As you all know, Terrence Howard starred as Jim Rhodes aka War Machine in the first Iron Man movie but was replaced by Don Cheadle for the sequel. Howard was the highest paid cast member on the first Iron Man and apparently helped talk the producer into casting Robert Downey Jr in the lead role. However, Howard’s salary offer for the sequel was more in line with a supporting character’s wage, and he wasn’t happy about it.

Speaking to Rolling Stones about the forthcoming second season of Empire, Howard claims that he has lost more than $100 million as a result of being recast.

"I called Robby and was like, 'Look, man...' Leaving messages with his assistants, called him at least 17 times that day and 21 the next and finally left a message saying, 'Look, man, I need the help that I gave you.

Never heard from him. And guess who got the millions I was supposed to get? He got the whole franchise, so I've actually given him $100 million, which ends up being a $100 million loss for me from me trying to look after somebody, but, you know, to this day I would do the same thing. It's just my nature.”

Howard’s recent comments echo what the Academy Award Nominated actor said in 2013 where he went into a little more detail.

“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 one, a certain amount for the third. 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.”

Under the frugal guidance of Isaac Perlmutter, Marvel had amassed a reputation for being a little tight with the purse strings. Kevin Feige has now gained more control over financial decisions, but thanks to Perlmutter’s cost-cutting the studio is the powerhouse it is today. Well that, and being bought by Disney. 

While I won’t ever be in the position to know what it feels like to miss out on $100 million. It has been almost eight years since Iron Man, and I think it’s time that Howard let it go. You can see Terrence Howard back as Lucious Lyon in the highly addictive Empire when it returns on September 23rd.