Terrence Howard: I was shunned
Terrence Howard has recalled how hard it was to be shunned by the industry before his success on Empire.
The 46-year-old has had a tumultuous few years both professionally and personally. Having received critical acclaim for his work on 2004 film Crash as well as a big pay cheque for his work on Iron Man, rumours that he was difficult to work with soon started to have an effect. Alleged angry outbursts in public also didn’t help his public profile, and Terrence soon found himself at the bottom of people’s wish list.
“When all that stuff went down about me, you're not in any bargaining position," he told Rolling Stone. "You're shunned. You're persona non grata. It's always been a hard road for me. I run into bad luck. But I run into good luck too, so it's even-steven right now."
His change in fortune is thanks to hit Fox musical drama Empire. The series has put Terrence back on everyone’s radar alongside co-star Taraji P. Henson, but the actor is still struggling with his finances as he currently battles his second ex-wife Michelle Ghent over their divorce agreement.
“You know, all my checks from Fox are being held for garnishment, because of my ex. I'm broke as can be,” he continued. “I'm suffering. There's nothing worse than being a broke movie star. The problem with his business [is], you lose yourself.”
However Terrence really enjoys playing his Empire character Lucious Lyon and hopes that the show will run for many years. The character is an easy one for the star to portray, as he just has to tap into a part of his own psyche.
“Everything I do with Lucious is still me," he explained. "I just change the vibration. Because Lucious has a very base understanding of life — kill or be killed — I keep him down at a very low frequency."
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