Terrence Howard Accused The Writers On “Empire” Of Bad Writing And Not Understanding His/Their Character
Terrence Howard is about to get his best friend and closest confidant, Lucious Lyon, killed if he keeps on the way he has been. Page Six talked to Terrence at the season 5 premiere of Empire and he used the opportunity to criticize the writers of the show about their lack of insight and knowledge of exactly who Lucious Lyon, his character on the show, is. Terrance says Lucious isn’t the bad guy he’s written to be, he’s actually a good guy, if only those ignoramuses who wrote the character could understand.
Terry told Page Six that bad writing is to blame for Lucious being the main villain on Empire. He adds that HIS Lucious would never have let his wife Cookie go to jail for 17 years for a crime they both committed. Which is, if I may, the entire basic premise of the show, but what do I know. I’ve never pimp walked a mile in Lucious’ shoes. But Terry has. He explained:
“I have done nothing dirty to Cookie, but you have to understand that it is from the writers’ perspective. That is just some bad writing.
Noting “that was not from the Lucious that I play,” Howard said that “the Lucious that I play would have never left her in jail. The Lucious that I know did not leave her in jail for 17 years, because that is impossible for me to leave my friend and the love of my life in jail.”
Baby Wipes seems to be having some sort of existential crisis where he can’t tell fiction from reality. Now he’s got me questioning everything. I thought I knew how play acting worked but according to Terrence, I’ve got it all wrong. I stupidly thought that actors were “people” who played “characters”, not the other way around! Mind. Blown. Terrence doubled down on his Schrodinger’s Lucious theory.
Of the writing team, he said, “Whatever they are perceiving is not the reality. The real reality is that Lucious would never leave her behind — ever. The Lucious that I know would never do that to Cookie.”
For Terrence’s sake, I hope that the Lucious he knows is some sort of supernatural immortal being who can survive after the writers decide to have him take a header down an elevator shaft.