'Empire' Season 2: Terrence Howard Welcomes Chris Rock With a Punch to the Stomach

by Jackie Willis 8:24 AM PDT, June 25, 2015
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Chris Rock got quite the welcome when he showed up on the Empire set to shoot scenes with the show's star Terrence Howard.

Empire creator Lee Daniels Instagrammed a video of the guys, and asked Rock how his first day of shooting went down. "My first day was incredible," the comedian said. "I worked with the great Terrence Howard and the great Lee Daniels."

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These kind words led to Howard admitting in the first person, "Terrence punched him in the stomach on accident."

1st day incredible #empireseason2 #chrisrock #terrencehoward #FOX #thankful πŸ™πŸΎ

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Not missing a chance to make a joke, Rock quipped, "I don't know if it was an accident. He does have a reputation."

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You may notice in the video that both Rock and Howard are wearing orange prison jumpsuits. In the season one finale of Empire, Howard's character, Lucious Lyon, is arrested for the murder of his friend Bunkie Williams (Antoine McKay). Rock looks to be playing one of Lucious' inmates.

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Daniels was good about Instagramming behind-the-scenes shots from season two,Β and even shared a quick chat he had with Rock while shooting the prison scenes.

#gettingready #gettingexcited #chrisrock #empire #empireseason2 #fox πŸ‘ŠπŸΏ

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will return to Fox on September 23.

Locked up with Lucious on #empireseason2 #terrencehoward #chrisrock #fox #freelucious πŸ‘ŠπŸΏ

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