Anthony Mackie

Anthony Mackie
ESSENCE.COM Jul, 20, 2009

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Anthony Mackie is back on the big screen as a soldier in Iraq in “The Hurt Locker,” in theaters July 24.

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Anthony Mackie and Jamal Woodard as Tupac and Biggie respectively, on the set of “Notorious.”

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Mackie plays Shawrelle Berry in “Million Dollar Baby,” alongside Hollywood heavyweights Clint Eastwood, Hilary Swank and Morgan Freeman. The film won the Oscar for Best Picture in
2005.

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In 2006’s “We Are Marshall,” a drama set in the seventies, Mackie drew acclaim for his role as Nate Ruffin.

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Mackie stars as Hammer in 2004’s “Haven” opposite Joy Bryant, Orlando Bloom and Zoe Saldana.

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Mackie’s drug-dealing character Frank in the critically acclaimed “Half Nelson” is one of his best roles.

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Mackie showed his athletic skills in “Crossover” in 2006.

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The veteran actor plays “Booty” in the 2005 action comedy “The Man.”

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Mackie’s character John in Spike Lee’s “She Hate Me” is the most like his actual self, he says.

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Tupac wasn’t the first rapper Mackie played, as he battled Eminem’s semiautobiographical character in “8 Mile.”

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