“When it comes to my career, if I had to choose between being the tortoise of the hare, I’d prefer to be the tortoise” said Anthony Mackie who is sitting at a round table of which I am a part. He is absolutely correct. For more than a decade, Mackie has played opposite of some of the most celebrated actors in Hollywood. As a role player, or supporting actor, Mackie He has worked with directors who are also Film legends, but his turn in Captain America: The Winter Soldier may become one of his biggest roles ever. On this day, the countdown to the release of Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Mackie makes jokes, laughs constantly and basks in the moment as the glistening waters of Miami’s Biscayne Bay shines sparkles behind him. He’s having the time of his life and is reveling in the moment as he gleefully shares his thoughts about his starring role as the Falcon in the Marvel Studios sequel Captain America: The Winter Soldier.
“Being a superhero is really cool” he says with a mega-watt smile. “In my case, I get to fly.” In Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Mackie’s Falcon character does more than fly. He’s literally the captain’s wingman who fights, on the ground and in the air with precision and grace. “I’ve got these wings that come equipped with a jet pack and we were able to pull it off in such a way that I think the fans will be in awe of the Falcon’s presence in the film.” Agreed!!!
The talented, versatile and consistently reliable actor admitted that the road to becoming the Falcon was not an easy one. “For more than six years, I called Marvel every few months to let them know that I was ready to play in one of their movies, Mackie said with a big smile. “it got to the point where they told me not to contact them anymore; they would contact me if they needed to.” As it turns out, they did contact him and his performance was as good as it gets. It is The Falcon who Captain America must turn to for help when he is about to face a foe unlike any he has seen yet. Watching The Falcon in action is a feast for the eyes. He takes flight in battle sequences that were dazzling, thrilling and nerve-racking.
“Marvel knows how to make great movies” he adds. The have good taste and spend money in the right places, so this film should be a success.” He admitted that the flying took some getting used to, with all the harnesses, ropes and contraptions necessary to get the sequences done. Mackie added that those incredible action sequences were heightened by the fact that the character has a human element that he believes audiences will become attracted to. “I want to make sure that I deliver a performance that honors our men and women who wear the uniform and fight to protect our freedoms each day. It means a lot to me when they tell me that my role made them proud.” Mackie said one of the highlights of his career came when a fighter pilot was so moved by his knowledge and interaction with Mackie that the pilot gave the actor his flight uniform.
Mackie moves through scenes with ease and confidence, but the Now Orleans-born actor is a highly trained, well-schooled thespian who many may remember in 8-mile in 2002 as Papa Doc – the rapper who faced off with Eminem. From feature films, television series, and Broadway and Off-Broadway plays, Mackie has won or been nominated for an array or award for work done on both stage and screen presesne.
The film is set to release domestically on April 4th, 2014