Marvel doesn’t fill its films with he-men and beefcakes. They often go for interesting actors from independent and international cinema. One of those is Anthony Mackie, the acclaimed star of “Half Nelson,” “The Hurt Locker” and “Triple 9” — in addition to big-timers like “Real Steel,” “Pain & Gain” and “The Night Before.” Since “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” he’s played Sam Wilson, aka Falcon, the winged friend of Chris Evans’ Steve Rogers. Falcon returns for “Captain America: Civil War,” joining his buddy’s side when the Avengers split over whether or not their do-good-ery should be regulated by the government.
I might be the only person you’re speaking to today who didn’t grow up a comic book nerd. Were you one?
I wasn’t at all. It’s funny: Every time I meet somebody they say, “Oh, I was such a comic book nerd growing up.” I’m like, “That’s interesting, because when I look for a comic book store I don’t know where they are. So if all these people were reading comic books when I was a kid, why did all the comic book stores go out of business?” But growing up I would read mysteries, like The Hardy Boys. I didn’t read comics at all.
I can’t believe there’s never been a Hardy Boys movie. That should be the next franchise.
I agree, I agree. I was joking with a friend mine that we should get a group of black dudes together and make a Hardy Boys movie. That would be hilarious.
Well, you can do that. I assume being a part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe gives you some power.
One would think, but not so much.
No. Not at all. [Laughs] I thought that would happen when I singed up as Falcon. I thought I’d be able to do my small, two million dollar projects that I feel are just as important as these films. But it’s not as cut-and-dry as you’d think it would be.