We sat down with Terrence Howard to talk about acting, Isotopes? and wanting to be Will Smith in this interview for his new movie Dead Man Down.
Acclaimed Danish filmmaker Niels Arden Oplev, director of the original The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, makes his American film debut with Dead Man Down, a provocative action thriller starring Colin Farrell (Total Recall, Seven Psychopaths) and Noomi Rapace (Prometheus, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo). Set in the violent and unforgiving criminal underworld of New York City, Dead Man Down is a startling and vivid tale of two strangers bound together by a consuming mutual obsession: revenge.
Victor (Farrell), a rising gangland player, has infiltrated the crime empire run by ruthless kingpin Alphonse (Academy Award®-nominee Terrence Howard), with the single purpose of making Alphonse pay for destroying his once happy life. As he meticulously orchestrates his vengeance from his high-rise home, Victor watches and is watched by Beatrice (Rapace), a mysterious young woman who lives in the apartment across from his.
On the surface a fragile woman-child, Beatrice seethes with a rage of her own. When she uncovers Victor’s dark secrets, she threatens to expose him unless he helps her carry out her own campaign of retribution. Each fixated on avenging the past, they devise a violent and cathartic plan that could change their worlds forever.
TERRENCE HOWARD (Alphonse) is a multi-talented actor best known for his Golden Globe and Academy Award nominated work in Craig Brewer’s Hustle & Flow. For his supporting role in Paul Haggis’ Crash, Howard received the National Board of Review Award for Best Breakthrough Performance.
Known as one of the most prolific actors of his generation, Howard has a number of films in the pipeline. He plays significant roles in the forthcoming features The Butler, co- starring Oprah Winfrey, Forrest Whitaker, Liam Neeson and Nicole Kidman; House of Bodies, with Queen Latifah and Peter Fonda; Lullaby, opposite Garrett Hedlund and Jennifer Hudson; and Fellini Black and White, starring Abbie Cornish and Peter Dinklage. Howard recently wrapped Ten, in which he stars alongside Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sam Worthington. He is currently in production on Denis Villeneuve’s crime drama Prisoners, alongside Hugh Jackman and Jake Gyllenhaal.
The actor has played diverse roles in recent films such as George Lucas’ Red Tails, opposite Cuba Gooding Jr. and Bryan Cranston; Walter Salles’ On the Road, starring Garrett Hedlund and Viggo Mortensen; Darrell Roodt’s Winnie, playing Nelson Mandela opposite Jennifer Hudson; and Robert Redford’s The Company You Keep, alongside Redford, Shia LaBeouf and Susan Sarandon.
In 1999 Howard was honored with the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor, an Independent Spirit Award nomination and a Chicago Film Critics Association Award nomination for his performance as Quentin in the feature film The Best Man.
Other film credits include Ray, Pride, The Brave One, August Rush and Iron Man.
Born in Chicago, Howard began his acting career with the role of Jackie Jackson in the ABC miniseries “The Jacksons: An American Dream,” which was quickly followed by several notable television appearances on shows such as “Living Single” and “NYPD Blue.”
Howard made his film debut in Who’s the Man? (1992), following up with the role of Cowboy in the Hughes brothers’ period saga Dead Presidents. In 1995 Howard turned heads in his role as a high-school athlete in Mr. Holland’s Opus. Soon thereafter he was offered a lead role in the UPN series “Sparks.”
Howard is also a highly regarded performer on the Broadway stage. In 2008 he realized his childhood dream of starring in a Broadway show when he joined the legendary James Earl Jones in Debbie Allen’s Broadway revival of Tennessee Williams’ “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.”
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