Before becoming a global superstar with his role as Sam Wilson/Falcon in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Anthony Mackie
became a breakthrough actor in Kathryn Bigelow
’s “The Hurt Locker
.” The war drama was an awards season darling, winning Oscars for Best Picture and Best Director, but one name that was left out of the race was Mackie’s. In a new interview with Men’s Health, Mackie admits to being hurt after not being included as one of the film’s nine Academy Award nominations.
“I put everything in that movie,” Mackie said. “That little fucker matters. We try to protect ourselves and say, ‘I’m doing the work for the work.’ But when that happened with ‘Hurt Locker,’ it hurt. I had to take a year off of work.”
When Mackie was ready to return to acting, he began lobbying hard for a role in the up-and-coming Marvel Cinematic Universe.