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Anthony Mackie Agreed With Quentin Tarantino’s ‘No Movie Stars’ Comment Years Before He Said It

Quentin Tarantino has received a flurry of backlash for his comments that Marvel stars are “not movie stars.” However, it seems the new Captain America agrees with him, but just had a better way of explaining the thought process behind it. In his recent interview with the 2 Bears, 1 Cave podcast, Tarantino seemed to disparage actors who appear as Marvel characters, saying, “They’re not movie stars, are they? An old interview with Anthony Mackie from 2018 has now resurfaced, and it may offer a different perspective on the same comment.

Yahoo! Entertainment reported on a past appearance of Mackie, the new Captain America, at London Comic-Con, where he was seen making an almost identical statement to Tarantino. The main difference is that as a Marvel actor, Mackie explained exactly what he meant, but explaining that when it comes to movie audiences, there’s been a shift in how actors and their characters are perceived. He said:

“There are no more movie stars. For example, Anthony Mackie is not a movie star. The Falcon is a movie star. And that’s what’s weird. »

It’s almost verbatim the quote that Tarantino gave. However, Mackie continued:

“It was with Tom Cruise and Will Smith and Stallone and Schwarzenegger, when you went to the movies, you went to see Stallone’s movie. Now you will see… X-Men. Thus, the evolution of the superhero meant the death of the movie star. It’s just a different era now. Hollywood makes movies for specific audiences instead of just making good movies. And that’s why people stopped going to the movies, because most movies suck.

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As for Mackie’s comments, it’s clear he’s talking about movies outside of the MCU. Hollywood has invested in building franchises, and many other movements have simply coalesced around them. There are obviously always exceptions to this, with some really great standalone movies made over the past decade.

However, ‘movie stars’ still exist, with the names of actors like Ryan Reynolds, Dwayne Johnson and Tom Hanks still having the power to instantly give audiences an idea of ​​the type of film they are about to see. In Mackie’s comments, however, and partly to justify Tarantino’s soundbite, it’s true that, overall, the past decade has seen people say, “I’m going to see the new Doctor Strange movie” instead. that “I’m going to see Benedict Cumberbatch’s new movie.

Overall, though, that might not have changed much considering franchises have been around for a while. In the early days of cinema, audiences flocked to see the latest films by Marilyn Monroe or Marlon Brando. Since the ’60s, however, franchise films and sequels have changed that. The new James Bond movie, the new Rocky movie, and even the new Die Hard movie are examples of characters or franchises taking over from people wanting to see a Sean Connery, Stallone, or Bruce Willis movie.

Marvel’s box office dominance has furthered that kind of mindset more than ever, but ultimately, behind every good character is a good actor who brings them to life. Whether that’s precisely what Quentin Tarantino meant when he made his comment, there may be some truth to it when put into some sort of context.

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