‘Anthony Mackie’ The Reluctant Heartthrob For UPTOWN June/July 2012 !

Anthony Mackie represents Uptown June/July Issue. Mackie is an American actor and has been featured in films, television series and Broadway and Off-Broadway plays, including Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, Drowning Crow, McReele, A Soldier’s Play, and Talk.

Here’s some highlights from the issue:

Mackie insists he’s simply an ordinary guy:

 ”I think that’s my niche. Average guy. If your car breaks down, I’m your guy. If you need a heartthrob, I’m not your guy. I’m dead serious.”

On Fame:

 “There’s a difference between being a working actor and being a celebrity … If you’re in this field you have to ask yourself that in the beginning and be honest with yourself. If you want to be a celebrity go after that 100 percent. If you want to be a working actor, it may mean doing a play that no one sees, but you love the craft.”

On buying the hype:

 “Everybody was like ‘This is it, dog, you’re blowing up. I bought into it thinking that my ‘Denzel time’ had come. I was left there with egg on my face.”

On catching the acting bug:

 “I was reading and doing stuff that nobody else in school was. I’m in ninth grade reading Chekhov, Ibsen, and Shakespeare. I was doing plays downtown. It was fun.”

On settling in New Orleans:

 “I want to go somewhere and sit on a bench, talk to my neighbor, drink bad beer, and talk to people who I like.”

On his first love, theater:

“It’s instant gratification. I know now that in certain aspects of my life, I’m a whore for attention. I love to be onstage … and I love to say something and hear the audience respond. It’s a drug.”

On his legacy:

“I love where I am right now. If I grow up to be Don Cheadle, I’m very happy with that.”

His new film Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter releases June 20 (UK) and June 22 (USA)

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