Anthony Mackie is about as personable and charming as one can get. The 38-year old actor who first caught our attention in, The Hurt Locker is showing off his acting chops in the new action-packed thriller Triple 9.
In Triple 9, Mackie portrays a bad cop with a nagging conscious. The film starts out with an incredible freeway chase with bullets flying as armed thieves make their getaway following a bank robbery in broad daylight. Unhappy with the results, ruthless gangster Irina Vlaslov orders the men to pull off another job. One member of the team is Marcus Belmont (Anthony Mackie), a crooked cop who gets saddled with Chris Allen (Casey Affleck), his new but incorruptible police partner. As Belmont and his cohorts lay the groundwork for the heist, they come up with a devious plan to use Allen as their pawn. Quite the ensemble film, the great cast includes Kate Winslet as a ruthless Russian mob boss, Woody Harrelson as Affleck's uncle -- who's also a cop -- and Chiwetel Ejiofor, Norman Reedus and Aaron Paul as members of Mackie's bank-robbing gang.
Mackie, who was born in Louisianna, has been featured in films, television series, and Broadway and Off-Broadway plays, including Ma Rainey's Black Bottom, Drowning Crow, McReele, A Soldier's Play, and Carl Hancock Rux's Talk, for which he won an Obie Award in 2002.
In 2002, he was featured in Eminem's debut film, 8 Mile. He was nominated for Independent Spirit Award for Best Actor for his role in Brother to Brother. His second nomination was for Best Supporting Actor at the 2009 Independent Spirit Awards for his role in The Hurt Locker. In 2014, he joined the Marvel Cinematic Universe as Sam Wilson / Falcon, making his first appearance in Captain America: The Winter Soldier.We will see him next in Captain America: Civil War where he will reprise his role as Falcon.
During a promotional stop for Triple 9 in Toronto, I spoke with Anthony Mackie about playing a bad cop and why he enjoyed it so much, the role he'd really love to play alongside his dream leading lady and who surprised him most from his Triple 9 co-stars.
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