Terrence Howard ‘defends Tom Cruise’

Terrence Howard backs Tom Cruise’s alleged assertion filming movies is like fighting war.

The 44-year-old actor was asked how he felt about the Hollywood star’s analogy while greeting fans in New York City on Tuesday, and admitted his biggest enemy on set is himself.

“Yeah [I agree],” Terrence told TMZ. “Because a war is – you’re basically fighting yourself, you know – you’re fighting your own fears.”

Terrence admits he’s still being presented with new challenges almost two decades into his career.

His toughest role to date, he said, was playing Nelson Mandela in this year’s biopic Winnie, a story about the life of the South African leader’s wife during his incarceration.

However, Terrence wasn’t in the mood to get too serious about the matter.

“Just going over to South Africa and trying not to get eaten by a hippopotamus,” he chuckled was the most difficult part of filming.

Terrence’s comments come days after Tom appears to compare acting to military service in a deposition video reportedly acquired by TMZ.

“That’s what it feels like, and certainly on this last movie, it was brutal. It was brutal,” he was quoted saying.

The comments were reportedly made during a sit-down with the lawyers of Bauer Publishing. The 51-year-old actor is suing the company over stories run by Life & Style and In Touch magazines claiming he “abandoned” his seven-year-old daughter Suri after his 2012 divorce from Katie Holmes.

The actor’s lawyer Bert Fields, refutes the claims which he calls “misleading”.

“Tom Cruise has resisted suing the tabloids for years but has always drawn the line when it comes to lies about his family – which is solely what the current legal case is about. Headlines stating he equated his job with those in the military are demonstrably false,” Bert told USA Today.

“They are a distortion of what is provable and on the record. Certain websites have published only a part of the proceedings misleadingly selected by the defendant Bauer Publishing.”

The case continues.

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