Sequels are tricky. Before studios can attempt to recapture the flavor of an original film they must first commit the franchise’s stars. Nine times out of ten, there are difficulties with reuniting a cast of actors high off the success of a tent pole movie. Egos, scheduling conflicts and a lack of interest from stars and studio heads have lead these 20 actors to be dropped from the franchise that made them famous.
Despite his limited role in the film, Terrence Howard somehow negotiated his way into being the highest paid actor on Iron Man. Director Jon Favreau was reportedly less than pleased with Howard and the amount he was paid, so when negotiations on the sequel began, South Marvel offered up Don Cheadle a spot as Howard’s replacement. Cheadle has played James Rhodes in two sequels while Howard has credited the debacle with killing his career.