Don Cheadle On 'War Machine' In 'Iron Man' 2

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The actor discusses what it was like playing the role


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 It is probably a rather difficult undertaking for any actor who has to replace another in a role in any major motion picture. Such is the case with Don Cheadle who replaced actor Terrence Howard in the upcoming 'Iron Man' 2. This past Thursday Cheadle caught up with Moviefone to discuss what it was like for him to work on the project, which he likened to being a lot like "playing with toys."

"I think the character that I play, my CGI character worked as much as I worked...The stuntman worked as much as I worked. It's a huge undertaking. It was great. It was a really different experience than I have worked on before. Robert [Downey Jr.] is a great guy to work with. Jon Favreau, everybody is quality. It's a lot of fun, the series."

It is only likely that many people may compare Cheadle's interpretation of the 'James Rhodes' character to the last guy that played role, Terrence Howard; and when asked about how he felt taking over the role from his friend, he said he felt like he just needed to make the role his own.

"The sort of ancillary buzz around it was kind of weird, kind of strange. Terrence is a friend of mine. But the actual playing it, I just felt like it was my role. I wasn't made to feel like I had to sort of take care of what was done before. I really feel like I could make it my own."

Are you looking forward to seeing Don Cheadle take over as James "Rhodey" Rhodes in the upcoming 'Iron Man' 2 movie? Do you think he was the right choice for the role? Are you excited about seeing 'War Machine'?
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#1 Posted by Om1kron (1221 posts) - - Show Bio

war machine was always cooler to me than iron man. 

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#2 Posted by Namor1987 (2096 posts) - - Show Bio
@Om1kron said:
"war machine was always cooler to me than iron man.  "

Agreed War Machine was cooler then IM IMO because he had all those wrist-mounted turrets, gatling gun mounted on his shoulder, & rocket launcher mount on the other shoulder but I really hope they show that big plasma rifle he used to have in earlier appearances in this movie
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#3 Posted by Moomin123 (2252 posts) - - Show Bio

Is that picture above what he really looks like in the film? He looks cool. 
I wish Terrence Howard was still doing the movie.
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#4 Edited by Archetype (726 posts) - - Show Bio
@Om1kron: samezies
 
I always thought his color pallet made him look better, dark and silver,also the shoulder mounted machine gun didn't hurt.
War Machine-built for combat
Iron Man-general purpose or multiple armors to facilitate each purpose independently
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#5 Posted by Dro (929 posts) - - Show Bio

his insane coolness factor over Iron Man is described even in his name: War Machine

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#6 Posted by venom32708 (54 posts) - - Show Bio

don cheadle fits war machine way better than terrence howard
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#7 Posted by Agent Buttons (12460 posts) - - Show Bio

:D!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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#8 Posted by Namor1987 (2096 posts) - - Show Bio
@Moomin123:
no sir just type in War Machine & click on his pic galley it shows him firing his weapons in a wooded area
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#9 Posted by DEGRAAF (8400 posts) - - Show Bio

I like war machine but i know little about him and i dont really want to go back and read all the past comics of war machine so i havent found a good pick up point
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#10 Posted by King Saturn (220537 posts) - - Show Bio
I still feel like Don shouldnt be Rhodey... it should still be Terrence Howard
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#11 Posted by DEGRAAF (8400 posts) - - Show Bio

i agree i think he was a good version of rhodey
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#12 Posted by Tyler Starke (4328 posts) - - Show Bio

Honestly I don't think Howard or Cheadle are man enough to be war machine, , But I haven't seen Cheadle as this character yet so i can't really say until I see Iron Man 2

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#13 Posted by King Saturn (220537 posts) - - Show Bio
@Tyler Starke said:
" Honestly I don't think Howard or Cheadle are man enough to be war machine, , But I haven't seen Cheadle as this character yet so i can't really say until I see Iron Man 2 "

how was Howard not man enough to play Rhodey ? you trying to say Terrence Howard putts in the rough ?

lmao 

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#14 Posted by HaloKing343 (1355 posts) - - Show Bio
@Tyler Starke:
Yeah, they're probably not man enough. Oh well, it'll still be cool to see.
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#15 Posted by goldenkey (3033 posts) - - Show Bio

always looking forward for Cheadle in anything, Howard got the shaft tho.  He did a great job, Howard is great in everything too.
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#16 Posted by Hellos (8871 posts) - - Show Bio

Coolios, can't wait to see the second film.

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#17 Posted by Darkchild (42388 posts) - - Show Bio

I personally cant wait to see Cheadle as Rhody

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#18 Posted by Media_Master (2189 posts) - - Show Bio

Cheadle fits the role just fine.

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#19 Posted by jefprice (882 posts) - - Show Bio

Don is such a better actor in every way. Also much more believable as WM to someone like me who has been a fan for 20 years.

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#20 Posted by Namor1987 (2096 posts) - - Show Bio

Why not a man everyone can agree on who everyone loves equally Denzel Washigton or Will Smith lol JUST KIDDING
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#21 Edited by The Messanger (55 posts) - - Show Bio

I thought Terrance Howard would have done a good job in the first one before I saw it, but when I saw him play James Rhodes I was like eeeeh.... This guy doesn't really fit the part for War Machine. And now that Don Cheadle is playing this character I hope he brings more life to it than Terrance did. Also Don Cheadles from Kansas City so.. REPRESENT!!!!!

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#22 Posted by MissAcid (28 posts) - - Show Bio

Well..I don't mean to be a 'downer' but I kinda had my hopes of having Will Smith be WM all along. But than again he might of been too over-the-top. Cheadle is a good choice though. 

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#23 Posted by Archetype (726 posts) - - Show Bio
@Archetype: However I must say that I find Tony to be way more interesting than Rhodey.
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#24 Posted by InnerVenom123 (29887 posts) - - Show Bio

Can't freakin' wait for this movie...
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#25 Posted by grimreaper1980 (677 posts) - - Show Bio

can you say intimidating

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#26 Posted by InnerVenom123 (29887 posts) - - Show Bio

I couldn't care less about who's in the armor.

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