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THE MOVIE: Fighting

Terrence Howard • Channing Tatum • Zulay Henao
DIRECTOR: Dito Montiel

Terrence Howard Terrence Howardís
new movie Fighting is a gritty tale of two men headed for failure, until they cross paths on a New York street and realize each has exactly what the other needs for success. Howard portrays Harvey Boarden, a scam artist who recognizes the natural street fighting talents of Shawn MacArthur (Channing Tatum) and begins to book him in bare-knuckle fights around Manhattan.

U.S. RELEASE: April 24 2009, Nationwide
• Rated: PG-13


How would you describe Harvey?:
Heís got a mean streak of morality running up his spine. Val Kilmer said as Doc Holliday in Tombstone, ĎMy hypocrisy only goes but so far,í Harveyís hypocrisy only went but so far. He could cheat somebody on the street, he didnít like fighting, and he couldnít take a personís life, but he didnít help people live, so heís at that strange place between good and bad where heís not good, so heís definitely bad, but doesnít want to accept that heís bad. He was not doing the right things, and that bothered him constantly, because he knew he was more decent than that.

What was working with Channing like?:
Terrence Howard and Channing TatumChanning reminded me of who I wish I was when I was 21. Heís in a great position and heís still very light, he doesnít carry any of his demons on his skin. It took me a long time to know to leave the demons inside of a refidgerator someplace, and thaw them out when you need them. Heís so free and he doesnít have this big bag of badness with him. I love that about him. I think heís going to be one of the most fantastic actors on the planet, by the end of 20 years playing the way heís playing now. Heís got no ego whatsoever.

Do you think there will be a sequel?:
That would be interesting. Iíd be interested in seeing what Harvey is like in the future. I havenít delivered Harvey home yet, so Iím still kind of responsible for him until he gets home.

What happened with Iron Man 2:
Marvel happened with it. They took it and made a very bad choice. They did the same thing from what Iíve been told with almost everyone, I think, except Robert Downey Jr.

Will you see Iron Man 2?:
Yeah, Iím definitely looking forward to it. I want Don Cheadle to be better than me, and I think he can be. Don Cheadle is the reason I got on Crash, he was one of the producers, so Don has been good to me, heís given me the greatest gift that I could ever imagine having, so anything I have Iíll share with him.

Terrence Howard and Channing Tatum

Written by Judy Sloane. Back to top

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