June 29, 2020

Anthony Mackie and Daveed Diggs on Black Lives Matter, Marvel and ‘Hamilton’

By Daniel D'Addario

“Hamilton” alum Daveed Diggs stepped into a familiar sci-fi franchise with “Snowpiercer,” a drama set in the universe of the post-apocalyptic Bong Joon Ho thriller led by Chris Evans. Anthony Mackie pulled off a similar maneuver, lending new context and consequence to the second season of “Altered Carbon” by taking over a character played by Joel Kinnaman. Both actors think there’s work to be done on sets across Hollywood. They talked to each other over video chat for Variety‘s Actors on Actors issue.

Daveed Diggs: Congratulations on jumping into “Altered Carbon.” Are you a sci-fi head? Because I am, and you do an awful lot of sci-fi stuff.

Anthony Mackie: I’m not a big sci-fi person. I grew up on “Star Wars,” but I never got into anything futuristic. When I was in high school, there was this movie called “Starship Troopers.”

Diggs: Familiar.

Mackie: In New Orleans we had huge cockroaches. “Starship Troopers” freaked me out. I can’t do it, man. My imagination is too vivid. But “Altered Carbon” was great. If you look at the “Avengers” movies, I’ve never been the lead, or had to do that much action. It became a painstaking weekly hustle to finish that show.