Falcon Or Panther, Anthony Mackie Was Up For Either One

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capmackie30n-3-webMarvel fans are literally counting down the hours until they get to witness Captain America: The Winter Soldier this weekend. The clips and trailers we’ve seen lead us to believe that this could be one of the best Marvel films to date and the reviews that are coming out certainly back that up. We can expect to see a lot of new things in the film including a new, more modern fighting style for Cap and a much different approach to the comic book movie concept. Another new thing we get to see is the introduction of Falcon, played by Anthony Mackie. The actor has been very enthusiastic about the character he is playing and went as far as campaigning for him to don the iconic red and white spandex Falcon is known for wearing in the comics. Needless to say, he’s excited to be taking part in the Marvel film universe.

Mackie has actually been in contact with the studio for some time in fact. While chatting with Vulture, he reveals that he initially contacted Marvel about playing the role of Black Panther and they’ve been working together for several years to find the right part for him.

I had been contacting Marvel for a few years, asking about Black Panther and trying to see if there was any way I could be part of the Marvel Universe in any capacity. I enjoy their movies, respect the kind of films they make, and I thought it would be a good fit for me as well as them. I would say about five years after our initial contact, they invited me to L.A. to have lunch with [directors] Joe and Anthony Russo and one of the producers on Captain America, and we had a fifteen-minute conversation where they told me absolutely nothing about the movie they were making. They couldn’t tell me about the character, or when or where they were shooting, but they wanted to know, “If we had a movie, would you be interested?” And I was like, “Hell yeah!” So a month later, I got an official offer to be in a Marvel movie.

Mackie goes on to say that he signed a multi-picture deal with Marvel, but wouldn’t reveal just how many films it included; safe to assume that he signed for the Marvel standard of nine films. He did mention that he had not been contacted to appear in the highly anticipated Avengers: Age of Ultron, however. It is quite possible that Falcon could remain franchise-specific, much like War Machine has been for Iron Man. But with rumors of a new roster of Avengers down the line, that could change.

The actor is not shy about how excited and grateful he is to have landed the role in the film. In a separate interview, coming from the Associated PressMackie reveals his reaction to learning that he got the role in the massive film franchise and how persistent he has been in pursuing a role.

“When I heard I got the role I broke down in tears. I realized two years from that date some little brown boy was going to be at my door in a Falcon costume on Halloween. When I was a kid I didn’t have that. It wasn’t like I could get asked, ‘Who do you want to be for Halloween?’ and say Shaft. Being the Falcon is monumental.”
I wanted to be like the Joker and get my Heath Ledger on,” he said. “I would send Marvel an email, like every four to five months. I was calling saying, ‘I’ll work for free.’ About two years ago they sent me a letter saying, ‘Don’t call us, we’ll call you.’ I was like ‘Damn — Marvel mad at me.’”

Anthony Mackie first came on the scene a few years ago when he starred opposite his fellow Marvel star Jeremy Renner in The Hurt Locker. Since then his career has been on a steady incline. His involvement in The Winter Soldier and Marvel  certainly won’t hurt his career either. It’s always a good thing to see actors so anxious and ready to play a role like this, because you know they are going to give it their all and not dial in a performance.

You can catch Captain America: The Winter Soldier starting Thursday night, if you’re super geeky, or on the traditional release date of Friday. Mackie is joined by Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Samuel L. Jackson, Sebastian Stan and Robert Redford.. Filming is currently underway for Avengers: Age of Ultron, which is slated for a 2015 release.

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