Don Cheadle shoots down allegations he made Terrence Howard ‘Aunt Viv’

A lot of ink was spilled Don Cheadle In 2008 he took on the role of James “Rhodey” Rhodes for Terrence Howard in the MCU arms wars The actor clarifies what happened behind the scenes.

On GQ’s character breakdown series on YouTube, Cheadle refuted claims that he “did it” to Terrence Howard by saying “I didn’t remove Terrence from a role” and that Rhodey was “an open role” when he was offered it.

For those who don’t know The Fresh Prince of Bel Air and Aunt Viv, the phrase refers to Janet Hubert’s replacement in the role of the series’ matriarch, with producers casting Daphne Maxwell Reid to play Aunt Viv beginning in season four. The off-screen events quickly became public as Hubert and Will Smith hit on each other for years. Hubert was accused of only wanting to do the show about herself, although she later explained she turned down a seedy contract that would keep her from working elsewhere.

While Cheadle doesn’t accept the Aunt-Viv comparisons, the truth is that the situation surrounding Howard’s exit from the iron man Franchise was actually pretty similar. According to the Rich Actor receiving pay rise from Robert Downey Jr iron man 2 meant that Howard had to take a significant pay cut, which he didn’t like.

Cheadle had little to do with these events, and he is not lying when he says Rhodey was up for grabs. However, the jury is still out on who was responsible for the rewrite, given that Feige and co. have yet to offer their side of the story. Similar to Hubert in fresh princeHoward has also been accused of acting greedy, but again, like Hubert’s situation, it could be that Marvel just didn’t make the actor feel professionally valued.

Regardless, Don Cheadle has become one of the most important and beloved faces of the MCU, putting his own stamp on the Rhodey/War Machine character. The actor is now preparing to begin filming Rhodey’s first solo outing in New York arms wars, which was originally conceived as a television show but has since been made into a film. It’s slated for a 2024 release, which will no doubt be a defining moment for a character that’s been in the MCU since conception, regardless of the actor behind it. Don Cheadle shoots down allegations he made Terrence Howard ‘Aunt Viv’

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