50 Light-Hearted Anthony Mackie Quotes

Which are your favorite Anthony Mackie quotes?

Anthony Mackie is an American actor and film producer. He has earned several awards including the ‘Black Reel Award’ for the ‘Best Supporting Actor’. He is best known for playing Sam Wilson / Falcon in ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’.

Mackie appeared in a number of films including ‘8 Mile’, ‘The Hurt Locker’, ‘Night Catches Us’, ‘The Adjustment Bureau’, ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’, ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ and ‘Captain America: Civil War’.

Here’s our collection of the best Anthony Mackie quotes:


50 Light-Hearted Anthony Mackie Quotes

1. “I went to school and made good grades and went to college. So I was afforded an opportunity through my parents’ hard work that most people don’t have.” – Anthony Mackie

2. “Most of my movies are indies. The best scripts I can find are independent films. But I love big-budget movies, I love craft services!” – Anthony Mackie

3. “With being an Avenger there’s not really a hierarchy. Everybody gets to make decisions, everybody’s put in a position to save the day as opposed to standing there while one person flies in and saves the day and you’re like, “Good job!” Avengers is really a team effort.” – Anthony Mackie

4. “I work out every day just to keep in shape. I feel like I never want to get stuck in a position where when you need somebody with great arms, you call Anthony Mackie. That hasn’t been the calling card for my career, and nor do I want it to be.” – Anthony Mackie

5. “If everyone invested in the neighborhood they lived in, the United States would be a magical place.” – Anthony Mackie

6. “One thing that I’ve been very vocal about roles I take, and my representation has been very smart about, is that I didn’t go to Juilliard to be “Thug #2″ in movies.” – Anthony Mackie

7. “I’m not Josh Brolin or Ryan Gosling. They’re more noir than I.” – Anthony Mackie

8. “If you look at the true essence of the Black Panthers, they were more of a community protection group.” – Anthony Mackie

9. “There was this rapper from New Orleans, Mystikal, who when I hear his music, I hear myself. Whenever I wanna get hyped, I put on Mystikal.” – Anthony Mackie


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10. “I like to be challenged. I’d say that about 40% of the roles I’ve done have been written for white men.” – Anthony Mackie


11. “Most of the time when you see a movie, the best character in the movie is not “the guy,” it’s the guy next to the guy.” – Anthony Mackie

12. “I was raised with a sense of entrepreneurship – my father owned a roofing business, and I grew up with the idea that you never want someone telling you what you can and cannot do.” – Anthony Mackie

13. “I’m definitely not a muscle builder or a guy that’s interested in being a muscle builder. It feels good to get back down to a normal size. Not like a hipster size or a buff-guy size, but just a normal, 34-waist guy.” – Anthony Mackie

14. “I love what I do. If I have the opportunity to do what I do with people I admire, it’s 10 times better.” – Anthony Mackie

15. “I haven’t been able to grasp the concept of putting your life on the line for whatever reason people go into the military for. Some people just want to pay their bills, some people believe in their country and some people do it because their parents did it, but that’s rough.” – Anthony Mackie

16. “The great thing about it is, in Hollywood, certain people are very good at keeping their lives and who they are very private. I’ve never met anybody as down to earth and cool in Hollywood than Matt Damon.” – Anthony Mackie

17. “With all the movies I’ve done, I still get recognized from my episode of ‘Law & Order’ more than anything else. It never fails.” – Anthony Mackie

18. “Money always changes the game, when you let a dollar come between you and your friends, your cohorts.” – Anthony Mackie

19. “Every time I get mad, I grab my hammer and make a bookshelf or something.” – Anthony Mackie


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20. “What was funny, going to the gym, you see all these guys who are just massive. There’s no way a person can naturally get that way. In the gym, you meet these guys and you talk to them, and everybody’s really willing and open to explain to you what cycle they’re on and to help you get on it.” – Anthony Mackie


21. “It’s hard sometimes when you’re in a regular high school, you just feel like the odd kid out. The great thing about going to an art school [is] it’s kind of like it’s all the odd kids. It’s all the kids that don’t fit in at their regular schools, because you’re into something and excited about something that other kids really aren’t into. When you go to art school, everybody’s kind of on the same page.” – Anthony Mackie

22. “I like movies. Movies have afforded me a modicum of luxuries. The thing about the movies is, if you’re bad in a movie, you’re bad forever.” – Anthony Mackie

