Terrence Howard won't get a chance to don his War Machine armor in Iron Man 2, but now he's taken up an even heavier mantle: the defense of alleged Rihanna-beater Chris Brown.

Caught outside of Mr. Chow by an inquisitve Hollywood.tv paparazzo, Howard commented on the Rihanna/Brown situation with a sighed, "It's just life, man." he then added, "Chris is a great guy, man. He'll be all right. And Rihanna knows he loves her, you know? They'll be alright. 'Cause everybody gotta get out of their way, you know what I mean?" Yes, we do—it means that the Howard-mocking Jamie Foxx has a lot more material now. [Celebuzz]