From movies to TV to books, Terry Crews seems to do it all — and still remain a family man.
For Terry Crews, 2014 is a year of milestones. He co-stars on the hit cop comedy Brooklyn Nine-Nine, he is appearing in five films, his first book is out and he was recently announced as the next host of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire. The former NFL player and father of five is also celebrating 25 years of marriage. But the entertainer still enjoys pinch-me moments and stays grounded.
“We all have to continually remind ourselves of how far we’ve gone,” Crews says. “I do that all the time. I keep pictures around the house and keep little mementos that say, ‘Dude, you are here. You used to be here, and now you’re here.’ ”
In The Expendables 3, out this month, he reprises his role as mercenary Hale Caesar, who provides a light comic touch for the veteran action crew, which includes new arrivals Harrison Ford, Mel Gibson and Wesley Snipes. While Crews is wary of giving away spoilers, he does say, “With every movie you see us in together, you see a little bit more of how we get along, and I love that.”
The protégé-mentor bond between Hale Caesar and Barney Ross (Sylvester Stallone) mirrors the actors’ real-life relationship.
Crews gleans knowledge from Sly. “He told me, ‘Terry, everyone can act in a movie. But not everyone can sell a movie. You have to be as good at both things.’ A lot of actors leave promoting to somebody else, but Sly says you have to embrace it. Why would you build a business and never advertise? That makes no sense. It was a breakthrough for me.”
Beyond The Expendables 3, Crews’ recent movies showcase varied roles: an athletic trainer smitten with a single mother (The Single Moms Club), the “South African Don Ho” at a resort (Blended) and a former pro football player whose son faces a crisis with his own first-round draft (Draft Day). In September’s Reach Me, he portrays a self-help author’s agent.
The actor’s recently released book, Manhood: How to Be a Better Man — Or Just Live with One, offers his personal wisdom as it chronicles “all the times that I had to hit rock bottom in order to change. I made all the mistakes that you have to make, and once you hit hard, you’ve got to change.”
In referencing his success, Crews praises his un-expendable wife, Rebecca, and their partnership. “We’re a team,” he says. “When you see Terry Crews, you see two people because she holds it down.”