23. “So I feel like success is opportunity plus preparation, so work begets work, and as long as you’re prepared it’s going to continue to come your way.” – Anthony Mackie

24. “I’m a firm believe that a man looks his best in a suit and I feel like in the late 40’s people just dressed up to do everything.” – Anthony Mackie

25. “Some people just want to pay their bills, some people believe in their country and some people do it because their parents did it, but that’s rough.” – Anthony Mackie

26. “If I get the opportunity to be an actor and do some cool, fun and interesting projects, I’m going to do that.” – Anthony Mackie

27. “As actors, the great thing about our career is we get to change from role to role. I don’t want to be known as “put him in the movie because he has nice abs” guy.” – Anthony Mackie

28. “I’m a poet. I’m just a renaissance man in my heart. I can build shelves and I can write poetry.” – Anthony Mackie

29. “I just don’t understand how people can get so caught up in having their picture taken.” – Anthony Mackie


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30. “Hollywood’s a business, and until someone puts their finger on you and decides you’re the guy who’s going to carry that movie, it’s not going to happen.” – Anthony Mackie


31. “It’s because the idea of what’s cool is different. When you talk to a girl who goes to regular school, what’s cool is whether or not you’ve been to jail, or if you have a car. If you talk to a girl who goes to art school, what’s cool to her is if you do art projects on the weekend with your dad, if you can build something – out-of-the-norm stuff.” – Anthony Mackie

32. “Not too many people can say they love what they do and they really like the people they work with.” – Anthony Mackie

33. “There are a lot of limitations and stigmas that are placed on young actors, specifically young black actors.” – Anthony Mackie

34. “Playing somebody who’s real, you can bring all kind of nuances and things to him that you get from source material and things like that, but the more popular or known the person is, the more impossible it is. To get it right, that is the goal.” – Anthony Mackie

35. “Everybody knows when you’ve got a role in a Spike Lee movie, you’re gonna blow up. But I happen to be the only person who’s had the lead in the two Spike Lee movies nobody saw.” – Anthony Mackie

36. “Acting is the only medium were people think they can just stand up and do it because they can say lines, but that is not so much the case. You have to study styles and techniques.” – Anthony Mackie

37. “For me, Christmas is about family, loving, forgiveness, compassion, understanding and comradery.” – Anthony Mackie

38. “I enjoy where I am and I don’t have a problem with being Steve Buscemi, Stanley Tucci, Don Cheadle, or Jeffrey Wright. They’re not the lead of every movie they’re in, but every time you see them they’re really good.” – Anthony Mackie

39. “At Juilliard, I couldn’t afford to have fun. I went to school and stayed home.” – Anthony Mackie


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40. “I think you can only be outgoing when the person you’re talking to is outgoing. I can be outgoing if I want to be if you meet me halfway.” – Anthony Mackie


41. “I’m a firm believer in people who love what they do.” – Anthony Mackie

42. “I did this movie with Spike Lee called ‘Sucker Free City,’ and that would have to be my favorite role by far. It was just so much fun to work with Spike and shoot in San Francisco.” – Anthony Mackie

43. “I’m not Martin Luther King. I can’t be Martin Luther King. The only thing I can do is present what I feel the essence of Martin Luther King is.” – Anthony Mackie

44. “Do you want to be an actor, or do you want to be a celebrity? I made that decision when I went to Juilliard. I wanted to be an actor. So, if I get the opportunity to be an actor and do some cool, fun and interesting projects, I’m going to do that.” – Anthony Mackie

45. “If the acting don’t work out, I’ll have a future in construction.” – Anthony Mackie

46. “Practice your improv more than learn your lines. ‘Cause there’s no way you’ll be able to learn all those lines in a short time. You have to realize what you know and what you don’t know – and what you don’t know, just come up with three alternate lines or improv that you can put in that spot.” – Anthony Mackie

47. “Even though homelessness reaches into the depths of despair, there’s also a pride and beauty in it, as well.” – Anthony Mackie

48. “As an actor, the only thing we can do is play the truth at that moment. Because at any point in time if you play the future, or you play that you know something that the audience does not know, it kills the illusion of reality.” – Anthony Mackie

49. “I got a job as soon as I graduated from school. I always wanted to bartend because I love listening to people and how awful their lives are.” – Anthony Mackie

50. “The choices that we make through our lives, the people who intersect us on our path kind of change what our fated destiny is. So some of us are lucky enough for the choices that we make to keep us on our path.” – Anthony Mackie



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