Terrence Howard: ‘Iron Man’ Killed My Movie Career

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Oscar-nominated actor Terrence Howard says that the global blockbuster Iron Man was responsible for the downfall of his movie career.

Such was admitted by the Dead Man Down star in a new interview with Hollywood.com, in which he was asked to reveal the worst thing he’d ever witnessed.

“Worst thing I witnessed was Iron Man killing my career,” Howard said with a laugh.

Howard — who had nothing but nice things to say about his departure in 2010 — elaborated in an interview with Spanish-language site Desde Hollywood.

“I love the fact that Iron Man put me on a world stage and tested my strength of character,” he said (via The Huffington Post). “I chose not to fight back, not to deal with the allegations, but to continue forward and do what I had to do.”

“I had to start all over: went from making $6 million a movie, back to $60 thousand a movie. But as long as you don’t give up you are able … I’ll make $20 million soon. Because I have learned the lessons of yesterday,” he added.

Howard was replaced by actor Don Cheadle in the franchise’s sequels, Iron Man 2 and the upcoming Iron Man 3, respectively, after salary negotiations went south.

He had initially landed the role shortly after receiving a Best Actor Oscar nomination for his performance in the critically acclaimed drama Hustle & Flow.

Dead Man Down hits theaters on Friday.