Howard: 'Iron Man' Swap Was a Surprise

LOS ANGELES (AP) _ Terrence Howard says was surprised to learn
that Don Cheadle would replace him in ``Iron Man 2.''
``It was the surprise of a lifetime,'' the actor and musician
told National Public Radio on Tuesday. ``There was no explanation,
(the contract) just up and vanished.''
Howard said he read news reports that money was the issue,
saying the contracts he signs apparently ``aren't worth the paper
that they're printed on sometimes.''
Cheadle assumes the role of James Rhodes, a character that
becomes Iron Man's sidekick War Machine in the comics, according to
The Hollywood Reporter. Robert Downey Jr. will reprise his role as
weapons mogul Tony Stark.
Howard, who also starred in ``Hustle & Flow,'' is promoting his
new album ``Shine Through It.''

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