Anthony Mackie approached Marvel for superhero role after Oscar snub

But despite the critical acclaim for his performance, Mackie was passed over for an Academy Award nomination, while the film eventually won six awards out of the nine nods it received. Advertising

Directed by Kathryn Bigelow, the 2008 war drama was a major critical success for the 40-year-old actor, who prior to that played small roles in films such as Clint Eastwood’s Million Dollar Baby, Half Nelson and Eagle Eye. “He has charisma, but he also has the ability to convey integrity in a way that very few actors can. I had to take a year off of work,” the actor told Men’s Health in an interview. At first, Mackie auditioned for the role of Mandarin in “Iron Man 3”, a part which went to Ben Kingsley but his screen test impressed director Joe Russo and producer Nate Moore, who were looking for an actor to play Sam Wilson aka Falcon in Captain America: The Winter Soldier. “I put everything in that movie. We try to protect ourselves and say, ‘I’m doing the work for the work.’ But when that happened with ‘Hurt Locker’, it hurt. And there’s a level of trust between him and the audience,” Russo told the outlet. Advertising

After the year break, which he called was “very therapeutic”, Mackie decided to approach Marvel Studios. “Growing up, I’d always loved Falcon, because he was a comic-book hero who was black who didn’t have ‘Black’ in the title. 0
Comment(s) He is set to reprise the role in the upcoming Disney+ series “The Falcon and the Winter Soldier”. I would love to work with you guys’,” the actor recalled. He stood on his morals. That little f***er matters. “My line was ‘Yo, I’m the black dude from ‘The Hurt Locker’. He stood on who he was,” he said. Popular Photos

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Mackie said he loved the character since his childhood, particularly because he did not have ‘Black’ title before him. Mackie has since played the part in a total of six MCU films.