Marvel's Captain America: The Winter Soldier - Falcon/Sam Wilson (Anthony Mackie) ©2014 Marvel, photo by Zade Rosenthal

In Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Steve Rogers, aka Captain America (Chris Evans), has a new man on his team … Sam Wilson, aka Falcon, portrayed by Anthony Mackie.

Wilson is an ex-military paratrooper who was trained in aerial combat using a specially designed wing pack. His expertise comes in handy when  one of Rogers’ colleagues is attacked, threatening to put the world at risk.

How does your character Sam Wilson/Falcon fit into this movie?

Marvel’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier – Falcon/Sam Wilson (Anthony Mackie) ©2014 Marvel

The filmmakers did a good job of making Falcon his own entity. I feel like when you look at Sam Wilson and when you watch this movie, there’s nothing unforgiving or cheap about him.

I feel like he’s a standup guy. He’s morally sound and he works with Captain America and follows him through it all because he believes in him, in the American dream and what America stands for. So I think that says a lot about him.

What is the relationship like between Sam and Steve Rogers?

Marvel’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier – Falcon/Sam Wilson (Anthony Mackie), Director Joe Russo and Captain America/Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) ©2014 Marvel, photo by Zade Rosenthal

Basically Cap and Sam Wilson connect on the idea that they were both at war and came home to deal with the ramifications of waking up every morning knowing that they lost a comrade in battle.

Sam works at the VA. He counsels and helps soldiers who have come back from war, and he brings Cap into that so he can see that he’s not out there on his own.

Sam can empathize with the idea of what he’s going through, so they become friends on that level. Sam admires him; he admires the legend; he admires the stories of Captain America, it’s his admiration for Cap that puts them in a position for friendship.

What can you say about Falcon’s costume?

Marvel’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier – Falcon/Sam Wilson (Anthony Mackie) ©2014 Marvel

Every time I put on the costume, I just want to go outside and smack some bad guy. So that’s what’s a little weird for me. It’s like being this Super Hero for real.

But I don’t think I could be a Super Hero in real life because I’m pretty sure I would be a bad guy; I would use my abilities for the right reasons but in the wrong way. If I could fly in real life, it would be a big problem for everybody involved.

How did you train for the flying sequence?

Marvel’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier – Falcon/Behind the scenes, Sam Wilson (Anthony Mackie) on the wires ©2014 Marvel, photo by Zade Rosenthal

I did a lot of diving into swimming pools. I would go up 10-feet, 20-feet and dive off of diving boards, just to get that feeling. At certain heights water is very forgiving, and at other heights it’s not. So I had to figure out where that threshold was to where I could enter the water. That helped me a lot.

What do you feel the audience will get out of the film?

[People are going to be] pleasantly surprised with the story and the way the characters come across. It’s so character-driven and so focused on what’s going on in the world around that you’re  drawn into it. I feel like when people see the movie, they’re going to buy being a part of that world.

At the press junket for the film, Chris Evans and Anthony Mackie were asked about their cool onscreen relationship. Click here to listen to their answer.

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Judy Sloane

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