Obie Award-winning actor Anthony Mackie graces the cover of the latest issue of Uptown magazine.
The 33-year-old actor, who recently starred in “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter,” spoke to the lifestyle glossy about his love of theatre; being an ordinary guy; and the difference between being famous and being a working actor.
Why he loves the theatre: “It’s instant gratification. I know now that in certain aspects of my life, I’m a whore for attention. I love to be onstage … and I love to say something and hear the audience respond. It’s a drug.”
On being an ordinary guy: “I think that’s my niche. Average guy. If your car breaks down, I’m your guy. If you need a heartthrob, I’m not your guy. I’m dead serious.”
How being famous is different from being a working actor: “There’s a difference between being a working actor and being a celebrity … If you’re in this field you have to ask yourself that in the beginning and be honest with yourself. If you want to be a celebrity go after that 100 percent. If you want to be a working actor, it may mean doing a play that no one sees, but you love the craft.”
The New Orleans-bred thespian is reportedly now in negotiations to star in “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” as Sam Wilson, the superhero best known as the Falcon.
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