Terrence Howard’s Most Outrageous ‘Rolling Stone’ Quotes

"Empire" star sounds off on math, Lucious Lyon, his childhood and more.

September 15, 2015, 3:36 PM
PHOTO: Actor Terrence Howard attends the "Empire" curated collection unveiling at Saks Fifth Avenue, Sept. 12, 2015, in New York.
Actor Terrence Howard attends the "Empire" curated collection unveiling at Saks Fifth Avenue, Sept. 12, 2015, in New York.
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— -- Not everything adds up in Terrence Howard's recent interview with Rolling Stone.

Just ask the "Empire" star to multiply one times one.

"This is the last century that our children will ever have been taught that one times one is one," Howard, 46, told the magazine in an interview. "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."

Howard has a name for his unconventional math theories: "Terryology." He actually left Brooklyn's Pratt Institute, where he studied chemical engineering before becoming an actor, after arguing with a professor about what one times one equals.

Another interesting tidbit from the Rolling Stone interview: Howard and his wife Mira Pak spend hours each day cutting out and assembling plastic shapes, which he said provides proof for his theories.

"I have created the pieces that make up the motion of the universe," Howard explained. "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."

Howard posted a video of one of his pieces on Twitter today.

Crazy is as Crazy does... Do the math! pic.twitter.com/JPxBEjvvfU

— Terrence D Howard (@terrencehoward) September 15, 2015

"Crazy is as Crazy does," he wrote. "Do the math!"

Howard's theories on math weren't the only things that didn't add up from the Rolling Stone interview. Check out these other outrageous quotes:

On Being a Man

"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,'" Howard recalled. "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."

On Seeing His Father Kill a Man

Howard's father Tyrone served 11 months in prison after he stabbed a man to death in 1971 while arguing over who was next in line to see a department-store Santa. "I was standing next to my father, watching," Howard recalled. "Then stuff happened so quickly -- blood was on the coats, on our jackets -- and then my dad's on a table and then my dad is gone to prison."

On Being Tormented for His Skin Color

Howard said the kids would smack him to see how long it took for him to turn red until his uncle taught him to box at the age of 13. After that, he said, "I was the pretty boy, so people didn't think I could defend myself, but it didn't end up being a good day for them."

On Curing His Bell's Palsy

Howard said he gave himself electrical shocks using his Dad's electric razor after he was diagnosed with Bell's Palsy in high school. Bell's Palsy is a disease that paralyzes or weakens the muscles on one side of the face. "I did that every day for five months and then I felt the slightest little twitch inside," he said, claiming he made a full recovery.

On Playing Lucious Lyon

The magazine claims Wesley Snipes was creator Lee Daniels' first choice to play the family patriarch on "Empire," but Taraji P. Henson, who plays Howard's onscreen wife Cookie, insisted on Howard for the lead. "Everything I do with Lucious is still me," Howard said. "I just change the vibration. Because Lucious has a very base understanding of life -- kill or be killed -- I keep him down at a very low frequency."

On Retiring from Acting

"I'm just trying to pay my bills," he said. "I'm looking forward to this show running its course. If I make a decent amount of money from it, I'll retire. "The problem with this business, you lose yourself."

On Following His Own Path

"I spent all my time as a kid trying to fit in," Howard said. "My uncle said to me, 'Why are you so busy trying to fit in when you were born to stand out?' I was 14. He said, 'You're a young prince, and someday ye shall grow up to be a king.' Many years ago, Oprah said to me, 'Your crown is waiting right there. Pick it up and put it on.' I remember being in the womb, found comfort there, and have been aware since that moment. As a result of the travesties I've gone through, I have become awakened. I mean, after spending time with me, you can see a good part of my nature. I'm on my own path, and I like the pebbles of my cobblestones."

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