What would you do if your daughter and her friend went missing and you didn’t have faith in law enforcement to get the job done?
Well, that’s the dilemma Keller Dover is facing in the new movie Prisoners. Keller, played by Hugh Jackman, takes matters into his own hands as the police pursue multiple leads and the pressure mounts to find his daughter. In his effort to seek justice, Keller pulls his neighbor and friend Franklin Birch (Terrence Howard) into his hijinks and mayhem.
We caught up with Terrence Howard at the Toronto International Film Festival, who jokingly referred to his character as the “woman” of the relationship, since his movie wife, played by Viola Davis, is much more willing to do whatever it takes to ensure the safe return of their child.
Check out our exclusive with Terrence below.
So Terrence, what do you mean when you say you’re the woman of your relationship with Viola Davis in the film?
“I jokingly refer to my role as the woman in the marriage with an emotionally stronger spouse. The character’s arc comes from personal influences in the sense that I grew up in a household with my grandmother, my mom, my great grandmother, and my great, great grandmother.
Love was such a huge impetus and a theme throughout the house. I remember the words of advice from my great, great grandmother who we had until I was 13 years old. Anytime something was going on she would tell me, ‘Just be still Terry, just be still and wait on God, everything will work itself out.’
“So I’ve always seen the woman as the person that really carries the spirit of God throughout the household. The father normally carries the hand of God, but the woman carries the love of God. For this character, I had to refer back to those tender ages of her cradling me through a lot of terrible situations in my life and reminding me to just be still. Half of the time, I was looking at Hugh directly in his eyes trying to transfer into his mind just to be still. That’s why I refer to it as the sensibilities of a woman, because when Adam was in the Garden of Eden, he had God, but he didn’t know great love until the woman showed up.”
With all the drama that’s been surrounding Terrence lately, it’s good to know he truly sees God in women. Prisoners opens everywhere this weekend and it’s definitely worth your 15 bucks.
PHOTO CREDIT: Warner Bros Pictures