While Entertainment Weekly claimed that Terrence Howard was replaced by Don Cheadle due to a supposed poor performance in Iron Man, scribe Justin Theroux has surfaced claiming this wasn't the case. When it comes to scaling back Jim Rhodes involvement in the sequel, there just wasn't any talk of that. In short - Don't worry, as the character is still very important for the sequel.
Iron Man's War Machine Still Important
Justin Theroux caught up with MTV to discuss the involvement of War Machine in the sequel. According to him, no edits were considered based on Howard's performance. As a matter of fact, the character's involvement was expected to have a heavy presence since the beginning.
“All that stuff that was in the ‘EW’ article,” Theroux started before a brief pause. “I don’t know. I can only tell you what I know which is that from a writing standpoint we didn’t do anything differently [with the character]. It’s not like we were sitting there going, we need less of this or that. We just approached the characters and the story on their own terms.”
So what sort of involvement can we expect from Jim Rhodes with Don Cheadle now leading the character?
“I can’t really speak to the plot stuff and all the rest of it but Rhodes is completely present in a very strong and big way,” Theroux said of the man who would be War Machine. “He’s COMPLETELY present.”