“Avengers: Endgame” star Anthony Mackie spoke out about the cast and crew of “Black Panther” and suggested studios should “hire best person for the job” regardless of race.
“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,” the 41-year-old actor explained during an interview for “Variety’s Actors on Actors issue” with Daveed Diggs. The piece was recently noted by ComicBookMovie.com. (RELATED: Disney Announces Full Cast Of Live-Action ‘Lion King’ Reboot)
“And I’m like, that’s more racist than anything else,” he added. “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?”(RELATED: ‘Black Panther’ Is A Quasi-Religious Atonement For White Guilt)
Mackie went on to explain that his “big push with Marvel, with everybody is, you know, 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, we’re going to get the best two…the best two this, fine. It starts to build a new generation of people who can put something on their resume to get them other jobs.”
Later in the clip, he spilled a bit of information about the upcoming Disney Plus series “The Falcon and the Winter Soldier” in which he will reprise his “Avengers” role as Falcon and said filming has been similar to other Marvel projects, per Variety in a piece published Sunday.
“‘The Falcon and the Winter Soldier’ will also look like a Marvel movie,” Mackie shared. “We’re shooting it exactly like a movie.”
“Everybody who had worked on TV before was like, ‘I’ve never worked on a TV show like this,'” he added. “The way in which we were shooting, it feels exactly like we were shooting the movie cut up into the show. So instead of a two-hour movie, a six or eight-hour movie.”