Terrence Howard thinks there’s a fundamental mistake going on in mathematics.
The ‘Empire’ and 'Iron Man’ actor reckons that one multiplied by one is not one, as is generally accepted, but two, and he’s trying to prove it with his own system called 'Terryology’.
During a genuinely bizarre interview with Rolling Stone magazine, he also revealed how using his new maths theory, he can spend up to 17 hours a day making complex three dimensional shapes with his now ex-wife Mira Pak, using plastics, metals and other materials.
Journalist Erik Hedegaard met and interviewed Howard for the piece at his apartment in Chicago, and saw his geometric works for himself.
“They bear a similarity to building blocks but the shapes are infinitely more complex, in two dimensions and three, tied together by copper wire or held in place by magnets,” writes Hedegaard.
“There are hemispheres, cubes, tetrahedrons and flighty wings. Some of the objects are as small as mice, others as big as fire hydrants; some are hanging, some free-standing, a few larger ones lit from the inside with LED twinkle stars.
“They are gorgeous and otherworldly. He has no name for them. They just are.”
According to the article, Howard has been using 'Terryology’ to prove other mathematical theories, and has even patented it, planning to leave it as an inheritance to his infant son, Qirin.
Howard says: “This is the last century that our children will ever have been taught that one times one is one.
“They won’t have to grow up in ignorance. Twenty years from now, they’ll know that one times one equals two. We’re about to show a new truth. The true universal math. And the proof is in these pieces. I have created the pieces that make up the motion of the universe.
“We work on them about 17 hours a day. [Ex-wife Mira Pak] cuts and puts on the crystals. I do the main work of soldering them together. They tell the truth from within.”
“Since I was a child of three or four, I was always wondering, you know, why does a bubble take the shape of a ball?” he added.
“Why not a triangle or a square? I figured it out. If Pythagoras was here to see it, he would lose his mind. Einstein, too! Tesla!”
The article, which spans 5000 words, paints a fascinating picture of this eccentric star.
It tells of how, as a young child, he witnessed his father stabbing to death another man while waiting in a queue to see a department store Santa Claus in his hometown of Cleveland.
It also explores his troubling history of abuse against women – he’s been arrested on many occasions for assaulting ex-wives and girlfriends – and how he fell out of favour with Hollywood.
When he signed up for the first 'Iron Man’, he was paid $3.5 million, more than the movie’s star, Robert Downey Jr.
But following the abuse claims and talk of him being difficult to work with, his pay soon dropped to $40,000 per movie.
“When all that stuff went down about me, you’re not in any bargaining position,” he said. “You’re shunned. You’re persona non grata.”
Now, thanks to his divorce from previous wife Michelle Ghent, he says that he is 'broke’, despite starring as a hip-hop mogul in 'Empire’, one of the biggest hits on US TV in recent years.
“You know, all my checks from Fox are being held for garnishment, because of my ex. I’m broke as can be,” he admits.
“But my wife, she did well for herself, so she’s covered us. This place, she’s renting it. I’m suffering. There’s nothing worse than being a broke movie star.”
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