Friday, August 12, 2022

Anthony Mackie Calls Out Marvel for Lack of Diversity Behind-the-Scenes [VIDEO]

*Anthony Mackie recently chopped it up with actor Daveed Diggs about the lack of diversity on the set of Marvel movies. 

In an episode of Variety‘s Actors on Actors series, the two spoke about the responsibility that influencers have to push for greater representation behind the scenes, Complex reports. 

“We definitely have the power and the ability to ask those questions,” Macki said. “It really bothered me that I’ve done seven Marvel movies now [where] every producer, every director, every stunt person, every costume designer, every PA, every single person has been white,” he explained. 

“We’ve had one Black producer, his name was Nate Moore. He produced Black Panther. But then when you do Black Panther you have a Black director, Black producer, you have a Black costume designer, you have a Black stunt choreographer. And I’m like, that’s more racist than anything else. Because if you only can hire the Black people for the Black movie, are you saying they’re not good enough when you have a mostly white cast?”

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Anthony Mackie

Mackie has appeared in several Marvel films, including “Captain America: Civil War” and “Avengers: Endgame”.

As for how he would like to see Marvel change its practices, Mackie said, “My big push with Marvel is hire the best person for the job. Even if it means we’re going to get the best two women, we’re going to get the best two men. Fine. I’m cool with those numbers for the next 10 years. Because it starts to build a new generation of people who can put something on their résumé to get them other jobs. If we’ve got to divvy out as a percentage, divvy it out. And that’s something as leading men that we can go in and push for.”

Scroll up and watch their fill interview via the clip above. The Marvel conversation starts around 16 minutes.

Meanwhile, Mackie’s Sam “Falcon” Wilson character from “Avengers: Endgame” will carry on the legacy of Captain America in the new Disney+ series “The Falcon & The Winter Soldier.”

Production officially began in the fall of 2018 at Pinewood Atlanta Studios in Atlanta, Georgia, and was set to move to Puerto Rico for a two-week shoot, but that was canceled earlier this year due to the earthquake.

“The Falcon and Winter Soldier” is set to be the first Marvel Studios series to debut on Disney Plus.

Ny MaGee
Ny MaGee is an entertainment reporter with over 15 years of experience working in the film industry in areas including production and post-production, marketing, distribution, and acquisitions. She has worked for legendary film producer Roger Corman, Quentin Tarantino's production team at Miramax, the late Larry Flynt, MTV/ VH1, Hallmark Channel, Paramount, Jim Henson Co., Parade Magazine, and various LA-based companies representing above-the-line talent.

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