With director John Hillcoat’s (The Road, Lawless) Triple 9 opening this weekend, I recently sat down with Anthony Mackie for an extended video interview. During our wide ranging conversation he talked about working with the all-star cast, memorable moments from filming, making characters relatable to the audience, and more. In addition Mackie talked about playing Martin Luther King, Jr. in Jay Roach’s HBO movie All the Way, where his saying “cut the check” originated, Robert Downey Jr.’s amazing base camp set up on Captain America: Civil War and his first sit-down with the actor on set.
If you haven’t seen any of the trailers, scripted by Matt Cook, Triple 9 follows an interconnected web of thieves and corrupt officers who plan to murder a cop in order to draw attention away from the heist they’ll be pulling on the other side of town. The film features an all-star cast made up of Mackie, Casey Affleck, Woody Harrelson, Kate Winslet, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Aaron Paul, Gal Gadot, Teresa Palmer, and Norman Reedus.
On chasing this movie and his reaction to the all-star cast.
- Was there an actor he was really excited to work with for the first time?
- What is it about director John Hillcoat that draws in all-star talent?
- Is there a day or two he’ll always remember from filming?
- When was the first time he used “Cut the check”?
- Does he say it for every movie?
- Describing Robert Downey Jr.’s base camp on Captain America: Civil War and his first sit-down with the actor on set.
- When making Captain America: The Winter Soldier, did he realize how good the film would turn out to be?
- Did he have the same experience on Civil War?
- On making characters relatable to the audience in Triple 9 and Marvel movies.
- On playing Martin Luther King, Jr. for Jay Roach’s HBO movie All the Way.