Anthony Mackie Talks Portraying The Falcon, Human Torch Casting, And More

Cast as the falcon in this year's Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Mackie recently spoke to The Huffington Post about portraying a superhero, as well as his opinion on the casting of Michael B. Jordan (Chronicle) as The Human Torch. Hit the jump for more.

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Anthony Mackie, who has starred in numerous films, finally gets a chance to don a superhero outfit in the upcoming Captain America sequel. Stopping by The HuffPost Live (via ComicBook.com), he was asked how he felt when Marvel reached out to him for the role of The Falcon. “When Marvel gave me the opportunity to bring this character to life, I was so emotional and overjoyed at the opportunity of being a part of not only a franchise like that, but a studio like that,” he said. When asked if he was ever into comics in his youth, Mackie replied simply: “No, I was a baseball kid. I was everything. I was a sports kid. I was never into comic books. I was never that kid.”

Also, Mackie reaffirmed and defended the casting of Michael B. Jordan as Johnny Storm a.k.a. The Human Torch in Fox's Fantastic Four reboot. “No, no, no, he’s there. Michael B. Jordan is a very good friend of mine. I’ve known him since he was a teenager, and I’m so happy, for more than anybody else for him to be getting the accolades he’s getting, because he deserves it.” Mackie then goes on to speak about how he thinks the audiences should be open-minded when a decision such as said casting comes along. “I think with these type of movies, everything else aside, you need a good actor. Michael B. Jordan is a good actor, black or white. So what you have to realize is, and go back and forth and just say, ‘Superman can’t fly, Batman ain’t real, the Human Torch don’t really set himself on fire and fly around the room, so he can look like whatever they want him to look like.’ You just have to allow yourself to see him that way. And if you can’t do that, that says something about you. As an audience member if you can’t do that, you need to look at yourself, because there’s something going on with you, that you might need some help with.” What do you guys think? Sound off with your comments in the usual place.


Captain America: The Winter Soldier storms into theaters April 4th, 2014 and stars Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Sebastian Stan, Anthony Mackie, Cobie Smulders, Frank Grillo, Georges St-Pierre, Hayley Atwell, Toby Jones, Emily VanCamp, Maximiliano Hernández with Samuel L. Jackson, and Robert Redford. The film is directed by Anthony and Joe Russo.
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Kurne - 3/1/2014, 7:53 PM
"Yeah, that'll tell 'em!"
Kurne - 3/1/2014, 7:56 PM
Kurne - 3/1/2014, 7:59 PM
I love Mackie


Pasto - 3/1/2014, 8:01 PM
BLACK POWAH!
Sagealamode - 3/1/2014, 8:05 PM
Unlike my clone, I can be excited for a Marvel movie and this one it.
Nomis - 3/1/2014, 8:07 PM
As much as I think he'll be good as the (Ultimate Version) of the Falcon, I'm not going to serious take into consideration the opinion of someone who was never into or read comics when it comes to adapting comic book characters to live action movies.

This is just another job for him because he couldn't care less for the medium that actually made the job available.

And that's cool, but don't think you can tell me or any other fan of the characters of the comic book genre in which these films are base off of that something is going on with us when we disagree with the way they are being portrayed on film.
Dustellar - 3/1/2014, 8:08 PM
White Falcon (?)
Nomis - 3/1/2014, 8:08 PM
And I know you're sticking up for your friend (which is also cool) but Michael Jordan SHOULD NOT BE THE HUMAN TORCH!
JoJo1982 - 3/1/2014, 8:14 PM
“I think with these type of movies, everything else aside, you need a good actor. Michael B. Jordan is a good actor, black or white. So what you have to realize is, and go back and forth and just say, ‘Superman can’t fly, Batman ain’t real, the Human Torch don’t really set himself on fire and fly around the room, so he can look like whatever they want him to look like.’ You just have to allow yourself to see him that way. And if you can’t do that, that says something about you. As an audience member if you can’t do that, you need to look at yourself, because there’s something going on with you, that you might need some help with.” -- Anthony Mackie


Lol it's funny cause it's true
HypeExMachina - 3/1/2014, 8:14 PM
"Mackie seemed to confirm the casting" so it's not confirmed yet?
YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES
Spideyinthemcu - 3/1/2014, 8:15 PM
You have something wrong with you Mackie. Human torch should be white just how Luke cage should be black.
JoJo1982 - 3/1/2014, 8:16 PM
@nomis

Atleast he admit he wasn't a comic book fan

Unlike

Elizabeth Olsen, who says she is a big comic book fan, then starts listing Star Warsand Lotr as her favorites

