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November 21, 2008 - Iron Man 2 / Screenwriter talks about Cheadle recasting
Scooped on Tuesday, November 25, 2008
Iron Man 2 screenwriter Justin Theroux spoke with MTV's Splash Page about the rumors that the amount of screen time for Jim Rhodes/War Machine in the sequel is being scaled back in light of the recasting of Don Cheadle in the part. As far as Theroux knows, that isn't the truth. "I can't really speak to the plot stuff and all the rest of it but Rhodes is completely present in a very strong and big way," the writer told the site. "He's completely present."
Theroux went on to comment on a recent Entertainment Weekly report which said that Rhodes was being scaled back in the story. "All that stuff that was in the EW article, I don't know. I can only tell you what I know which is that from a writing standpoint we didn't do anything differently [with the character]. It's not like we were sitting there going, we need less of this or that. We just approached the characters and the story on their own terms."
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