The Falcon actor admitted that he was gutted after getting an Oscar snub for his role in The Hurt Locker.
The war film garnered a whopping total of nine Oscar nominations. This included a Best Actor nomination from Mackie’s fellow Avengers co-star, Jeremy Renner.
Speaking in a cover interview for Men’s Health, Mackie said about the iconic film: “I put everything I had into that movie.” But now, very few people remember the actor from the film. Although the actor tried giving the Academy Awards a snub back, in the end, he couldn’t deny the rejection.
“That little fucker matters,” he said, referring to the award. “We try and protect ourselves and say, ‘I’m doing the work for the work.’ But when that happened with Hurt Locker, it hurt. I had to take a year off.”
The actor revealed taking a year off for an acting hiatus after the heartbreaking incident. But the heartbreak didn’t stop there. The year before, Mackie’s father died after being displaced following Hurricane Katrina. But it was the right time to step away from the limelight as the actor welcomed his first son.
Mackie continued to say that spending a year at home in New Orleans to restore a 1964 Mustang by hand gave him some peace of mind. “It was very, very therapeutic,” he said.
Regarding how he ended up scoring his Marvel role as The Falcon, the actor said:
“My line was: ‘Yo, I’m the black dude from The Hurt Locker. I would love to work with you guys.”
Now, Mackie is the next to carry the role of Captain America.