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Anthony Mackie talks "kicking ass" as The Falcon in Captain America 2

Oct. 4, 2013by:

Anthony Mackie is set to have a big year in 2014 as he will make his first foray into the comic book movie scene as The Falcon in CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER. It's also one of the few roles featuring a black actor in the genre and it's nice to see Mackie making that entry for the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Mackie sat down with Rolling Stone and discussed the upcoming sequel, talking about his physical preparations, fan expectation, and what it's like working for the mighty Marvel machine.

On the physical preparations for the part:

I wanted Falcon to be really lean, so it couldn't have worked out better timing wise. I worked so hard to get my body in shape that I wanted to show it off. So I told Marvel I just wanted to be in spandex. But they decided that they wanted Falcon to be more of a military character, which I'm not complaining about, because my gear looks dope and I get to kick a lot of ass. Ever since I got in good shape, though, I'm all about spandex.

On fan expectations:

You know what? The comic book world is 100 times more fickle than movie audiences, so I've been trying to avoid reading any fan blogs or thoughts on how I might be a miscast or whatever.

On if he's seen footage of the sequel:

Yes, and it looks amazing. It's so much bigger than everyone thought it would be, and we're kicking a lot of ass. It's a lot of fun to be a part of, especially with Samuel L. Jackson, who's been my mentor for so many years.

On hearing about future Marvel roles second hand:

It can be frustrating at times, because if you're not "in house" with them, if you're not one of the people making the vision and you have no way of knowing what's going on. It's kind of like a sports game – something great can happen at any moment. One day you'll get a call from Marvel that's like, "Hey, we need you in New Mexico right now for The Avengers 2." I'd ride a moped to that set if I had to. My friends keep saying, "you'll be doing these forever," but I don't know about that. If it works out, it works out. It's all very hush.

I like Anthony Mackie. He's got a great energy and seems genuinely excited to be a part of the sequel, perhaps more so than anyone else in the cast. At Comic Con he was the liveliest of the bunch and played to the crowd well. When someone is that enthused about being a part of a project it gives me hope that what they're ding is really worthwhile. Of course, that doesn't take much convincing for me, personally, as I'm a huge fan of Captain America, but still it helps when the folks are jazzed to be working on something so big, rather than just collecting another paycheck.

CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER, starring Chris Evans, Anthony Mackie, Sebastian Stan, Scarlett Johansson, Samuel L. Jackson, Robert Redford, Frank Grillo, Hayley Atwell, Cobie Smulder, Emily Van Camp, Toby Jones, Maximiliano Hernandez, and Georges St-Pierre, is slated for release on April 4, 2014. - See more at: http://www.joblo.com/movie-news/is-this-the-new-costume-for-cap-in-captain-america-the-winter-soldier#sthash.31EIaASw.dpuf  

Extra Tidbit: What other Captain America characters would you like to see in future sequels? I'd like to see Cap take on the villain Nuke. Would be a great character to see on the big screen and a great role for the right actor. You?
Source: Rolling Stone

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2:12AM on 10/05/2013
i cant wait for this
i cant wait for this
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7:09PM on 10/04/2013
Extra Tidbit: Psychotic John F Walker
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1:40PM on 10/04/2013
Extra tidbit: Taskmaster!! He'll even work as a side villian for a Avengers film.
Extra tidbit: Taskmaster!! He'll even work as a side villian for a Avengers film.
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12:27PM on 10/04/2013
He shouldn't worry. In the comics, the Falcon and War Machine were both Avengers. Mind you, the Avengers are going to be pretty crowded what with Iron Man, Thor, Captain America, the Hulk, Black Widow, Hawkeye, Scarlet Witch, Quicksilver and then later Ant Man and presumably the Wasp, Black Panther and maybe even Ms. Marvel. I'm worried that Avengers 3 could end up being a mess with so many Avengers and maybe the Guardians of the Galaxy as well. How about they create two franchises: the
He shouldn't worry. In the comics, the Falcon and War Machine were both Avengers. Mind you, the Avengers are going to be pretty crowded what with Iron Man, Thor, Captain America, the Hulk, Black Widow, Hawkeye, Scarlet Witch, Quicksilver and then later Ant Man and presumably the Wasp, Black Panther and maybe even Ms. Marvel. I'm worried that Avengers 3 could end up being a mess with so many Avengers and maybe the Guardians of the Galaxy as well. How about they create two franchises: the Avengers with Iron Man, Thor, Captain America, the Hulk, Black Panther, Ant Man and the Wasp and Avengers: LA with War Machine, Black Widow, Hawkeye, Scarlet Witch, Quicksilver, Falcon and Ms. Marvel. That's how they did it in the comics.
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4:21PM on 10/06/2013
Yeah, they were called THE WEST COAST AVENGERS
Yeah, they were called THE WEST COAST AVENGERS
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12:08PM on 10/04/2013
Mackie is just an amazing talent and I will watch anything he is apart of
Mackie is just an amazing talent and I will watch anything he is apart of
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12:04PM on 10/04/2013
Anthony Mackie will make a great addition to the already awesome Marvel Universe. Can't wait to see the Falcon in action.
Anthony Mackie will make a great addition to the already awesome Marvel Universe. Can't wait to see the Falcon in action.
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11:45AM on 10/04/2013
I would also love to see Cap go up against the Punisher.
I would also love to see Cap go up against the Punisher.
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12:35PM on 10/04/2013
That would be a cool way for Marvel to reintroduce him to the Marvel universe.
That would be a cool way for Marvel to reintroduce him to the Marvel universe.
11:40AM on 10/04/2013
Extra tidbit: Crossbones.
Extra tidbit: Crossbones.
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11:44AM on 10/04/2013
Crossbones is in Winter Soldier
Crossbones is in Winter Soldier
11:48AM on 10/04/2013
Frank Grillo's playing him.
Frank Grillo's playing him.
11:49AM on 10/04/2013
Aww, crud.
Aww, crud.
11:39AM on 10/04/2013
I think he might be the first actor in a superhero movie ever to actually request that his costume be made of spandex.
I think he might be the first actor in a superhero movie ever to actually request that his costume be made of spandex.
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11:35AM on 10/04/2013
Extra tidbit: Hate-Monger. Not the weird Hitler clone version but one of the many neo-Nazi skinheads to take up the mantle.
Extra tidbit: Hate-Monger. Not the weird Hitler clone version but one of the many neo-Nazi skinheads to take up the mantle.
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