As you may have noticed, the character of Lt. Col. James Rhodes was played by Terrence Howard in the first “Iron Man” movie and then played by Don Cheadle in the second and third installments. On Thursday (Nov. 14), Howard told “Watch What Happens Live” exactly how he got “pushed out” of the films.

Host Andy Cohen says people always thought was because Howard wanted the same amount of money as Robert Downey Jr. was getting, but Howard says that wasn’t exactly it.

“Would you like to really know? Well, it turns out in order for — this is gonna get me in a lot of trouble — it turns out that the person that I helped become Iron Man, when it was time to re-up for the second one, took the money that was supposed to go to me and pushed me out,” says Howard.

“We did a three-picture deal, so that means that you did the deal ahead of time. It was going to be a certain amount for the first one, a certain amount for the second, a certain amount for the third,” he continues. “They came to me with the second and said look, we will pay you one-eighth of what we contractually had for you because we think the second one will be successful with or without you.”

“And I called my friend that I helped get the first job and he didn’t call me back for three months.”

Cohen asks what his relationship is like with his friend now and Howard says, “Oh, I love him. God’s gonna bless him.”

Interesting. Do you think that’s what really happened?

Howard can next be seen in “The Best Man Holiday” movie, opening nationwide Nov. 15, and next year in series “Wayward Pines” as Sheriff Pope.

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