by Brett White
While promoting his upcoming film "Pain & Gain" to Screenrant, Anthony Mackie talked about his role as the Falcon in "Captain America: The Winter Soldier," including his involvement in "Avengers 2," his work out regiment and whether or not Falcon will be able to talk to birds. Mackie's not shy about the role, often coming across as incredibly passionate about the character. When asked if he would stay ripped for "Avengers 2," Mackie replied:
"I hope so. I hope. I don’t know if I'm in 'Avengers 2' yet, but if I am, I'm definitely going to do my damnedest to try." I definitely echo Mackie's sentiment, as Falcon was one of the five heroes I want to see in the sequel.
Mackie talked more about his workout routine a bit, noting that his "Pain & Gain" muscles had to differ from his "Winter Soldier" muscles.
"I've toned up and trimmed down a lot for 'Winter Soldier.' Playing the Falcon, he's supposed to be flying around. If you have all those muscles, flying would be very difficult. And Chris Evans isn't a big guy at all, so I felt like it would be a huge disservice for me to show up and be 210 lbs and stand next to him. So I just kind of slimmed down and toned up so we would look like we are in the same movie."
The film's so far done a decent job of translating Falcon to film, especially considering the bright red wings and avian sidekicks he's known for in the comic books. When asked if Falcon's more interesting characteristics will make it to the big screen, Mackie played coy.
"What they do is the Falcon has had two or three incarnations over the life of the character, so they took all three and formed it into one character. They released the photos of my character in his uniform about two weeks ago, so all of that stuff we're figuring out and we're going to play into taking down the Winter Soldier."
So don't rule out bird telepathy just yet. But whether or not Redwing is included, Mackie assures fans that he's very proud to be playing Falcon on the big screen. Falcon, who debuted in 1969's "Captain America" #117, is regarded as the first African-American superhero in mainstream comics (Black Panther, who hails from the fictional African nation of Wakanda and debuted three years prior, is regarded as the first black superhero).
"I'm pretty confident that the character that I'll create will be a man of dignity and respect, and he'll stand on his own in a way that's a great representation of the culture that he comes from."
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