Terrence Howard is back on the big screen and he’s more bad-ass than ever as a crime lord’s right-hand man. As the slick talking, take-charge Alphonse Hoyt, Terrence comes face-to-face with his illegal life when he begins to be hunted by an unknown killer.
“He’s this twisted person who has made bad choices along the way and is still hoping to avoid the consequences of his actions,” Terrence tells CocoaFab. “I can relate to that because we all do that. We keep stuffing out pasts underneath a rug and we forget that we have to pass by that place and as time accumulates, everything expands. The little bitty mistakes that we make will resurface.”
In fact, Terrence feels like he has an inner Alphonse, except that instead of drugs and crime, Terrence was guilty of infidelity.
“In my first marriage, when things got bad with my ex-wife, I began to venture outside of the marriage and explore other avenues. Those things compromised my integrity,” Terrence admits. “My selfish actions bred selfish reactions. It was difficult for me to believe that someone would tell me the truth in a situation. Here I knew I had lied.”
Now in a better place, Terrence used his past to inform this character. Plus it didn’t hurt that he had an old friend as his castmate. Terrence stars opposite Colin Farrell in the thriller, out March 8. “Colin is such a strong man and a strong actor. he’s made it through the ups and downs of life and the pitfalls, and it’s nice to see that and to be encouraged by that,” says Terrence, who first worked with Colin in the 2002 film Hart’s War. “We had a natural attraction between us, a brotherly spirit and to have that reunited was great.”
However, in the upcoming film The Butler, about a White House butler who served eight American Presidents over the course of three decades, it’s not a brotherly attraction that Terrence has, it’s a sexual one that he shares with…wait for it, Oprah Winfrey.
“To watch Oprah loose the O and to see her as a woman, to kiss her, to contradict what she’s known for… To treat her like a desirable woman was the best thing,” says Terrence of making out with Oprah in a scene of the Lee Daniels-directed film. “Lee told me that he was going to do for me what he did for Mo’Nique in Precious.”
Can’t wait to see that!
In the meantime, catch Terrence Howard in Dead Man Down which opens in theaters this weekend!