Re: Howard says that not getting to Reprise his Ironman role killed his career!
I did like Howard as Rhodey in IM1, and I was too fond of Cheadle as replacement early on. However, this interview proves that Marvel was correct in sacking Howard in IM2 instead of catering to his outrageous demands.
I think he was overpaid in IM1 because back then RDJ was still a huge question mark, which many of us have forgotten, and Howard just came off an Oscar nomination from Hustle & Flow and was an 'It' actor. That doesn't justify his enormous ego nor his salary demands for the sequel, and we now can see that going with RDJ was the right move.
"I know I'm asking a lot, but the price of freedom is high, it always has been, and it's a price I'm willing to pay. And if I'm the only one, then so be it. But I'm willing to bet I'm not." - Captain America