***Disclosure: I attended The #CaptainAmericaEvent . My flight, lodgings, and expenses were covered by Disney and myself. Pictures provided by Disney. All opinions are 100% mine. ***
Some people you meet are just fun memories. Anthony Mackie is a guy who you could meet anywhere and just strike up a conversation and he will have you holding your stomach from laughing so hard. Hes a great guy. Everyone loves him AND he’s an EXCELLENT actor. Every role he has he attacks it and becomes that character. This guy is going nowhere, but up. I see many awards in his future. Check out the interview below:
Q: Thank you for being here. Obvious question but how is it playing a superhero?
AM: It’s hard to explain. Like you’d try to find those moments where you can stop and go, you know, have the frozen in the air pose, yay, jump. This was one of those moments.
When I first started acting I was like, there are two things I want to do. I want to be a superhero. And I want to do a Western, preferably with Clint Eastwood. Then Morgan Freeman took my role in UNFORGIVEN. And, uh, [LAUGHS] bastard! When I got this call, I kinda put things in perspective. I feel like a lot of people are famous for different reasons. Some people are famous because they’re handsome. Some people are famous because they’re British. I’m very happy that I’m famous because I can act. I feel like this is a job I got because I deserved it. So it was like one of those posed — you know.
Q: When you found out you got the role, that you worked with somebody like Hugh Jackman, who’s been at Marvel. Did you like call up and say , give me any pointers?
AM: No. I did not want to mess up my experience. I completely wanted to come into this naïve, ignorant and like my virginal eyes not knowing anything. It’s funny ’cause Sam has done like 15 Marvel movies. Chris and Scarlett have done like 6 each. Sebastian has done 3.
So I was like, you know, don’t kill my vibe. Like I’m having a, a good time, we’re doing a Marvel movie, we get the best craft services and we’re in California. YWe basically shut down the city of Cleveland. So everywhere we went, people were like, [WHISPERING]. You know, so it’s like, wow, I know how Denzel feels, you know. So I was soakin’ it up. Chris and I have a very good relationship. And literally got to the point where we would show up on set and we were like seven-year-olds. I mean, we had that first day where it’s like, deal with 35-year-old men in costume.
We’re losers. [LAUGHS] And then the next day, you know, we started making fun of each other. Done it next week, done the next month. And then it just turned into this thing, where it became infectious. You know, it’s fun when you go to work knowing you’re gonna make a quality product. Because as actors there’s so many people with daddy issues that mess up movies. It’s like, oh, I’m gonna edit it this way or, I didn’t have a girlfriend in high school so I’m gonna do this. It’s like, Dude, just make a movie! I feel like this, workin’ with Marvel is one of those studios where you go to work and you know everybody leaves their stuff at the door. And they just want to make a good project. So once we got over our suits, we had a good time.
Q: How was The Falcon costume.
AM: It was no fun. The hardest working actors in Hollywood are flying superheroes. I said it, I don’t care what Thor says with his hammer. If you fly, it sucks. It’s just the simple stuff.
I loved my costume, I loved everything about it. I love doing stunts. I have the best stuntman in the business. We’ve done like five movies together. And literally it’s like that Daffy Duck, Bugs Bunny cartoon, where like the missile is coming and Daffy’s — Bugs Bunny’s like paused and puts Daffy in. He just takes the brunt of every hit for me. I love it. AMy first day on set, — like there’s nothing natural about flying, to humans. Like, there’s nothing we do that’s like flying. You know, so my first day on set I walk in, I’m like, “What’s up, yo. Falcon in the building, what’s up?” Right.
So I get up on like a 60 foot platform. And I’m like, all right, let’s do this. You know, brother in the building. And they said, “All right, stand on the edge of the platform, there’s a jet coming at you. We want you to stand up, turn around, shoot your guns and jump back backwards head first, into this mat.” From 60 feet in the air. And I’m like, Ohhhhhhh! Whoa! The first day is usually like walking down a hallway, or like eating or something. You know, just to break you in. Not jumping off the platform to your death.
So you know, once we did that, in a the heat of the day, uh, I kinda knew what I was in for. It just got worse from there. It was really painful and exhausting. Aaron Toney, my stuntman, literally, I mean, he fell out of a car at 40 miles an hour. He, he got messed up on this movie. So kudos to him. [LAUGHS]
Q: What did you do to train and prepare for this film?
AM: Salmon, chickens, tunafish, asparagus. And a cup of brown rice at noon. Every day for three months.
When we play high school football we used to do these things called 2 a days. And basically six a.m. you wake up and you, you know, get ready, go to the gym for a hour. And you do cardio, just like Jane Fonda shit. Then you come home, and you just rest and eat every three hours. Knowing at 7 p.m. you go to the gym, and literally lift that — whatever you can find, you lift it. For about a hour and a half. And then you go home and go to sleep. And then you wake up and do it again. For three months. And it was by far the most — I mean, it’s a lifestyle. Fitness is a lifestyle, you have to eat a certain way. You have to do a certain thing, you have to live a certain way. So you know, me and my homeboy Jack Daniels stopped talkin’. No more pizza, like all the things I love.
