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Poolside with Terrence Howard

7/4/2006 1:00 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Terrence Howard: Click to WatchThe Oscar-nominated actor has traded his "Hustle & Flow" Jerry Curl for swim trunks in his new film about a 1970s era coach of a swim team for troubled teens.

Taking on the role of Jim Ellis in "Pride" required Howard to whip himself into shape, losing nearly 30 pounds to get into character. "This is the first time I really had to train for a project..I had to learn how to swim, to be in a competitive state," says the actor of his training.

It wasn't all boot camp though, especially with co-star's Bernie Mac's presence keeping things light on the set.

"Every Friday he hosted a party at one of the local bars for the whole staff," Howard says of Mac, but the perks don't stop there, "and a masseuse come every Friday to take care of the crew and all of that and as a result people are applauding."

"Pride" dives into theaters this fall.

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omg    

Terrence Howard is a real cutie and talented too!!!!!!!!!

2946 days ago
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Wicked1    

HOT GUY and talented......love him and look forward to seeing him in more movies.

2946 days ago
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Lynette G/    

Terrence is HOT, he reminds me of a young Smokie Robinson, but with acting abilities. I know he will be the next highest paid actor in Hollywood. He's just getting started. God Bless you Terrence, from one who respects your art.
Lyn G.

2945 days ago
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nicky    

All I have to say to Terrence Howard is CONGRATULATIONS. Your success was long overdue. Love ya !!!!!


2927 days ago

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