THE INEVITABLE DEFEAT OF MISTER AND PETE
ANTHONY MACKIE (Kris), 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 director 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 3 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
(Original Screenplay), and three other nods. 2009 also saw Mackie re-visit the role of Tupac
Shakur in Fox Searchlight's Notorious B.I.G. 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. In 2011 Mackie was seen in
Universal Pictures' The Adjustment Bureau, which also featured Matt Damon and Emily Blunt,
as well as the Disney/Dreamworks feature Real Steel, which also starred Hugh Jackman.
Recent for Mackie is the feature Man on a Ledge with Sam Worthington and Elizabeth Banks
which was released on January 27th, 2012; the Timur Bekmanbetov directed Abraham Lincoln:
Vampire Hunter which was released on June 20, 2012; and the feature Ten Year in which he
co-starred with Channing Tatum, Kate Mara, Rosario Dawson, and Justin Long. Mackie is
featured in crime drama Gangster Squad which also stars Sean Penn, Josh Brolin, Emma
Stone, and Ryan Gosling which was released by Warner Bros. on January 11th, 2013. Mackie
most recently appeared in the Michael Bay directed Pain & Gain, starring alongside Mark
Wahlberg and Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson. Film was released by Paramount on April 26th,
2013 and opened up as the #1 film earning over $20 million in its first weekend. Next up is the dramatic
thriller The Fifth Estate starring alongside Benedict Cumberbatch, Stanley Tucci, and Daniel
BrÃ¼hl set to be released by Disney on October 18, 2013.
Mackie will soon join the Marvel Comics family playing Sam Wilson/The Falcon in the upcoming
Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Mackie will be starring alongside Scarlett Johansson,
Chris Evans, and Sebastian Stan with filming set to begin in 2013, Captain America: The Winter
Solider is set to be released on April 4th, 2014.
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