Television and movie star Terrence Howard said that he is thinking about relocating to Minnesota. Howard, who has been nominated for an Academy Award and a Golden Globe and has won two NAACP Image Awards and two BET Awards, was in the state to accept another award: the inaugural Indie Vision Legacy Award presented by the Twin Cities Film Festival.
Appearing on The Sheletta Show on WCCO Radio, Howard told Sheletta Brundidge that he enjoyed his visit to the area so much that he is contemplating a move with his family. “Minnesota might become my home. We love it here,” Howard said. “I’m serious. This is a short goodbye; we are going to find a home here. We will be all right here.”
Howard arrived in Minnesota just as the weather changed and the temperatures dropped in a fall cold snap. Born in Chicago and raised in Cleveland, Ohio, Howard proclaimed a love for the change of seasons and the mild temperatures of the Midwest.
“I’ve been waiting to be out in this. In L.A. it’s too hot, it’s often over 100 degrees,” Howard said. “I like putting on layers; a brother can put on nice clothes, a jacket, a sweater, chapeau, and be killing it. You can’t do that in L.A.”
On Friday night, Oct. Oct. 27, Howard walked the red carpet as his most recent film, “Showdown at the Grand,” premiered at the Twin Cities Film Festival. The story is about Howard’s character, a movie theater owner, who goes to great and surprising lengths to try to keep his business from a corporate takeover.
In his 30 years in show business, Howard has played a doctor, a sheriff, a detective, a prosecutor and a pimp. He’s been cast as real people, including Jackie Jackson from the Jackson Five, Nelson Mandela, OJ Simpson’s friend A. C. Cowlings, Ralph Abernathy, and Cassius Clay, before he became Muhammed Ali.
In an upcoming movie about Shirley Chisholm, Howard will play her husband Conrad Chisholm.
But Howard said that his leading role in “Showdown at the Grand” is among his most unusual and also one of his favorites.“My character, George, is autistic and lives in his own world. It’s one of those nuanced movies,” he said.
“A lot of characters they want me for, there’s not a lot of diversity in them. They want Terrence Howard to do an impression of myself. That’s why I loved this guy.”