Terrence Howard is not one to hold his tongue, but the actor outdid himself on Thursday night when he appeared on Bravo's Watch What Happens Live. Joined by his Best Man Holiday co-star Nia Long, Howard dished on everything from his unceremonious firing from the Iron Man franchise to his missed connection with Beyoncè before she became Mrs. Carter.
There have been rumors circulating for years about why Howard was replaced with Don Cheadle in the Iron Man films, with some saying his attitude was to blame while others suggest the actor was demanding an equal salary to his co-star Robert Downey, Jr. Howard finally put the speculation to rest when he revealed the reason he was let go from the mega-blockbuster was because he was "pushed out" by "the person that I helped become Iron Man." Not naming any names but leaving no doubt about the identity, Howard went on to say about the sequel, "this person took for himself the money that was meant to come to me."
He concludes by revealing a thinly-veiled threat from the studio. "They said, 'We realized we can make the sequel with or without you.'"
But the juice didn't stop there. Howard was later shown a clip from the 2005 BET Awards, when he got a very special lap dance from Beyoncè as part of her performance. When asked how she rated as a dirty dancer, Howard said, "it's a 9 for the lap dance, but the intent...she wanted to show me what I missed out on...that was 100."
Perhaps noticing the audience's visible double take, Howard confirmed that he and Bey almost got together back in her Destiny's Child days, but he blew it by hollering at her friend. "We talked for a minute. There was chemistry," he says. "But it was over when I started talking to her friend!"
When asked if the chemistry was still there when the almost-couple reunited on the stage at the BET Awards years later, he said, "No! Jay Z would kill me."
And while Quentin and Jordan never hooked up in The Best Man, that didn't stop Howard from trying to get with his co-star Nia Long in real life. The actor revealed he tried to sleep with Long when they were making the first film, but got shut down — fast. "N****, you're not gonna take me home so you can f***," Long told him unequivocably at the time.
We gotta love Howard's candidness and admit he has a talent for turning almost any interview into a gasp-fest. You can see Howard reprise his role as drifter lothario Quentin in The Best Man Holiday, out this Friday.
Check out the video below of Howard dishing about Queen Bey!
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