Anthony Mackie Says He Took a 1-Year Acting Break After Getting Snubbed for an Oscar: 'It Hurt'
Anthony Mackie graduated Juilliard, earned a SAG Award nomination and plays a Marvel superhero. But he admits that one setback in his life caused him to put his acting career on hold: not receiving an Oscar nomination for 2008’s The Hurt Locker, which got nine other nods from the Academy.
“That little f—er matters,” Mackie, 40, said told Men’s Health in the July/August issue of the Oscar nomination. “We try to protect ourselves and say, ‘I’m doing the work for the work.’ But when that happened with Hurt Locker, it hurt. I had to take a year off of work.”
During that year — which also included Mackie becoming a dad for the first time and losing his father — the actor turned his efforts to restoring a 1964 Mustang convertible. “I sat in my garage and I built a car,” Mackie said. “It was very, very therapeutic.”
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Mackie eventually dove back into work and joined the Marvel Universe as Falcon, thanks to one to-the-point email he sent to the studio asking for any role they’d give him.
“My line was ‘Yo, I’m the black dude from The Hurt Locker. I would love to work with you guys,’” he revealed.
“Growing up, I’d always loved Falcon, because he was a comic book hero who was black who didn’t have ‘Black’ in the title,” the New Orleans native said. “He stood on his morals. He stood on who he was.”