Anthony Mackie Comes Full Circle
After a decade in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Anthony Mackie finds himself back where it all began — filming a Captain America movie in Washington DC.
Now however, instead of introducing a new supporting character, Mackie will be taking on the mantle of Captain America himself for Captain America: Brave New World.
“It kind of brought my Marvel experience full circle because we shot in D.C. at the same hotel that we shot ‘Winter Soldier’ at,” the actor told TheWrap during an interview conducted before the SAG-AFTRA strike. “One of my first Marvel scenes was me sitting at a table talking to the senator and me and Chris [Evans] and Scarlett [ Johansson] kidnapping him and we go back and we stay at the same hotel and we shot at that same area. So in that regard, it was really emotional to think how far my character has come and where he is now after the 10 years that I’ve been in the MCU.”
Like Going To Summer Camp
For the Marvel veteran, returning to the MCU means reuniting with old friends, many of whom he has known for over a decade.
“These Marvel movies have kind of turned into summer camp. You go to set and there’s people that you’ve known for 10, 12 years now that you’ve worked with and got to know and people have kids and people get divorced and people buy homes. So it’s like going back to see your old friends. So it was really easy,” he explained.
“At no point in time did I feel like it was a different experience from any of the other Marvel movies I’ve done. It was just a great experience, you can only go down from here.”
Working With Harrison Ford
Joining Mackie for Captain America: Brave New World will be Harrison Ford. The legendary actor is assuming the role of Thunderbolt Ross from the late William Hurt.
According to Mackie, Ford was much more easygoing than his persona.
“It’s funny, he shows up and everybody is kind of, you know, you don’t know what to do with Harrison Ford. Like, ‘Somebody get Harrison water,’ but he wasn’t that at all,” he said.
“I was surprised how light-hearted and easy he was, how excited he was to be a part of it. For him to be in this profession for so many years and to see him at 80 excited to be a part of this universe was really dope and it put things in perspective how lucky we are, how lucky I am to be a part of it and bring these characters to life. So we had a good time.”
With that being said, Ford is still a Hollywood legend, and apparently, even Mackie can get star-struck.
“I had this monologue and I just couldn’t get it right. I’m like, ‘I’m talking to Harrison Ford. This is crazy.’ And the same day we walk into the boardroom and this extra has one line, all he has to do is say this one line to Harrison and Harrison was like, ‘Give me the report’ and he just couldn’t say the line.
“It’s Harrison Ford. It was kind of surreal. But once we got our legs on us and we were like, ‘Oh, Harrison is just a cool dude,’. It made those scenes much easier.”
Captain America: Brave New World is scheduled to hit theaters on July 26, 2024.
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