Exclusive: Anthony Mackie says he’ll have prominent role in ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’

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Exclusive: Anthony Mackie says he’ll have prominent role in ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’
Posted by Wilson Morales

April 15, 2013

Except for Don Cheadle‘s Jim Rhodes character in the ‘Iron Man’ franchise, there aren’t that many African American characters in the films that Marvel Studios has presented thus far. Samuel L. Jackson‘s Nick Fury was never written as African American nor was Idris Elba‘s Norse God Heimdall in the ‘Thor’ films.

With so many names in ‘Captain America: The First Avenger’ (Chris Evans, Tommy Lee Jones, Hugo Weaving, Hayley Atwell, Sebastian Stan, Dominic Cooper, Neal McDonough, and Stanley Tucci), one could easily forget that Derek Luke had a role in the film as Gabe Jones. Although Gabe ends up joining S.H.I.E.L.D. as an agent in the comics, sadly his role in the film as member of Rogers’ squad of commandos was very limited.

While promoting his latest film, Michael Bay’s Pain & Gain, Anthony Mackie talked to Blackfilm.com about his next feature, playing Sam Wilson aka the Falcon in Marvel’s ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier‘ and having a bigger role.

Will you have more to do than Derek Luke did in the first Captain America?

Anthony Mackie: I’m happy to say that I’m in a good deal of the movie and I play an integral part with Captain America taking down the winter soldier. It’s great. They started the shoot 2 1/2 weeks ago and once I finished doing press for ‘Pain & Gain,’ I go in and join them. I’ve been doing combat training and fitness training just to get prepared. It’s going to be something and I’m excited for it.

How much awareness did you have on The Falcon prior to taking on the role?

AM: I had never heard of the Falcon. I knew nothing about him. Once they sent me the comic book and told me everything they wanted me to do, I read up some and looked up his story. I’m really excited. He’s a cool character and we need that. We want that (black) superhero that looks like them.

How is the costume going to look like?

AM: They just released pictures of the costume last week. It’s more of a military style tactical costume. He’s more along the lines of Captain America as far as being a superhero as opposed to a true superhero.

‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’ will pick-up where “Marvel’s The Avengers” left off, as Steve Rogers struggles to embrace his role in the modern world and teams up with Natasha Romanoff, aka Black Widow, to battle a powerful yet shadowy enemy in present-day Washington, D.C.

‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’ is set for release in the U.S. on April 4, 2014.


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