*Actor Anthony Mackie continues to add to his acting accomplishments. His latest role in Real Steel with Hugh Jackman is his second number one movie with 8 Mile alongside his two roles in Oscar winning movies The Hurt Locker and Million Dollar Baby. Mackie revisited with Chris Yandek of CYInterview.com five years later for a new CYInterview. Mackie was Yandek’s first Hollywood conversation.
Mackie first reflects back on his latest number one movie Real Steel and what Hugh Jackman is like.
“The great thing about Real Steel and working on it was just the humility that came along with working with Hugh Jackman. It was a great opportunity and everybody on that movie knew that we were there to make something fun and something that everybody would be able to enjoy. So everybody just took it easy and really just gave 100 percent for it. So it was just the ease of work man. There was no stress or pressure making that movie at all…He’s [Hugh Jackman] actually one of those guys who has no ego or you know, just no ridiculousness when it comes to his work. It’s all about him doing the work and turning out a good project. So it was actually really reassuring and relaxing onset and he’s just a really nice guy.”
There have been numerous articles and discussions recently about the limited roles for black women in Hollywood. What might be overlooked are the still limited roles for black men. Mackie has been part of many big movies and small movies in recent years that have received acclaim including the Oscar winning movie The Hurt Locker and Night Catches US. Mackie explains why he has never stopped working and the keys to success.
“When I got out of Juilliard, I got great representation and one thing my agent, who’s now my manager at the time said when I started in the business was, ‘This business shouldn’t limit you or judge you because of your race. You should be seen for every part that you’re in the right age range for.’ And that’s something we worked towards for the last 10 years…When people see you do theater as well as independent film, as well as major films, hip hop as well as Shakespeare, it’s not so much that they can’t say they won’t cast you because you can’t do it.”
Every actor has a dream role. Mr. Mackie’s dream project is a picture based on Olympic legend Jesse Owens.
“My dream project, that I would like to do, is Jesse Owens. I feel like it’s one of those movies, it’s a movie that deserves to be made and it’s a story that needs to be told. I feel like if you look at what happened at the Olympics in 1936, Jesse Owens saved the world.”
You can read and listen to the entire interview at Chris Yandek’s CYInterview.com.