Terrence Howard playing War Machine in the upcoming film
Can you talk about going into Iron Man which is a total fantasy world?
Terrence Howard:Not when you're working with Robert Downey Jr.; there's no fantasy about that. You're talking about getting ready for some action, cause what I love about him and Jon Favreau is you cannot predict who they are and what they're thinking. And then you add Jeff Bridges to the mix; I still think about the film he did with Kevin Spacey. He's from another planet because he's present, but then he's in front of you at the same time. And then you've got Gwyneth Paltrow, so there's nothing fantastical about it. It's like, 'You say you want to be an actor?' Every single one of these people have been nominated or have won an Academy Award, so now let's see what you're made of.
Who's your character in Iron Man?
Terrence Howard:I play a guy named James Rhodes, who becomes War Machine, a lieutenant colonel in the Air Force. I'm the liaison between Starks Enterprises and the military in the department of acquisitions.
Have you seen the costumes for Iron Man?
Terrence Howard:We didn't do the costumes yet; I haven't seen any of Tony Stark's costumes, but the outfits these people had on were amazing, they were beautiful. I took this role and I wanted to work with Robert Downey because he has a spontaneity and a fearlessness that I get close to. But I'm still very conservative and reserved than the film choices I make; he doesn't care, he just does it. He believes jump out of an aircraft at 25,000 feet in the air and just go 'wooooooooo' all the way down - I want to learn that, I want to learn that.
Iron Man hits theaters May 2, 2008.
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