When Marvel Studios announced last fall that they had decided to replace Terrence Howard with the far-less-pricey Don Cheadle in Iron Man 2, the person who was most surprised by the news was none other than Terrence Howard himself, who read about the news in Variety, just like the rest of us did. So while it's understandable that he's still steamed about being undercut and losing a prominent role in a prime franchise, we're not sure that he's winning himself any new fans in Hollywood by continually giving juicy answers about the controversy to any journalist who happens to ask.
To wit, check out what he told veteran entertainment journalist Jeanne Wolf in an interview for Parade:
"Marvel made a choice, and it was a very, very bad choice. They didn't keep their word. They didn't honor my contract. They produced a great bounty with the first one but they put it all in the storehouse and you were not allowed in. They did the same thing with Gwyneth Paltrow, from what I've been told. They did it with almost everyone except Robert Downey [Jr.]. One of the things that actors need to learn to do is always stick together, one for all and all for one."
"I've seen the script, I know what's going to happen, but I'm not revealing anything. I believe in karma. When someone does something wrong, you don't have to get them back. Everything right will return the favor for you. I'm definitely looking forward to seeing the movie. I want to see Don Cheadle become me. No, I want him to do better than me. That's what I really want to see. Don Cheadle was the reason I got Crash, so I have a lot of love for him."
Not only do we support Howard in his quest to speak out on this sensitive issue, but we applaud him for doing so. That said, because we admire Howard's talents as an actor (if not as a singer) and want to see him to continue to get work in the future, we humbly suggest that, on a go-forward basis, he politely issue a "No comment" when presented with questions on this particular subject. Take it from us, save all the Avi Arad–related bile you've been building up until you win yourself an Oscar. Or, if that never comes to fruition, a weepy interview with Barbara Walters.