Anthony Mackie Video Interview On 'Man On A Ledge'
Anthony Mackie, best known for his performance in 2009’s Academy Award-winning The Hurt Locker, stars in the up-coming thriller Man on a Ledge. In the film, which has an all-star cast including actors Sam Worthington, Jamie Bell, Kyra Sedgwick, Edward Burns, Elizabeth Banks and Ed Harris, Mackie plays a police psychologist who tries to reason with Nick (Worthington), a suicidal man who climbs to 21st floor of the Roosevelt hotel in New York City and is ready to leap down.
For Mackie, the film was a new experience. “I give the clues and the ideas to figure out the drama that is unfolding with Sam Worthington. So, I had never played a character like that, so I wanted to try and see if I was able to carry a suspense-thriller or if I would fall flat on my face,” Mackie told Uinterview in an exclusive video interview.
According to Mackie, Man on a Ledge was a “really easy, fun movie to work on.” Nevertheless, Mackie didn’t agree with everything that director Asger Leth had in store. “We shot on the 22nd floor of the Roosevelt Hotel here in Manhattan and we were out on a ledge on the 22nd floor of this hotel and I didn’t get that. I asked the director, I was like, “Dude, we can shoot this standing on a dresser and people would believe us. Why are we up on the 22nd floor?” He was like, “But I need it to be real for YOU.” I didn’t get it, but seeing the movie, I think it paid off really well. It was a good choice,” Mackie said. Nevertheless, it appears, that Mackie is more afraid of spiders, than of heights.
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- Q: What about the story of 'Man On A Ledge' attracted you to the role? - Uinterview User
- A: The character I play, Mike Ackerman, basically the crux of the plot, the storyline, and the audience goes kind of the way he goes. I give the clues and the ideas to figure out the drama that is unfolding with Sam Worthington. So, I had never played a character like that, so I wanted to try and see if I was able to carry a suspense-thriller or if I would fall flat on my face. It was very important to me to live up to the name of the title of this film, 'Man On A Ledge.' It’s not two dudes on a ledge. It’s not a dude and his friend on a ledge. It’s one dude on a ledge. So, I was at, 'Wow, he was up on a ledge, supporting, but not on the ledge.'
- Q: ‘Man On A Ledge’ has an all-star cast. What was it like working with so many great actors? - Uinterview User
- A: When we started the film, I knew a bunch of people already. I knew Jamie Bell. I knew Sam just simply because of the 'Avatar'/'Hurt Locker' connection, when we were doing all the press and stuff during Oscar season. I knew Ed Burns a little bit simply because of New York. So, everybody was just really cool. It was a really easy, fun movie to work on. I don’t think we had one of those hard, unusually difficult days. We shot on the 22nd floor of the Roosevelt Hotel here in Manhattan and we were out on a ledge on the 22nd floor of this hotel and I didn’t get that. I asked the director, I was like, 'Dude, we can shoot this standing on a dresser and people would believe us. Why are we up on the 22nd floor?' He was like, 'But I need it to be real for YOU.' I didn’t get it, but seeing the movie, I think it paid off really well. It was a good choice.
- Q: What’s your greatest fear? Are you afraid of heights? - Uinterview User
- A: Spiders. I am bat-shit afraid of spiders. When we were doing 'Hurt Locker,' we were out in the Middle East and I came across a camel spider. Have you heard of these? Okay, a camel spider is the size of a small dog and they are the most vicious spiders you’ve ever come across. I mean, they’re huge. Their body is about that big [motions it] and after that, I was like, 'Okay, spiders must die.' So, every time I see a spider, I step on it. So, now my New Year’s resolution was not to kill a spider in 2012. But would you believe that the average person eats 3 spiders a year? Google it! How about that, Playboy? That’s a plug!
- Q: Your upcoming movie is 'Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Slayer.' What drew you to such an eccentric project? - Uinterview User
- A: Well, 'Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter' is great, just simply because it’s an authentic character in a fictitious story. So, I tried to keep as true to the reality of the character as possible while allowing him to live the reality of the movie. So, I approached him just like I would approach anybody else, but knowing that he’s a historical figure, I tried to bring a little more gravitas to his being.
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