In an interview with The Grio, Anthony Mackie sat down to discuss his new film Black and White –and also shared his views on police violence, dreadlocks and the Selma Oscar snub. Check out his comments and video below.
On racial profiling and dreadlocks:
“Like my nephew wanted to grow dreadlocks. I’m like fine, I’ll sit you down and I’ll watch The First 48 with you and everybody you see on that show, that’s doing something wrong, they’re black dudes with dreadlocks. So, do you want to be seen as part of the problem or do you want to be an individual?”
“Let’s just say you have locks and you walking down the street. The police pull you over and say you fit the description of somebody. You start yelling and arguing with the cops. Next thing you know you pressed up against the wall going to jail for something you’re not even involved in just because you look like somebody and you don’t know how to handle yourself,” Mackie said.
On The Oscar’s and Hollywood:
“People are just tired of being bombarded with race right now,” says the actor. “So everybody is shying away from certain topics and certain movies. If you look at all the movies and actors that are nominated, they all gave damn good performances. “Me specifically, if thats something I want, I have to step my game up. I have to do better movies and I have to act better.”
“If you look at all the movies and actors that are nominated, they all gave damn good performances. Me specifically, if that’s something I want, I have to step my game up. I have to do better movies and I have to act better. Hollywood believes that there’s no market overseas for black actors. “They say that about Denzel Washington, they say they have no foreign value. If we’re not financing and doing our own stories, we can’t expect to see ourselves come award season.”
Since the release of his interview with The Grio, Mackie has received massive backlash. The Selma and Black and White star has been called a “house Negro”, and even a “sell-out” on social media for his comments.
Check out the full interview below.
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