MAN ON A LEDGE
ANTHONY MACKIE (Mike Ackerman) who was classically trained
at the Julliard
School of Drama, is a great and talented young actor who is able to capture a
plethora of characters.
Mackie was discovered after receiving rave reviews while playing Tupac
Shakur in the off Broadway Up Against the Wind. Immediately following, Mackie
made an auspicious film debut as Eminem's nemesis, Papa Doc, in Curtis
Hanson's 8 Mile. His performance caught the attention of Spike Lee, who
subsequently cast Mackie in the 2004 Toronto Film Festival Masters Program
selection Sucker Free City and She Hate Me. He also appeared in Clint
Eastwood's Academy Award -winning Million Dollar Baby, opposite Hilary
Swank, Morgan Freeman and Eastwood, as well as in Jonathan Demme's The
Manchurian Candidate, alongside Denzel Washington and Liev Schreiber, and
the comedy The Man, starring Samuel L. Jackson.
Mackie earned IFP Spirit and Gotham Award nominations for his
performance in Rodney Evans' Brother to Brother, which won the 2004 Special
Dramatic Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival and Best First Feature at the
Independent Spirit Awards. In 2005, he appeared opposite David Strathairn,
Timothy Hutton and Leelee Sobieski in Heavens Fall, based on the historic
Scottsboro Boys' trials, an independent feature that premiered at the 2006 SXSW
Film Festival in Austin.
Mackie also had five features on movie screens in 2006. In addition to We
Are Marshall, he starred in Half Nelson, with Ryan Gosling, adapted from
Ryan Fleck's Sundance-winning short Gowanus Brooklyn; in Preston Whitmore's
Crossover; in Frank E. Flowers ensemble crime drama Haven, opposite Orlando
Bloom and Bill Paxton; and in the film adaptation of Richard Price's
Freedomland, starring Samuel L. Jackson.
Intertwined throughout his film career, Mackie was seen in several
theatrical performances both on and off Broadway. Mackie made his Broadway
debut as the stuttering nephew, Sylvester, alongside Whoopi Goldberg in August
Wilson's Ma Rainey's Black Bottom. Next he was seen as the lead in Regina
King's modern retelling of Chekov's The Seagull, starred in Stephen Belber's
McReele for the Roundabout Theatre Company, and starred in the Pulitzer Prize
winning play Soldier's Play as a character made famous by Denzel Washington
20 years prior. Most recently, Mackie was part of the production of August
Wilson's 20th Century at the esteemed Kennedy Center where they performed
stage readings of all 10 plays in August Wilson's cycle. Mackie participated in
of the 10 shows and hopes to return to the stage soon.
In 2009 Mackie was seen as Sgt. JT Sanborn in Kathryn Bigelow's The
Hurt Locker, a film that not only earned Anthony an Independent Spirit Award
nomination but also earned Academy Awards for Best Motion Picture of the
Year, Best Achievement in Directing, Best Writing, and 3 other nods. 2009 also
saw Mackie re-visit the role of Tupac Shakur in Fox Searchlight's Notorious BIG
biopic Notorious and he also starred as Major William Bowman in the
Dreamworks film Eagle Eye. In 2010 Mackie returned to Broadway starring in
Martin McDonough's latest creation A Behanding In Spokane. He also reunited
with Kerry Washington in the drama Night Catches Us which was released by
Magnolia Pictures on December 3rd, 2010. Most recently Mackie was seen in
Universal Pictures The Adjustment Bureau, which also featured Matt Damon and
Emily Blunt. Next up is the Disney/Dreamworks feature Real Steel, also starring
Hugh Jackman and set for release on October 7th, 2011. Mackie recently
wrapped two films, the feature Ten Year in which he co-starred with Channing
Tatum, Kate Mara, Rosario Dawson, and Justin Long and the Timur
Bekmanbetov directed Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter. Mackie is currently
filming the crime drama Gangster Squad in Los Angeles. Film also stars Sean
Penn, Emma Stone, and Ryan Gosling.
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