This Actor Probably Got The Nastiest Treatment From Marvel Ever
If they treat renowned actors like that, imagine what an ordinary person would have to go through.
Don Cheadle, who is among Marvel's OG stars now, was not always as respected and cherished by the studio as he is now.
It turns out that Cheadle was put in arguably the most uncomfortable position when Marvel contacted him with an offer. In an interview with GQ, MCU 's War Machine revealed that he had as little time as possible to decide whether he should sign a six-movie contract with Marvel.
"I was at my kid's laser tag birthday party," Cheadle recalled. "They called me and said, 'This is what's happening and we're giving you the offer. If you don't say yes then we're going to the next person. This is going to happen very fast. Why don't you take an hour and decide if you want to do it.' It was a six-movie deal! In an hour I have to decide?"
Now that's a nightmare for someone with anxiety, but even if you are the calmest person on Earth — an hour to decide whether you should go all in and sign a six-movie contract with then-relatively unknown studio is tough. Some fans noted Marvel's conditions felt "illegal", while others were taken aback by the way the studio decided to treat Cheadle.
"That was Oscar, BAFTA, Grammy and multiple Emmy Award Nominee and a Golden Globe Winner Don Cheadle they were talking to [by the way]," Twitter user ica_baby_la noted.
Others blasted Marvel's attitude as "classless" and "rude", noting how the studio apparently wanted to hint they had a whole line-up of actors waiting for the Rhodey role.
However, even if Cheadle also felt that was rude, he apparently chose to roll with it and accept the offer. Well, it turns out he was right all along, being one of Marvel's longest-staying stars.
Cheadle portrayed Rhodey for well over 12 years now, appearing in Iron Man 2 for the first time. Now, he is expected to return as War Machine in Armor Wars, even though the release date is yet to be specified by Marvel.