Yesterday, Terrence Howard’s Rolling Stone profile went viral. Why, you ask? Because the man is crazy. This isn’t a situation where “haha, he’s so quirky and odd, how charming!” No. He’s a violent woman-beater and he’s legitimately crazy. At some point this year, I really just tapped out on covering Howard, even though there’s been a ton of news about his crazy divorces, money woes, legal issues and more. First of all, I couldn’t keep it straight, because it seemed like every year he has a new “wife” and then it all ends in tears, violence, divorce and a new baby. You can read the full Rolling Stone interview with Howard here. Some highlights:
He took the role in Empire because women kept accusing him of abuse & assault: “Since they see me as a bad guy. I’m gonna play a bad guy.”
When Robert Downey Jr. had him kicked off the Iron Man franchise: “When all that stuff went down about me, you’re not in any bargaining position. You’re shunned. You’re persona non grata.”
Terryology: As RS writes, “He continued to love himself by buying scissors, wire, magnets and vast numbers of sheets of plastic. He had a theory. It might seem crazy, it may even be crazy, but a long time ago he’d gotten hold of this notion that one times one doesn’t equal one, but two. He began writing down his logic, in a language of his own devising that he calls Terryology. He wrote forward and backward, with both his right and left hands, sometimes using symbols he made up that look foreign, if not alien, to keep his ideas secret until they could be patented. In 2013, he got married again, to an L.A. restaurateur named Mira Pak, and the two would spend up to 17 hours a day cutting shapes out of the plastic and joining them together into various objects meant to demonstrate not only his one-times-one theory but many others as well.”
He quit smoking cigarettes. “Anything you do against yourself is an attack against the people you care about.” (Later on, he will admit to “sneaking a cigarette here and there.”)
His new wife pays the bills (except she’s divorcing him too): “You know, all my checks from Fox are being held for garnishment, because of my ex. I’m broke as can be. But my wife, she did well for herself, so she’s covered us. This place, she’s renting it. I’m suffering. There’s nothing worse than being a broke movie star.”
Assaulting his first wife: “She was talking to me real strong, and I lost my mind and slapped her in front of the kids. Her lawyer said it was a closed fist, but even slapping her was wrong.”
Assaulting another wife, Michelle Ghent: “She was trying to Mace me and you can’t see anything so all you can do is try to bat somebody away, and I think that something caught her. But I wasn’t trying to hit her.”
Real men, frequencies: “My daddy taught me, ‘Never take the vertebrae out of your back or the bass out of your throat. I ain’t raisin’ sheep. I raised men. Stay a man.’ But being a man comes with a curse because it’s not a society made for men to flourish anymore. Everything is androgynous, you know? The more successful men now are the effeminate.” Which is another attitude that has gotten him heat. Not that he cares. “The people that judge you don’t matter. They’re not real. Everything is just frequencies.”
Math: “This is the last century that our children will ever have been taught that one times one is one. They won’t have to grow up in ignorance. Twenty years from now, they’ll know that one times one equals two. We’re about to show a new truth. The true universal math. And the proof is in these pieces. I have created the pieces that make up the motion of the universe. We work on them about 17 hours a day. She cuts and puts on the crystals. I do the main work of soldering them together. They tell the truth from within.”
Do you mind if I just cut it off there? Because I really can’t finish. I can’t read any more. I go back and forth on whether we should even pay attention to Howard, because I think he’s so violent, dangerous and crazy, and at some point, it’s just sad. Sad for his victims, sad for his children, and yes, even sad for him. But you know what? I didn’t put him on Empire. I didn’t give him yet another chance at stardom. Hollywood did that, even with all of assault charged, even with all of the big power players in Hollywood telling other people “do not hire this man.” Ugh.
Photos courtesy of WENN.