Terrence muthafuckin’ Howard.

It’s 8:30 a.m. on a Friday in mid-November and I’m on my way to join Denzel Curry at a video shoot for his next single, “Black Balloons,” featuring Twelve’Len and GoldLink. I hurry to board the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter van Curry and his team occupy, eager to talk to him about the evolution of his career, but all he wants to talk about is Terrence Howard.

“I’m Terrence muthafuckin’ Howard—don’t you see my movies?” he asks half-jokingly as I get settled in the van. We’re on our way to Newburgh, about two hours north of New York City, for the shoot, and we have to kill time while waiting for GoldLink to come downstairs from his hotel room.

Curry takes the opportunity to break down scenes in which Terrence Howard has shed tears as an actor. And let me tell you—there are a lot.

“I cry in every single one,” Curry says, still pretending to be Howard. “Shit, The Best Man, I cried because I was about to get beat up by Morris Chestnut. Shit, Best Man 2, I cried because his wife died. Shit, Big Momma’s House, I cried when I got kicked out a window. Shit, Four Brothers, I cried when I got shot by my partner. Shit, Idlewild, I cried when I was being bullied by Faizon Love. Hustle & Flow, those were real-nigga tears. The church scene, and then, ‘I’m tryna squeeze a dollar out of a dime—and I ain’t got a cent, mayne!’ I was ’bout to cry. All my movies, I cry in. Shit, I cried in Iron Man when I found Tony Stark in the desert ’bout to die.”

Curry admits that he might be more sensitive than the characters Howard usually plays. “I’mma tell you, my daddy was the one who pointed that shit out,” he says. “He was like, ‘You cry too much. You cry more than Terrence Howard in the movies.’ I was like... ‘Terrence muthafuckin’ Howard.’”

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