Don Cheadle recently spoke with IGN.com, and he discussed taking over the role of Col. James ‘Rhodey’ Rhodes in Iron Man 2.

On how he got involved with Iron Man 2:

“I got a phone call from my agent saying they were offering me the part. That was kind of it. It happened very fast, and I had a very short time to answer. Literally, overnight. I was unaware of what was happening with Terrence. And when they called me I asked what was going on with Terrence. I’ve worked with Terrence, I’ve known Terrence for a long time. And they said they were moving away from him. So it’s not like I was taking Terrence’s job, because the job was already gone. Someone else was going to do the part. I don’t know who the next person in line was, but that’s who they were going to. And I literally had a few hours to accept the job or not.”

I’m sort of indifferent about the whole War Machine debacle. While I thought Terrence Howard did a pretty good job, I don’t think he deserved to be paid more than Downey Jr. Wether or not he was asking for more money seems to be something of dispute, but I tend to believe that obviously there had to be SOME reason why they fired him. I give credit to Marvel & Co for getting Cheadle on board. While he doesn’t look like Terrence, he’s a great actor and actually does look a lot like many artists drew James.

Then again, Terrence Howard also looked like Mr. War Machine. So I guess it’s all up to interpretation. I do think it’s funny that fanboys have gotten so upset one way or the other. It’s not like Howard had such a big role in the last film that he couldn’t be replaced. Furthermore, it’s not like they replaced him with the guy from the Allstate commercials. They got a good actor in Don Cheadle.

What say you?

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