Anthony Mackie On Suiting Up In CAPTAIN AMERICA 2; Joe Russo Talks Casting Emily VanCamp

Why exactly did Anthony & Joe Russo cast Emily VanCamp as Agent 13? And just how did Anthony Mackie feel suiting up as Falcon for the first time? Answers to these burning questions after the jump!



Of all the characters in next summer's Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Marvel has seemingly gone to great lengths to keep details to a minimum about Emily VanCamp's role as Agent 13 aka Sharon Carter (or Kate?) . While the Canadian actress revealed at Comic-Con that she'd be Cap's neighbor in the Marvel sequel, that's pretty much all we know. But speaking with Nylon magazine, co-director Joe Russo reveals, “We wanted someone that Cap would have an immediate interest in. It had to be a strong-willed person, and we felt that Emily’s work on Revenge was a great test tube for what this character could be. She’s obviously very credible with physicality, she holds the screen really well, and she even looks like the character from the books.” Hmm.

Meanwhile, Anthony Mackie had a great chat with Total Film about Michael Bay's Pain and Gain Blu-ray and DVD release. But evidently, his role as Sam Wilson aka the Falcon in Captain America: The Winter Soldier quickly became the topic of the Q&A. Firstly, was it difficult keeping a straight face in costume? “[Laughs] Not at all! The funny thing about that was, every time I put on the costume I felt kind of invincible. So It was more trying not to get in trouble! I felt a little ridiculous at first because you're a thirty-something-year-old man dressing like a cartoon hero, but after a while you start buying into it.” Earlier this month at Disney's D23 Expo, Mackie said that he didn't know if he would be taking wing as Falcon again in Marvel's The Avengers: Age of Ultron. So, has anything changed since then? “I'm under contract for a bunch of movies but I don't know if Avengers 2 is one of them. You've got a bunch of guys that get paid to go to work with their friends and have fun every day. Why wouldn't you want to be a part of that?” Anthony Mackie was then asked whether he got to keep his old school hat from 2011's The Adjustment Bureau, to which he replied: “They said no! [But] when I started [playing] the Falcon, I put in my contract that I get to keep my wings. Like, 'That's Falcon, bitch, on the wall, behind 'EMERGENCY: BREAK GLASS'!” What do you think?

After the cataclysmic events in New York with The Avengers, “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” finds Steve Rogers, aka Captain America, living quietly in Washington, D.C. and trying to adjust to the modern world. But when a S.H.I.E.L.D. colleague comes under attack, Steve becomes embroiled in a web of intrigue that threatens to put the world at risk. Joining forces with the Black Widow, Captain America struggles to expose the ever-widening conspiracy while fighting off professional assassins sent to silence him at every turn. When the full scope of the villainous plot is revealed, Captain America and the Black Widow enlist the help of a new ally, the Falcon. However, they soon find themselves up against an unexpected and formidable enemy — the Winter Soldier. Starring Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Sebastian Stan, Anthony Mackie, Cobie Smulders, Frank Grillo, Georges St-Pierre, Hayley Atwell, Toby Jones, Emily VanCamp and Maximiliano Hernández with Samuel L. Jackson and Robert Redford, “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” is directed by the team of Anthony & Joe Russo from a screenplay written by Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely and is based on the ever-popular Marvel comic book series, first published in 1941. Marvel Studios’ President Kevin Feige is producing the film. Executive producers on the project include Alan Fine, Louis D’Esposito, Victoria Alonso, Michael Grillo and Stan Lee. The creative production team on the film includes director of photography Trent Opaloch, production designer Peter Wenham, editors Jeffrey Ford, A.C.E. and Mary Jo Markey, A.C.E. and three time Oscar®-nominated costume designer Judianna Makovsky. “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” is set for release on April 4, 2014.

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