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Terrence Howard enjoying banner year for films

Terrence Howard

Terrence Howard

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TORONTO — Terrence Howard agrees to disagree on several topics.

First of all: Is this one of the best years of his film career with a 1-2-3 punch of “The Butler,” “Prisoners” and now “The Best Man Holiday?”

“It’s a miracle year,” says the 44-year-old who was born in Chicago. In that trademark, low, gravelly voice, he sips tea in his suite at the Shangri La Hotel. “I honestly couldn’t ask for a more diverse group of movies that each make you feel, shed a few tears, laugh and sometimes scream.”

Now that this is settled, he disagrees with Oprah when it comes to a moment in “The Butler.” He plays the net-door neighbor who works on seducing Miss O. “Terrence came to the set and removed a cap from his tooth. He had this big gaping hole and then he wanted a kiss for one scene,” says Winfrey, shaking her head in a separate interview.

“It wasn’t a gaping hole,” he disagrees with a laugh. “And I think I still looked sexy.”

There’s a little more romance in “The Best Man Holiday?” where he reprises his role of Quentin from the 1999 original “The Best Man.”

“It’s great to get this opportunity to watch a character evolve,” says Howard. “The real cool thing is that the fans really wanted this movie because they connected with these friendships that are expressed in the film. Plus, they feel like they know these friends. This movie is on cable about 15 times a day.

“This is a story about how you really do depend on your friends to achieve and inspire you to do great things. It’s also about those friends who know you from the inside out. No matter how much time has gone by, you reconnect and it’s like you didn’t lose a day.

“With ‘Best Man Holiday,’ we learn that friendship can be life saving,” he says. “We lost touch with these friends from the first movie. We rekindle. Then you realize God put friends in your life for a reason, too.”

Next up for Howard is the 2014 Fox TV series “Wayward Pines” costarring Matt Dillon and Melissa Leo. He plays Sherriff Pope in a story about a Secret Service agent who goes to a small town in Idaho to find two missing federal agents.

“I think it’s all about keeping your convictions in this business. It’s not about having your name over the title or doing some big star turn. I want to tell good stories that move people,” he says.

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