10 Reasons No One Could Play Lucious Lyon Better Than Terrence Howard

EMPIRE: Terrence Howard as powerful music mogul Lucious Lyon in the premiere episode of EMPIRE airing Wednesday, Jan. 7 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. ©2014 Fox Broadcasting Co. CR: Chuck Hodes/FOX

10 Reasons No One Could Play Lucious Lyon Better Than Terrence Howard

No other character can simultaneously make us love and hate them at the same time as much as Lucious Lyon.

PUBLISHED ON : JANUARY 31, 2017 / 09:50 AM

  1. RAGE

    The anger in his eyes during Empire makes you feel like you’re the one that he’s yelling at. 

  2. derisive

    His natural sarcasm is something that organically transpires on screen. 

  3. Heartless

    That evil laugh that says, “You don’t even know the half of what’s coming,” is something that not many people can do as well as Terrence. 

  4. Chemistry

    His already established friendship with Taraji P. Henson benefited the show because they were able to display their natural chemistry on-screen. 

  5. Artist

    It’s a little known fact, but his previous music career led him to be the perfect type for this role. 


    Terrence Howard turns the character of Lucious Lyon into someone you want to believe, despite the undeniable fact that you shouldn’t.

  7. *Shrug*

    No one can tell you that they’re “unbothered” through body language like Terrence Howard can.


    His facial expressions make you feel like something serious is about to happen. It puts the fear in your heart.



    We all know “Lucious,” who’s name, by the way, stems from “Lucifer,” is the antagonist of the show. However, despite all the evidence of his evilness, we can’t help but think he might have a good heart. Now that’s flexible acting! 


     Last but not least, you won't forget his name, face or his character. Why? He simply won’t allow it. 

Written by BET Staff

(Photo: Chuck Hodes/Fox)


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