Me and my girlfriend Haagen Dazs broke up. She French, it was crazy. So I just, I had to contain myself. Then I show up and you know, Chris looks like a Greek god. And I’m feeling good about myself, I’m like Spandex ready, you know. And I show up and he’s like, Captain, you know, tiny ass. And I’m like, “Dude, how’d you get your ass that small?” I’m like, man size. Like, errrrrrrrrrrrrrr I can lift the whole building. And I look at his and I’m like, “What did you do, what did you do to it?”
It was a grueling three months.
Q: The first time that you put on the costume? Tell us about that
AM: The first time I put that costume on. I mean literally I couldn’t stop smiling, I was running around the room. It was like I said, it’s one of those moments where you just have to allow yourself to enjoy it. At a certain point in time you just have to — it’s like the first time I met Prince. Like I was like, he’s Pri– no no no. I’m cool. Uh, uhhhhhhhhh. You know, you just have to allow yourself to be in the moment and enjoy it.
It took 45 minutes to get in it. It was like five minutes to get out it. ‘Cause you know, I was like, oh god. I really took every moment to enjoy being a super hero. So yeah, it was, it was a good time.
Q: How do you feel about not being the first African-American Superhero?
AM: It’s funny you should ask that. I feel like, when I was a kid, I really didn’t have that person I could look at, other than my dad, and be like, “Hey, I want to be that guy and fly through the window.” You couldn’t be like seven years old and say, “Who do you want to be for Halloween?” “Shaft,” you know.
It’s really exciting. It always makes me emotional. I mean, when I first got this role I just cried like a baby because I was like, “Wow, next Halloween, I’m gonna open the door and there’s gonna be a little kid dressed as the Falcon.” That’s the thing that always gets me. I feel like everybody deserves that. I feel like there should be a Latino super hero. I feel like Scarlett does great representation for all the other girls.
But there should be a Wonder Woman movie. I don’t care if they make 20 bucks, if there’s a movie you’re gonna lose money on, make it Wonder Woman. You know what I mean, ’cause little girls deserve that. There’s so many of these little people out here doing awful things for money, in the world of being famous and little girls see that. They should have the opposite spectrum of that to look up to. You know what, I’m just trying to go with the flow with it. Funny story: This is, there’s this craft store called Michael’s.
Look, my sister knits. So she goes to Michael’s. Every now and then I’ll go there for something. So I went — [LAUGHS] my sister called me and she’s like, “Oh my god, I’m at Michael’s, picking up yarn.” And “You have a poster at Michael’s.” I’m like, what? She’s like, “There’s a poster, there’s a Falcon poster at Michael’s. I’m like, holy shit. She like, “I’m gonna come and pick you up, and we’re gonna see your poster in this store.” So I’m like, “Man, this is my oldest sister,” all right. So she picks me up. We get in the car, we go to Michael’s, we hurry up. [CAR DRIVING AND BRAKING NOISES]
We get to Michael’s. We go in, and I see the poster and I’m like, “Oh, this is….” She’s like, “I know, I know.” I said, “I’m gonna sign these posters.” [AUDIENCE REACTION awwww] I was like, “That would be amazing, you buy a poster and it’s like, actually signed by the Falcon.” Like, it would blow my mind. So I go to the front, I buy a Sharpie, I run back to the back of the store. And she’s like, “I’m gonna take a picture of you signing it.” So I mean, we’re in this store and I’m signing all the posters. The manager comes out, he’s like, “Hey, whatcha doing?” I was like, “Oh man, I’m signing these posters so when people buy ‘em, they’re signed.” He’s like, “Well, people are not gonna buy ‘em if they’re signed.”
And I was like, “No no no, it’s cool, I’m pretty sure there won’t be a problem.” And he goes, “Yeah, but it is gonna be a problem, you’re messin’ up my inventory.” And I’m like, “No, my man, trust me, I mean, I’m the — that, that’s me!” And he goes, “Yeah, right. You’re gonna buy those posters.” I said, “What?” He’s like, “You’re gonna buy all those posters or I’m gonna call the police.” I’m trying to get the posters for people to buy, and trust me, it’s goin’ — He’s like, “Let’s go to the front, you’re buying the posters.”
He rolls up all the posters and goes to the front of the store. And I had to buy like 60 Falcon posters that I signed in my Michael’s. So you all are proud recipients of the signed Falcon posters from Michael’s! [LAUGHS] [AUDIENCE LAUGHTER AND CHEERS] So that’s kinda how — I’m just enjoying it. Man, I mean, there’s so many, you know, bad things that happen to us at entertainers and actors, that I feel like, when something good happen, you should take full advantage of it.
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