50 Cent (Curtis James Jackson III) spoke out on the marketing of the new show Empire and says he likes the stars, Taraji P. Henson and Terrence Howard. But the rapper and executive producer of Power has also stated what he doesn’t like:
“Power Season 2 is unbelievably good trust me. I have the best writers and show runner. I like Terrence Howard and Taraji Henson. I don’t like that they would copy the marketing.”
Never known to be quiet,50 cent then posted a pic of the male lead on the 2015 upcoming show Empire, Terrence Howard, on the left and the male star of Power, Omari Hardwick, on the right, asking female Instagram followers which star they prefer. (The post has since been deleted.)
What 50 Cent may not know is that there are many who would prefer Terrence Howard because he knows his craft–acting. He has had problems, issues, challenges and bad publicity, but Hollywood continues knocking at his door. Why? Because the man can act. No, he doesn’t get the biggest roles and that may have to do with Howard’s martial problems and let’s call it “uninhibited speech patterns,” but he works consistently because of his skills. He’s also an Oscar-nominated actor who has appeared on the big screen in Crash, Hustle & Flow, Red Tails, Iron Man and numerous other films. There have been no complaints about his acting.
Now, who is Omari Hardwick? Well, he’s about five years younger than Howard, and his acting resume has no where near the depth or breadth of Howard’s nor are the characters he has depicted nearly as memorable. Some of his work: The A-Team, For Colored Girls, Sparkle and Power, which will soon begin its 2nd season. In Power, Hardwick plays James “Ghost” St. Patrick, a drug lord who also owns a NYC nightclub. He wants to straighten out his life and go “legit.”
In Empire, Howard portrays “Lucious” Lyon, head of a hip hop family empire who realizes he has less than three years to live. Although Lucious is a former drug dealer, he has made his way in the music business and wants to leave a legacy with one of his three sons at the helm. Henson plays Lucious former wife, Cookie Lyon, who took the fall in a drug deal gone bad, was imprisioned for 17 years and has returned to reclaim her share of the empire. After Cookie returns, not only must the sons battle against each other to become head of the Empire, but there is tension between Cookie and Lucious. Cookie says he abandoned her while she was in prison and never looked back, but she’s back on the scene and plans to make up for lost time and get to know “her babies,” who are now three grown men.
Empire is written by Lee Daniels of The Butler fame and Danny Strong. Timbaland is the executive music producer, and the cast is brilliant with Howard and Henson, who previously worked together in Hustle & Flow. It will debut on FOX Jan. 7.
Maybe 50 Cent should let the audience decide which show rules based on the ratings–not pitting one man’s looks against another’s. If the contest is based upon acting, the combination of Howard and Henson is the winning one.