Speaking at the premiere of Altered Carbon, the 41-year-old actor addressed taking on the persona of the fictional superhero as a black man.
“With the idea of being a black man and becoming Captain America, it’s been a daunting task because I think, at this day and age in America, I think we are open-minded to the idea of having my face represent us, as a country,” Anthony shared. “And my race represent us as a country because we’re truly a melting pot. So there is no distinctive look or feel or design of an American. We’re all Americans.”
He adds, “To be Captain America, I want my Captain America to represent everybody. Not just a specific group of people.”
Anthony also discussed how fans will get to know Sam more in the series, which launches in August.
“You really get to know Sam Wilson. You really get to know Bucky Barnes, as individuals and human beings and their thoughts and feelings. So, I’m excited for people to see that part of Sam because in Avengers and in Captain America, he really was just like there for a brief time whenever Steve needed him. But now you get to see the ins and outs of his home life,” he says.
He continued, “So these shows are very different than the movies. These shows are art pieces. They are individual… They’re not origin stories. They’re more a day in the life story.”
Check out his answer in full below, and watch the first look at the series HERE!
I talked to Anthony Mackie and the rest of the #AlteredCarbon cast about the show’s great second season, but I had to get some scoop on ‘The Falcon and The Winter Soldier’ and his thoughts about Captain America being a Black man pic.twitter.com/Te9Xs2OcRG
— Trey Mangum (@treymangum) February 27, 2020