by Natalie P. McNeal | Photography by Dean Freeman | Styling by Memsor Kamaraké
Actually, he’s been here for years. Looks like quality is the order of the day for actor Anthony Mackie.
If you ever try to get actor Anthony Mackie drunk at the bar, he may just give you the script. Between sips of Grand Marnier on the rocks at the trendy Viceroy Miami Hotel, he will tell you that he’s just an ordinary guy.
“I think that’s my niche. Average guy,” Mackie says. “If your car breaks down, I’m your guy. If you need a heartthrob, I’m not your guy. I’m dead serious.”
Mackie tries to be convincing about this after a full day of shooting swoon-worthy photos for this article during a rainy weekend in Miami, where he’s on location ﬁlming an upcoming dark comedy called Pain and Gain, starring other not-your-average-guys Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Mark Wahlberg.
Since graduating from The Juilliard School, Mackie, 33, has more than 30 movies under his belt, as well as Broadway plays and Shakespeare in the Park. His roles are as diverse as the genres in which he practices his craft. He’s played the gamut, from late rapper Tupac Shakur in Notorious to an Army sergeant in The Hurt Locker to a gay politician in the comedy What’s Your Number?. This month, he takes on what may be one of his most unconventional roles as William H. Johnson, the 16th president’s caddy and chauﬀeur in Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter.
Timur Bekmambetov, director of Vampire Hunter, says that a signiﬁcant factor in casting Mackie is that he shares many of the qualities of his character in the ﬁlm. “Anthony has a very strong personality and at the same time a unique sense of humor,” says Bekmambetov. “Any second when you have a diﬃcult part [during ﬁlming], Anthony will make a joke and everyone is happy again.