Avengers star Don Cheadle recalls the time when he was offered the part of War Machine for Iron Man 2 and says he had to decide in 2 hours.
Marvel Studios’ Phase 1 had two major pieces of recasting early on: Edward Norton as the Hulk and Terrance Howard as War Machine. The later would go onto to be replaced by Don Cheadle in Iron Man 2. The actor has now appeared in his fair share of films set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Avengers: Endgame was Don Cheadle’s seventh appearance as War Machine in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but it’s unclear what kind of role he will have in Marvel Studios’ future phases. In a recent interview with The A.V. Club, Cheadle talked about the crazy experience he had when the War Machine role was first offered to him.
“I was actually at my kid’s birthday party—a laser tag party—and I got a call from my agent, and they said, ‘Hey, so I want to connect you to these Marvel guys. They want to talk to you, but they want to offer you the part.’ I don’t think it was [Kevin] Feige. I don’t know who was on the phone. But they said, ‘Hey, this is the role. We want you to do this. It’s a six-picture deal.’ I was like, ‘What?! Oh, uh, okay…’ And I’m trying to do the math. I’m like, ‘That’s 11 or 12 years. I’m not sure.’ And they’re like, ‘Well, we need to know, because if you’re not saying yes, then we’re gonna move on to the next person. So you’ve got an hour.’”
Don Cheadle continued saying that Marvel Studios added another hour to his big decision:
“An hour to decide 12 years, and a role and parts that I don’t even know, in movies that are coming down that I have no idea what they’ll be. I said, ‘I’m at my kid’s laser tag party right now.’ They said, ‘Oh! Oh, take two hours.’ So generous! So I go back inside, and I’m ducking behind things, playing laser tag, and talking to my wife. I’m like, ‘Should I take a flier on this? Is this something I should do?’ And she said, ‘Well, yeah, I guess so. All things being equal, this is that kind of thing. You’ve never done anything like this before. Big special effects, tent pole, four-quadrant movie. Do you want to do something like this?’ I said, ‘I kind of do.’ She said, ‘Well, then take a flier. Let’s do it. Try it.’”
Where do you think Don Cheadle’s War Machine will appear in next? The Falcon and the Winter Soldier? Sound-off in the comments below!
Here is the official synopsis for Avengers: Endgame:
The grave course of events set in motion by Thanos that wiped out half the universe and fractured the Avengers ranks compels the remaining Avengers to take one final stand in Marvel Studios’ grand conclusion to twenty-two films, “Avengers: Endgame.”
Directed by Anthony and Joe Russo, Avengers: Endgame stars Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Don Cheadle, Paul Rudd, Brie Larson, Karen Gillan, Danai Gurira, Benedict Wong, Jon Favreau, Bradley Cooper, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Josh Brolin.
Avengers: Endgame is now available on Digital HD, 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, and DVD.
Source: The A.V. Club