Next year, Mackie will tackle the role of the falcon in Captain America: The Winter Soldier, the next installment in the Marvel cinematic universe series. Like his part in Pain & Gain, playing the falcon also required bulking up; but the focus of Mackie’s preparation has been more mental. “The falcon was massive—6'4" and 240 pounds—so for me it’s about the story and his relationship with Captain America,” says Mackie, who stands 5'10" and weighs about 180 pounds. “I’ve been breathing life into this guy that most people don’t know about unless [they’re into] the world of comic books.”
Mackie has also signed on for Hands in the Sky, the story of legendary track-and- field athlete Jesse Owens and his triumph at the 1936 Olympic Games in Berlin. It’s a role he’s more than excited about. “It’s my passion,” he says.
Between blockbusters, Mackie spends time at the bar he owns in Brooklyn, NY, where he likes to watch football, and at home in New Orleans, where he builds houses to rent them out. “I’ve got a bunch of hobbies—people close to me will tell you I've got too many,” he says. “When I’m not doing movies, I’m in New Orleans, building. That’s my thing.”