Anthony Mackie: “This Will Stay With You Forever”

amackActor Anthony Mackie, a Louisiana native, is a long way from the humid bayou shores of the Gulf Coast. Sure, roles beside Matt Damon in the 2011 The Adjustment Bureau and Jeremy Renner in 2008’s Oscar winner The Hurt Locker were huge. Even the risk he took playing Tupac Shakur in 2009’s Notorious was a memorable moment of his 13-year career. But this man with southern charm hasn’t lost his roots and is still the same guy no matter what.

Some actors like to come off as reserved and cool-headed, but not Mackie. He’s not worried about awkward faces, weird noises or outrageous statements. He has a good time, and his smile is so infectious, even his castmates and the interviewers want to join in on the fun.

“Every now and then you take a role where you can eat po’boys and drink all day,” says Mackie, 36. “I’m at that age now, mid-30s, where, if you put [weight] on, it’s most likely going to stay with you forever.”