Empire star Terrence Howard is “done” with acting.
The 50-year-old actor has claimed he is planning to turn his back on his profession and focus on “truth” when the sixth and final season of ‘Empire’ on which he plays music mogul Lucious Lyon comes to an end.
Asked his plans after ‘Empire’, he told ‘Extra’: “I’m done with acting. I’m done pretending.”
When he was then asked if he plans to focus on philanthropy, he replied: “No, not philanthropy; I’m just focusing on bringing truth to the world.”
But Terrence did admit he’ll miss his ‘Empire’ co-stars when filming ends. He said: “I love the cast members. I will miss them a great deal, and the crew.”
The ‘Hustle & Flow’ actor’s announcement comes a few months after it was claimed he is being investigated for criminal tax evasion.
The federal government are reportedly looking into possible financial crimes committed by Terrence and lover Mira Pak who he divorced in 2015 but got engaged to again in December 2018 and her company Universal Bridges Inc.
However, a spokesperson for the US State Attorney’s Office said: “Our office can neither confirm or deny the existence of an investigation.”
The actor who has five children from his three marriages was also hit with a tax lien of $143,538.61 earlier this year, reportedly stemming from taxes he owed from 2010.
He was also hit with tax liens from the federal government back in 2010 for $1.1 million and for more than $600,000, in 2016.
Meanwhile, Terrence has previously vowed never to return to the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) after playing James Rhodes in the first ‘Iron Man’ movie but subsequently replaced by Don Cheadle – who got to take on the War Machine mantle – following a fallout with Robert Downey Jr. who portrays Tony Stark and his metal-clad alter ego.
Appearing on ‘Watch What Happens Live”, a caller asked Howard if he would ever appear in a future Marvel film now he is civil with Robert again.
Prompting him to reply: “You know what’s so funny? Even though I love Don Cheadle so much and I love what he’s done, I still hear a lot of fans asking, ‘Am I going to come back and be War Machine? Am I going to come back and be War Machine?’
The feud began after Howard accused Downey of abandoning him when he tried to negotiate a better fee to appear in ‘Iron Man 2’ but they buried the hatchet in 2017.