Anthony Mackie Teases The Falcon

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Anthony Mackie will be taking flight in Captain America: The Winter Soldier as The Falcon. The actor joins the sequel that begins filming April 1. Mackie took part in a Q&A after the screening of his recent film, Gangster Squad, moderated by Ain’t It Cool News. During the lengthy session the actor touched on his upcoming role in the film directed by Joe and Anthony Russo. Mackie touched on his research process for the comic book movie:

It was funny; a lot of the research I found was online. My older brother was a huge comic book buff. So when the news came out online, he called me and just gave me the whole rundown. Luckily, I have a lot of friends who weren’t cool growing up, but who are really cool now, so they read a lot of comic books. So I would just call and ask them, and they would send me all of this stuff online, and I got to read a bunch of the old comic books. It’s fortunate, because it’s a take off the comic book, it’s not the exactly storyline of the comic book.

falconMackie also commented on the seemingly odd choice of having the Russo brothers directing the film. The duo are best known for their work on Community. The actor said that’s part of what drew him into the film:

A little bit. The thing about “Community” is it’s not a natural sitcom. It works really well and it’s very character driven. So when I saw the show, because I have a friend on the show, I’ve seen it a few times, I was surprised that they picked the two of them to direct it. But then after the success of the THE AVENGERS, I understood why. THE AVENGERS did really well, because it was serious at times and funny at times, and it was just a lighthearted, feel-good, buy-some-popcorn movie, and they are really talented guys and they are really open to the idea of bringing a new spin to the CAPTAIN AMERICA franchise, so I look forward to seeing what they do with it once I read it.

The actor said being the first choice for the role of Falcon was a first for him. He said he was used to being the second or third choice for roles, so this one was special beyond being a black superhero. Mackie remained coy about his character and whether or not Falcon’s pet Redwing will be appearing. The most he said:

I will have wings. I will be able to fly. I will be a superhero and fight people, namely The Winter Soldier.

Mackie wouldn’t say much more because he said with these franchise roles “They can always cast somebody else and say, ‘Well that last person died,’ or just not address it. You see the second movie, and the guy is a different guy than the first, and they’re like, ‘Yep, same dude to me.’” You can read the full Q&A where Mackie touches on a number of things by clicking here.

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Source : Ain’t It Cool