Terrence Howard is certainly a well-known actor in Hollywood, especially for his roles in Marvel’s Iron-Man and Iron-Man 2. Now it seems Howard has decided to flex his legal muscle and hired a legal team to send a warning to producers of his new movie, Triumph, where he claimed that the producers used his likeness without his consent.
According to the cease & desist letter obtained by TMZ, Howard’s legal team sent the letter to employees at Cinemark, Digital Ignition Entertainment, Argonaut Entertainment Partners and others, where it was alleged that the actor’s name, image and likeness have been used in connection with the feature film without his consent.
As stated by the letter, which is signed by attorney Michael Saltz, Howard’s involvement with the film was “conditioned upon the satisfaction of material monetary and non-monetary promises made by the producers, which never happened.”
Howard’s attorneys further claimed that these producers acknowledged as recently as April 15 that Howard’s consent had not been obtained and that the film would not be able to release until they received a signed release. To make matters worse, the film was released on April 30 regardless.
Howard is also featured heavily in promotions for the film, where he plays the wrestling coach opposite co-star RJ Mitte. The letter further threatens Argonaut with legal action if it continues involving Howard with “distribution, advertising, promotion, and/or exhibition of ‘Triumph’ in any manner,” stating that it is a clear violation of his publicity rights.
Digital Ignition Entertainment reached out to TMZ regarding the cease and desist letter as well.
“The producers made this film with a mission to help advance awareness of Cerebral Palsy and to do our part to promote inclusion in the film. We couldn’t be more proud of the job our cast and crew did to highlight the remarkable accomplishments of the writer of the film, who has Cerebral Palsy, and the lead actor of the film, RJ Mitte, who is also diagnosed with cerebral palsy.”
This is certainly a very messy legal situation and we will have to wait and see how the case will unfold. We will keep you updated on this ongoing case.