But when youre career is so hot and youre so much in demand, isnt it important to take advantage of that and get more films under your belt?
Well, thats why I keep working. Thats why I keep working. But you know, you can never read your reviews.
You never read your reviews?
You cant. You cant. You cant. You try not to. Its like having a Christmas present you dont want to open it. You keep taking peeks and everybodys telling you, Oh, youre gonna get something for Christmas! Look what you got! Thats what it feels like. Ive seen so many Christmas gifts, you know? Ive seen so many gifts underneath my little tree...
Are you ready for something a little lighter? Everything youve done recently is so dark.
I dont know. My character, as a human being, is trying to make its way to the light, but yeah, Ill find it. Ill find something to portray but maybe Ive got to spend a little more time in it to be able to tell it honestly. Youve gotta understand it before you can tell anyone else about it.
And you dont seem to shy away from working with rappers either, which is interesting because a lot of people seem to have taken the stance that theyre musicians and they shouldnt be acting.
Theyre artists. They are artists. Can you tell a guitar player not to change? Can you do that? Or not to direct his video? Or act in it, too? And this is just an extended video. We put a musical score to it; we just dont lip-synch along the way.
Do you prefer doing supporting characters or leading roles? Does it matter?
Its like a relationship. Sometimes you like to take the lead and sometimes you like to let the other one take the lead. You grow from both.
When youre considering a role, does that even play a part in your decision?
I look at someones dedication to accomplishing a vision. Hey, I think I found a treasure up here, up ahead. If you dont mind looking with me, well share it.
What do you have coming up?
See, I want to tell you about the things that I want to do. Things I want to do so badly. I want to do a lot but Ive got a film with Jim Sheridan called Get Rich or Die Tryin. And I just wanted to work with him and he gave me an opportunity to stretch beyond what I thought was my comfortable realm. He helped me expand as an actor, being more free as a performer. Thats come down. A film called My Life in Idlewild that I did with Bryan Barber and OutKast, André 3000 no less. Ive got those things coming, but the stuff that I want to do next year, Im like oh man, its some great, great stuff and Id love to talk to you about them.
I cant wait to see what youre gonna do next.
I like that. Thank you for that.
And it is The Year of Terrence Howard!
Have a great, great and wonderful day.