Terrence Howard: From Pimp To Iron Man’s Best Friend?

'Action is a whole 'nother animal,' he says of potential role in comic book movie.

Terrence Howard has played everything from a wealthy man harassed by police to a cop to a pimp to a high school basketball player named Spaceman to 50 Cent’s off-kilter confidante Bama.

It’s hard to find a role Howard hasn’t tackled, but the folks at Marvel just might have one: Iron Man’s best friend. Internet rumors broke a couple of weeks ago that Howard was in talks to appear in the comic’s big-screen adaptation as Jim Rhodes, the best friend of Iron Man’s alter ego, Tony Stark.

In the comics, Rhodes eventually took on the duties of protecting the world as Iron Man during a short Stark hiatus, and he later became his own superhero, War Machine.

The office of Kevin Feige, Marvel Studios’ president of production, confirms that there have been meetings with Terrence Howard and that he’s in the running for the role. Over the weekend in Los Angeles, while promoting the Outkast musical “Idlewild,” the Academy Award nominee tiptoed around the rumors.

“Mayyy-bee,” he said about taking the role. “It’s something I’m trying to fully consider. Action is a whole ‘nother animal. The CGI and special effects, that’s a whole ‘nother thing. Playing to green screen or blue screen, I’ve never done that. I want to accomplish it and do it well. I don’t want to do anything and not do it well.”

And while he was filming “Idlewild,” Howard said he knew he was doing well if his character shined onscreen.

“My job is to steal your scene away from you,” he said. “Your job is to keep it. If you don’t do your job, somebody will walk away with your trophy. [Outkast's Big Boi] prizes his trophy, and he went to war. From that point on, it was so monstrous on the set.”

Despite the friendly competition, Howard says he and Big were very cool on set. During breaks, the actor would ask Big Boi for advice about breaking into the music business.

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“I play guitar in most of my stuff, piano in most of my stuff, a little flute,” Howard said of creating his own records. “It’s something that has to be heard.”

Howard described his genre of music as soft rock with some R&B touches.

“But not the full blues,” he clarified. “The rhythm associated with the ‘R,’ but not the full blues part. It’s truly my music. I won’t bring it out until I bring out a film I’m writing that the music is an integral part of it.”

“Idlewild” hits theaters August 25. “Iron Man” has a scheduled 2008 release.

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