Happy Birthday: Terrence Howard

Terrence Howard.jpgTerrence Howard

Born: March 11, 1969 in Chicago, Illinois, USA

(2007 – On quitting smoking) The habit was a problem in my life. I always thought I was strong enough to battle it, but I guess I wasn’t. I went to Dubai for a film festival recently and purchased a 7,000-pound stone lion that now sits outside my home. I put my very last cigarette underneath it.

(2008) You offend me, I will call you on it. I don’t care if you’re the head of a studio or a P.A. on the set. You disrespect me, you have to pay for that. You’re not gonna tell me ‘shut up’ and I’ll shut up. I’ve always maintained my integrity. That’s more important than anything. Being able to face yourself in the mirror at the end of the day and say, ‘I still see me there. I don’t see a dented version of me.’

Kahlil Gibran said that madness frees us from the world’s understanding of us. The best thing you can be called is crazy.

[when asked by National Public Radio’s Scott Simon about the announcement that Howard would not be cast in the Iron Man (2008) sequel] It was the surprise of a lifetime. There was no explanation. The contract just … up and vanished. I read something in the trades that implicated it was about money or something, but apparently the contracts that we write and sign aren’t worth the paper that they’re printed on, sometimes. Promises aren’t kept, and good faith negotiations aren’t always held up.

 

 

 

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