Anthony Mackie is gearing up to play Sam Wilson a.k.a The Falcon in Captain America: The Winter Soldier, the Marvel Studios sequel scheduled to start filming come March 2013.
He’s making the rounds doing publicity for 10 Years, and everyone’s asking about his new superhero role.
Here’s what he had to say:
“I’m playing the Falcon. He’s this guy in Harlem who moved to California and became a drug dealer. His plane crashed, and he was genetically altered, and he can fly, has telepathic powers. He’s the first African-American superhero. It makes me feel all the work I’ve done has been paying off. I have a son, nephews and nieces, and I love the idea that they can dress up as the Falcon on Halloween. They now have someone they can idolize. That’s a huge honor for me.”
On Falcon’s physicality:
“He’s known for his physique. He’s described as 6’3″, 245 pounds, so starting Monday, for the next five months until we start shooting, I’m going back to high-school workouts and start doing two-a-days, so I get up to 230 pounds.”
On competing with Captain America himself:
“I’m going to try not to get a job between now and then, so I can really focus on this. Because Chris Evans is in such good shape! I’m just a dude he dragged into the lab that he injected with some shit, but I got to stand next to him. So we shall see!”
On his brother’s familiarity with the character:
“When I got the part, I called my brother, and I told him, ‘Guess what I’m doing.’ And I told him the movie and who I was playing, and he literally just gave me a litany of history about this character. He went in his closet, and he dug out a copy of the very first Captain America with the Falcon in it. So I said to him, ‘Holy shit, you’re an Über-nerd!’”
On Falcon’s diversity factor:
“I feel like every kid deserves a hero, you know? And now that Spider-Man is Latino, I’m happy that little black kids are going to have the opportunity to say, ‘Hey, I want to be the Falcon.’ You know? So it’s cool.”
MTV News nabbed a quick on-camera interview with Mackie: