Of the members of #teamcap I kept wanting to find a way to sway Ant-Man and Falcon to my team, # teamIronMan. During an insightful, fun and down-t-earth interview with Anthony Mackie, we got to know better Sam Wilson / The Falcon and the actor. As the cherry on top, I didn’t need to convince Anthony Mackie because he is Team IronMan! That was a good shocker for this fangirl 🙂 #CaptainAmericaEvent Getting to Know Anthony Mackie and The Falcon.
Getting to Know Anthony Mackie and The Falcon
So why is Anthony Mackie, who plays Falcon, one of Captain America’s closest friends, team IronMan? “Because I am old” he says. A few years back he was totally #TeamCap, fighting, working hard, and not taking no for an answer. Today, he wants people to tell him when and what to do. He likes it all nice and orderly. He is grateful for things like having someone tell him that on Tuesdays and Thursdays he needs to take the trash out in New Orleans. He does it, everyone else does, and everything runs smoothly. Mackie adds: “I am all about chillin’ out.” Well, he doesn’t have to tell that twice to this mom in permanent search of cool and chill moments 🙂
Anthony Mackie shared how amazed he is about the people of Disney and Marvel who had the vision of filming a movie 14 months ago that would be relevant right this moment when we are having presidential elections, and so many of the current issues are so in tuned with those of the movie. In his words: “We are at a point in which we are fighting for our civil liberties. And that’s what this movie is about. Do you want to be governed or have the ability to choose for yourself?”. The message he hopes the audience takes home after enjoying Captain America: Civil War is that: “The ultimate power is not being a dictator. The ultimate power is being a great listener. I think that when you watch this movie you see two people fighting for something that they believe in because they are willing to listen to the person across the table. I feel we are in a society where everybody has an opinion but no one is willing to listen to the person across from them.”.
On being The Falcon, he shares his family is very happy that he plays a superhero. But, while his siblings cheer him on, they also keep him humble which he is grateful for ( he is one of six children). His kids, of course, are all over the idea and are thrilled. Nevertheless, the kids are not that partial to daddy as Anthony Mackie would like. The actor told us about how one of his sons wanted to be a superhero for Halloween. Mackie was sure it would be the Falcon, but soon found out the child wanted to be The Winter Soldier 🙂 Cute story!
How complex is his suit and how it was filming in Atlanta Georgia in 90-degree heat? Anthony Mackie said: “My suit is very complex and I wear 6-layers of clothes. Because there are so many parts and aspects to the suit, I have my pants, my knee pads, my shoes, my calf covers, my shoe covers, my gloves, my both wristbands, body hardness, body armor, then the pack and I had to put on goggles. The heat of Atlanta, along with the complexity of our costumes are always challenging, but my thinking is. There are a lot worst jobs, I can be doing. Boo-hoo, it is 100 degrees out there, put me in my superhero costumes and let’s go! We love what we do, so we do it.”
Is there a specific Avenger that Anthony would love to work with or see in the Marvel Cinematic Universe movies? Anthony Mackie tells us “I am all about the Hulk. So if I ever get a Falcon solo movie, I would love to have Mark Ruffalo play the Hulk in it.”.
Does Mackie get to do many of his own stunts? When his time was up to perform a stunt he admitted to doing them very poorly. So much so, that people would make a point to come see him try and do them som good laughs! To that he admitted more “My stuntman is the best stuntman in the business. Literately, all you see, I do and everyone laughs and pat me on the back. Then he gets up there and does everything superbly.”.
So who is Anthony Mackie’s real life superhero? A Latino! it is Baseball legend, Roberto Clemente. As a matter of fact, he is working on his Spanish so he can play the role one day. We sure hope it will be soon Mr. Mackie!
Our last questions addressed diversity in Marvel’s Cinematic Universe. To this, Anthony Mackie believes that Marvel had done an excellent job. He stated “Just look at this movie for example and look at the movie poster. It is a very diverse cast.”. Coming full Mackie shares further on that Halloween he admits that one of his proudest days, was about three years ago when a white little boy showed up at his door dressed as the Falcon. Mackie continued on this, “He didn’t see Falcon as a black superhero, he saw Falcon as a superhero.”.
To that, I will add that sometimes these superheroes do get everyone dreaming without regard to gender or color. So this fan-girl, might cross over to Team Cap for a bit on Halloween to be The Falcon! Who would you dress up as from the cast of Captain America: Civil War?
About Captain America: Civil War – The Movie
For this action-adventure movie a stellar cast joins in: starring Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson, Sebastian Stan, Anthony Mackie, Don Cheadle, Jeremy Renner, Chadwick Boseman, Paul Bettany, Elizabeth Olsen, Paul Rudd, Emily VanCamp, Frank Grillo, Martin Freeman, with William Hurt and Daniel Brühl to tell this story:
Marvel’s “Captain America: Civil War” finds Steve Rogers leading the newly formed team of Avengers in their continued efforts to safeguard humanity. But after another incident involving the Avengers results in collateral damage, political pressure mounts to install a system of accountability, headed by a governing body to oversee and direct the team. The new status quo fractures the Avengers, resulting in twocamps—one led by Steve Rogers and his desire for the Avengers to remain free to defend humanity without government interference, and the other following Tony Stark’s surprising decision to support government oversight and accountability. Opens May 6th.
Meeting Paul Bettany keeps me firm as part of #TeamIronMan. Which is your team?
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