than the star of the film, Robert Downey Jr. It’s speculated that Howard wanted $6 million to play the role, and the film execs wanted to actually pay him less than they did for the first film. That was a blow to Howard considering that he was the highest paid actor in the first installment of the franchise. Although he pretended as if the spilt from the series was a cordial one, he is now saying in a recent interview with Hollywood.com while discussing the ordeal that it ruined his career:
“Worst thing I witnessed was ‘Iron Man’ killing my career.”
He explained further in an interview with Desde Hollywood. The actor says:
“I love the fact that ‘Iron Man’ put me on a world stage and tested my strength of character. I chose not to fight back, not to deal with the allegations, but to continue forward and do what I had to do. I had to start all over: went from making $6 million a movie, back to $60 thousand a movie. But as long as you don’t give up you are able … I’ll make $20 million soon. Because I have learned the lessons of yesterday.”
Despite things slowing down after Iron Man, Terrence Howard is still working and has a new film entitled Dead Man Down coming out on March 8.