Sept. 28 (UPI) -- Terrence Howard says he won't reprise War Machine in new Iron Man movies.
"You know what's so funny? Even though I love Don Cheadle so much and I love what he's done, I still hear a lot of fans asking, am I going to come back and be War Machine?" the star acknowledged.
Howard played James Rhodes, aka War Machine, in the first Iron Man movie, but was replaced by Cheadle following a contract dispute.
"I think they could have a huge franchise off of it," he said of his potential return. "But [expletive] 'em."
"It turns out that the person I helped become Iron Man... when it was time to re-up for the second one, he took the money that was supposed to go to me and pushed me out," the actor said.
"We did a three-picture deal," he added. "They came to me with the second and said, 'Look, we will pay you one-eighth 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 -- that I helped get the first job -- and he didn't call me back for three months."
Howard and Downey had a friendly reunion in February 2016 after feuding over Howard's departure for years.
"Nice to see my old friend again... #lifestooshort #allgood," Howard said of their reconciliation.