While many of us were probably already convinced we’d see Anthony Mackie (‘The Hurt Locker’, ‘Real Steel’) return as Falcon in future ‘Captain America‘ movies, a recent slip of the tongue may have unofficially confirmed it. Much like Captain America’s costume changes, it looks like Anthony slips that the Falcom’s will evolve as well.
In an interview with Total Film, Mackie talks about his experience in the flying aspect of his character:
“The Air Force had a specialty group. Like the Navy SEALs. But instead of giving them the ability to quietly go in and maneuver through hazardous territories, they gave them the ability to fly. It’s a lot of me on wires screaming and them saying ‘Action’ and me flying around. …I’m deathly afraid of heights, they always say, ‘Oh, we’re just gonna take you this high.’ Then they take me and swing me.”
I’m not sure if someone whose afraid of heights is the perfect pick for this part but at least he should be working out a good way to get over that fear. It’s interesting though to find out that his character is in an elite unit which is how he ends up here.
Things aren’t all fun and games while on set, though, and some times you need to probably land a few bruises for the sake of learning your craft:
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“When we were in Cleveland, the Russos called me and said, ‘Alright, we’re gonna put you up on a bridge and we want you to jump down. You see you’re about to hit a car, so we want you to stop before you hit the car.’ I’m like, ‘Well, the cable guy is supposed to stop me, because these aren’t real wings.’ They’re like, ‘No, no, no. Just hit the ground and go to the car.’ So they pull me up and they let me go. In midair I realized, ‘I’ve never flown before. So I have no idea how to stop.’ I see the concrete coming towards me, and I realize the rope is gonna catch and I’m gonna swing head first into this car. So I put my feet down and I roll into this cab, hard, and everybody runs over to me and says, ‘Are you okay?’ I’m like, ‘I think I know how to land. Let’s do it again.’”
Finally while talking about the Falcon’s uniform (and how ridiculous the original Falcon’s was), Mackie lets this bit of tidbit out:
“It’s 10 times tougher performing with wings. I’m like, ‘Wait, I’m the only dude that’s on strings? Everybody else gets to walk around or drive cars and I gotta fly?’ When we had our first conversation about the movie, my biggest statement to the Russos was, ‘You better not make me look like an idiot.’ That was my greatest fear. Even though I wanted to wear red spandex, I was hugely afraid of looking like a pigeon! As the Falcon aged [in the comics] and grew up, his uniform grew up. The uniform we have now is the uniform of an adult… The Ultimate look gives him a sense of purpose and makes him look like a badass. The wings can look funny at times, so you have to do something to combat that – at no point in time do you want him to show up on film and have people laugh. That’s what we’ve been able to find, between the tactical suit and the Ultimate suit. As the franchise goes on and you see more of me and Captain America, the suit will evolve into the Ultimate look, the hard-leather black look. The suit that he has in this movie is more of a military suit because it’s the first time you see it.”
With that kind of a uniform evolution already planned out it sure sounds like he’ll be returning for the third installment of ‘Captain America’ though I wouldn’t be too surprised if we also saw him in ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron‘ and possibly even the upcoming stand alone Black Widow movie.
For the full interview, make sure you pick up the latest issue of ‘Total Film’ magazine.
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Source: Total Film