Usually the most shocking thing about Bravo's "Watch What Happens Live" is how much alcohol the guests consume in one 30-minute chunk of time. But last night, guest Terrence Howard, who was visiting Andy Cohen's chat-fest alongside his "Best Man Holiday" costar Nia Long, dropped some gossipy knowledge after a caller asked why the star didn't return for "Iron Man 2" (instead, his part was played by Don Cheadle, who reprised it once again for this summer's $1 billion-grossing "Iron Man 3").
"Would you like to really know?" Howard began.
"Yes!" Cohen exclaimed.
"This is going to get me in a lot of trouble..." Howard said, before trailing off for a second or two. He continued: "It turns out that the person that I helped become Iron Man, when it was time to re-up for the second one, took the money that was supposed to go to me and pushed me out."
Cohen helpfully told Howard what we had all heard: "The word was that you wanted the same money as Downey."
Not true, according to Howard. "No, we did a three-picture deal. That means you did the deal ahead of time -- there was going to be a certain amount for the first one, a certain amount for the second, a certain amount for the third," Howard explained. "They came to me with the second and said 'look, we will pay you one-eighth of what we contractually had for you, because we think the second one will be successful with or without you.' And I called my friend, that I helped get the first job, and he didn't call me back for three months."
Cold, Downey! Cohen asked: "How are things now with your friend?" To which Howard responded: "Oh, I love him. God's going to bless him." And then he gave Cohen what can only be described as a murderer's stare.
Of course, Cohen is a gifted programmer and talk show host and summed up the whole thing eloquently at the end of the conversation: "Two words for that -- messy boots!"
Honestly, I have no idea what that means. But I'm going to be saying it a lot for the rest of the day. Hope you will too!