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Actor Terrence Howard has left fans confused about his departure from the Iron Man sequel after talking about the shock of hearing he had been replaced in one radio interview while explaining he quit the film in a magazine chat. Speaking to National Public Radio in America last year, the Hustle & Flow star revealed it was "the surprise of a lifetime" when he learned Don Cheadle would be replacing him in Iron Man 2.
He added, "There was no explanation... I read something in the trades implicating that it was about money or something, but apparently the contracts that we write and sign aren't worth the paper that they're printed on, sometimes.
"Promises aren't kept, and good faith negotiations aren't always held up."
But in a new Ebony magazine article, which hit the streets on Thursday, Howard suggests he walked away from the film after taking advice from his friend Will Smith.
Howard says, "I was simply on the wrong path with that movie."
Cheadle will take over the role of Jim Rhodes in the 2010 sequel. »
Craig Brewer is double-shifting.
The "Hustle & Flow" writer-director has signed a development deal with New Regency to write and direct "Mother Trucker," based on a Maxim article written by Steven Russell.
Pegged as an updated take on "Smokey and the Bandit," the classic 1977 Burt Reynolds-Jackie Gleason chase movie that spawned two sequels, "Trucker" is an action comedy about a man who escapes from jail, steals an 18-wheeler and heads across the South to see his dying mother with police on his trail.
After talking with several suitors, Brewer sold the pitch to New Regency exec Amy Israel, who worked with him when she was at Paramount Vantage. She will oversee for the company.
Moving Pictures also has "Mardi Gras" in production and "Fired Up" hitting theaters next month.
- By Jay A. Fernandez
2 items from 2009
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