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I’m not Josh Brolin or Ryan Gosling. They’re more noir than I.
– Anthony Mackie
I’m a firm believer in people who love what they do.
Every time I get mad, I grab my hammer and make a bookshelf or something.
I just don’t understand how people can get so caught up in having their picture taken.
Most of my movies are indies. The best scripts I can find are independent films. But I love big-budget movies, I love craft services!
If the acting don’t work out, I’ll have a future in construction.
So I feel like success is opportunity plus preparation, so work begets work, and as long as you’re prepared it’s going to continue to come your way.
I would love to be a superhero.
The stage is my first love.
Money always changes the game, when you let a dollar come between you and your friends, your cohorts.
The choices that we make through our lives, the people who intersect us on our path kind of change what our fated destiny is. So some of us are lucky enough for the choices that we make to keep us on our path.
I like movies. Movies have afforded me a modicum of luxuries. The thing about the movies is, if you’re bad in a movie, you’re bad forever.
Everybody knows when you’ve got a role in a Spike Lee movie, you’re gonna blow up. But I happen to be the only person who’s had the lead in the two Spike Lee movies nobody saw.
At Juilliard, I couldn’t afford to have fun. I went to school and stayed home.
Instead of becoming an engineer like my brother, I moved to New York to be an actor.
If you look at the true essence of the Black Panthers, they were more of a community protection group.
I was raised with a sense of entrepreneurship – my father owned a roofing business, and I grew up with the idea that you never want someone telling you what you can and cannot do.
With all the movies I’ve done, I still get recognized from my episode of ‘Law & Order’ more than anything else. It never fails.
I got a job as soon as I graduated from school. I always wanted to bartend because I love listening to people and how awful their lives are.
If everyone invested in the neighborhood they lived in, the United States would be a magical place.
You never see girls running after engineers.
I did this movie with Spike Lee called ‘Sucker Free City,’ and that would have to be my favorite role by far. It was just so much fun to work with Spike and shoot in San Francisco.
Art-school girls are very nice.
There are a lot of limitations and stigmas that are placed on young actors, specifically young black actors.
I went to school and made good grades and went to college. So I was afforded an opportunity through my parents’ hard work that most people don’t have.
In New Orleans, where I’m from, the average household income, with two working parents, two kids, a dog and a little fence is $16,000 a year, so $15,000 for a movie sounds pretty good.