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• After five years in the MCU, Marvel fans are sure to be used to Anthony Mackie as Falcon.
• But what if that was not the character he originally auditioned for?
• In fact, Mackie's original audition was for a very different character – a memorable villain.
After five films in the Marvel Universe – yes, since his debut in Captain America: The Winter Soldier, he is also in Avengers: Age of Ultron, Captain America: Civil War, Ant-Man, Avengers: Infinity War, and Avengers: Endgame – You're probably used to seeing Anthony Mackie as Sam Wilson fighting alongside Captain America, but what would you say if someone told you that Mackie was originally for a role in another Marvel story had auditioned – and for a rogue?
In an interview for the July / August cover of Men's Health we learned the truth about Mackie's introduction to the Marvel Cinematic Universe: He was not always the hawk. As it turns out, his first MCU audition was for a key role in Iron Man 3 : The Mandarin . This role was ultimately played by Ben Kingsley, another actor in almost every possible way.
It's no secret that Mackie and 75-year-old Kingsley are not exactly alike. But the would-be Mandarin understood what mattered to the forces.
"If you make a movie about whoever, if you can get Ben Kingsley or Anthony Mackie, you'll get Ben Kingsley," he said. "If you make a damn biography of Michael Jordan and get Ben Kingsley, you'll get Ben Kingsley."
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