Howard said with a calm certainty during an interview that he is giving up the acting game at age 50.
In addition to “Empire,” Howard has starred in multiple blockbuster movies and critically-acclaimed sagas over his long and illustrious career. Among them are: The Best Man, The Best Man Holiday, Hustle & Flow, The Butler, The Crash, Ray, The Players Club, Idlewild, Big Mamma’s House, Dead Presidents, Iron Man and “The Jacksons: An American Dream,” and many more.
“I’m done with acting. I’m done pretending,” Howard said resolutely and emotionless.
Howard made the surprising declaration on the “Empire” set with “Extra” correspondent Miss USA Cheslie Kryst. She had asked the fiery and intense actor what projects he will pursue once “Empire” completes its upcoming sixth and final season.
When Howard was pressed by Kryst to give details and if he’d go off into philanthropy, Howard came off cryptically. “No, not philanthropy; I’m just focusing on bringing truth to the world.”
Howard did not elaborate on what he meant by delivering the “truth.” But he did mention that he will miss his “Empire” castmates very much, including embattled actor Jussie Smollett.
“I love the cast members,” Howard told Kryst. “I will miss them a great deal, and the crew.”
These pronouncements come on the heels of being investigated by the U.S. Department of Justice for possible criminal tax evasion.
The Blast obtained court documents that state the U.S. Attorney’s Office is probing into possible financial crimes involving Howard, his third wife Mira Pak and Universal Bridges Inc. which is owned by Pak.
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