2013: The Year Of The Mack! Anthony Mackie Talks “Gangster Squad” And Big Upcoming Roles

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Actor Anthony Mackie may have been flying under your radar the past few years, but he’s ready to take center stage in 2013. With five films slated for release this year, Mackie is sure to be a household name in a matter of months. Today, his first film of the year, Gangster Squad, hits theaters. He plays a police officer fighting to bring down crime in Los Angeles in the ’40s.

ESSENCE.com caught up with Mackie to gab about all things gangster, including what brings out his inner badass and playing the first Black superhero in the new Captain America film and more.

On being the only black man in a gangsta movie:

“It’s great! My goal when I started to be an actor was to do a gangster film and a Western. If I could do my whole career in Westerns I would be happy. When this came up I was really excited to knock that off my list.”

On his role (he plays a cop) and his inner gangster:

“There are so many facets to the term “gangster.” There are so many different periods of people being gangsters. In the 1940’s being a gangster was all about style and charisma. They were celebrities. The newspapers and everybody would make them larger than life. It was more so about the show and personality than it was being a hard A$$. My thing is when someone does or says something slick to a young lady I’m with then I have to have a conversation with them.”

We love that Anthony Mackie is always working and always playing different characters. Check out the rest at ESSENCE.

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