Did Robert Downey Jr.’s Greed Push Terrence Howard Out Of Iron Man 2?

While Terrence Howard–on a promotional tour for his new film The Best Man Holiday–spoke of a certain situation regarding his departure from the Iron Man series following the first film, he didn’t really have to name any names. It’s a little baffling that he didn’t come right out and say “Robert Downey Jr. pushed me out of the film,” instead he said everything BUT that. Perhaps its time to grow a set, Terrence, and come right out and say the man’s name–we all know who you are talking about.

Anyway, here’s the transcript of what he said during the interview on Bravo TV. You can check out the video here.

Well, it turns out…and this is gonna get me in a lot of trouble. It turns out that the person that I helped become Iron Man, when it was time to re-up for the second one took the money that was supposed to go to me and pushed me out. We did a three picture deal. You did the deal ahead of time. A certain amount for the first one. For the second a certain amount. For the third…they came to me for the second one and said, ‘We will pay you 1/8th 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 who I helped get the first job and he didn’t call me back for three months.

What do you think? Does Howard just seem like a bitter man? Is there more to this story than he is letting on?