Lmao, I was like wtf when she said that
Spideyinthemcu - 3/1/2014, 8:16 PM
White black panther or Luke cage, anyone?
Sagealamode - 3/1/2014, 8:16 PM
I am glad the went away with the 70s look falcon!!!
JackSass - 3/1/2014, 8:17 PM
What a shock. He loves to call people racist too, just like the douche bags on this web site
siggisuperman - 3/1/2014, 8:19 PM
I like him and I am excited to see him as Falcon but I wonder how he would feel if he had been turned down for the role of Falcon in favor of Sam Worthington or some other white guy ? I bet his comments would be different, but hey we'll see if it works when the movie is out.
sameoldthing - 3/1/2014, 8:20 PM
Why do I have to see a character other than what they were created to be?
Sorry,the Human Torch is a white guy & Black Panther is a black guy.
Do it Mackie's way & I'm supposed to see it the other way around?...not happening.
Sagealamode - 3/1/2014, 8:22 PM
I would have preferred a Mexican falcon! El Falcon
ScorpioRisin - 3/1/2014, 8:23 PM
Remember, as long as you don't turn a black character white is fine guys.
SuperCat - 3/1/2014, 8:27 PM
prettynucIear - 3/1/2014, 8:30 PM
JoJo1982 - 3/1/2014, 8:30 PM
Nobody was going crazy when they change the color of both Bane and Ras Al Ghul in white characters in the dark knight trilogy
Nomis - 3/1/2014, 8:30 PM
@ JoJo1982 - LOL!!!!

Someone really need to prep some of these actors before they give interviews.
TheRationalNerd - 3/1/2014, 8:31 PM
You tell em Mackie!

Bringing up Black Panther is a lame counter argument because his ethnicity plays an important role in regards to not only his race but his culture and ancestry.

Characters like...

Bruce Banner
Doctor Strange
Daredevil
Spider-Man
Blade
Falcon

Could all have race changes because their race plays no important role towards their character. Even Ms.Marvel is recoeving a race change in the comics and no ones complaining about that? lol As I've said before Stan Lee has stated himself that their needs to be more diversity in comic book characters today. I'm all for it!
blackandyellow - 3/1/2014, 8:31 PM
Sam Adams Cold Snap is delicious.
GodzillaKart - 3/1/2014, 8:32 PM
Mackie is fantastic! Can't wait for CA:TWS. That said FF is a hard sell...and it has nothing to do with the casting of Jordan as HT. I remember being a kid and reading "The World's Greatest Comic Magazine" and thinking "what" "Is Spider-Man in this competition?"

I hope the new FF film is great....but not holding breath.
VIRILEMAN - 3/1/2014, 8:33 PM
They should have cast a white guy to play Falcon. Don't like what I have to say. Maybe you should get some help then.
0bstreperous - 3/1/2014, 8:35 PM
Cap looks like it'll be the best thing in at least 10 years for me
tvor03 - 3/1/2014, 8:35 PM
Comic book fans - some of the most close-minded people in the planet.
Nomis - 3/1/2014, 8:35 PM
I bet if they cast a white actor for the Falcon he wouldn't be saying that.
Kurne - 3/1/2014, 8:36 PM
@TheBlackNerd

... People are complaining about the new Ms. Marvel.
VIRILEMAN - 3/1/2014, 8:37 PM
@TheBlackNerd

Black people don't have a monopoly on race being a part of who they are. And as for Black Panther, you could cast a guy that looks middle eastern to play him. A lot of people that live in Africa are darker skinned but not all are black. A large group look more middle eastern. So you should have no problem with an Indian actor playing T'Challa.

And a white Blade would just be lame and you know it.
MichealDeSanta - 3/1/2014, 8:38 PM
Anyone against the idea of a black human torch are a bunch of f*****g f***s!!!!!!!!
VIRILEMAN - 3/1/2014, 8:38 PM
@Nomis

My thought exactly.
Bekss - 3/1/2014, 8:39 PM
This is old, like 4 days old. Also there are like 2 interviews of Steward and McKellen that no one post here.
tvor03 - 3/1/2014, 8:39 PM
Regular guy - "Wanna see a movie about that guy who sets himself on fire and flies and beats up bad guys from other dimensions?"

Comic fan - "Oh, man, that sounds awesome!"

Regular guy - "He's black."

Comic fan - "Boycott!"
l0rdleg0las - 3/1/2014, 8:40 PM
I get what he is saying about the race not being a big deal. However his comment that there is something wrong with those who don't like the race change is bullshit. I mean sure there are some racist dicks who hate the change just to be racist dicks, but there are also comic fans who grew up with the characters who dislike the change because they want to see an accurate portrayal of a character they like or grew up with.
POTUS - 3/1/2014, 8:40 PM
Believe me, I know something about being qualified to fill a role...

Imagine the outrage if Marvel had decided that the actor playing Rhodey in IM was too troublesome, so they recast him... with a white guy.

Imagine the outrage if Luke Cage was portrayed by any actor not black.

Imagine the outrage if Shang Chi is portrayed by a white actor so as not to offend with stereotyping (that kind of thing will never happen, will it).

Imagine the outrage when a Presiden... uhem, never mind that.

The point is, you don't change based on color, religion, sex or sexual orientation... you change for substance. Otherwise... well... uh... .... damn teleprompter.... uh... Joe? You got something?

He's POTUS.
MichealDeSanta - 3/1/2014, 8:40 PM
One of my best friends is black.........
DestroyallTrolls - 3/1/2014, 8:40 PM
Ahahahahahahahahahahahaha
race stuff...
I like black and white cocks...
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