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January 18, 12:00 PM ET
Chat with Anthony Mackie

Buzzmaster
  (12:02 PM)

Actor Anthong Mackie will be here shortly to take your questions on his latest film "Man on a Ledge" which hits theaters Friday, Jan. 27!

Buzzmaster
  (12:09 PM)

He's here!

Kevin (San Francisco)

Anthony, my 49ers took our your Saints....that mean you're jumping on the bandwagon?

Anthony Mackie
  (12:11 PM)

Definitely. I'm 100% a Giants fan. I'm going for them to win the game.

Alan (LA)

Have you seen the movie yet? What did you think?

Anthony Mackie
  (12:11 PM)

I did see the movie. I actually really enjoyed it. It's a fun, olschool action packed movie.

Sammy (Boston)

This movie looks like a high paced, high action movie, so how tiring is it following a day's shoot in the middle of filming such a movie?

Anthony Mackie
  (12:12 PM)

It was very tiring for Sam, because he had to work everyday. But I enjoyed hanging out and watching him work.

Paul (Dallas)

What's it like on the set of a movie like this, where the movie is a thriller? How do you keep the intensity up?

Anthony Mackie
  (12:13 PM)

With movies, a lot of the intensity comes with music and the way they cut it. The most exciting part was being on set and all of the extras. In New York, you come across some crazy people who are willing to do anything to be on camera.

Chris (Washington)

Such an impressive cast in this movie, how was it working with so many quality actors?

Anthony Mackie
  (12:13 PM)

It was a lot of fun. Every day, you showed up knowing that everyone was showing up to work. When Ed Harris showed up, everyone stayed in their corners and let him do his thing. Everyone was being real professional trying to make a good movie.

Ryan (Seattle)

I don't know about you, but I didn't think it was possible for the 49ers to put up 36 points in one game, let alone do it while outscoring the Saints in the process....how shocked were you by the final score?

Anthony Mackie
  (12:14 PM)

Alex Smith played the game of his career and I would like to see him do it again.

Darryl (Texas)

Were you intimidated to be working with any of the great actors in this movie?

Anthony Mackie
  (12:14 PM)

Not at all. The thing about the movie is everyone on the set had a pretty impressive resume, so we came with an admiration for each other.

Jeff (Detroit)

I've always heard when making movies, you don't necessarily film each scene in succession. So, is it hard making a movie like this, that's such a thriller, when you're doing scenes further along in the movie and then coming back to do scenes that take place earlier?

Anthony Mackie
  (12:15 PM)

No. The director was really good in letting us know where we were through the course of the story when shooting. He was good at setting the scene for us in letting us know where we were going and where we were coming from.

Doug (San Diego)

Anthony, if you had told me that the 49ers were going to beat the Saints, I would have said, OK, then it will probably be a 20-17 game or something like that. Did you think the Saints defense would have problems stopping the 49ers like that?

Anthony Mackie
  (12:17 PM)

No. Our defense has been a problem ever since 1996. So, it's one or the other. Either we have a great defense like the 80s and 90s or we have a great offense like since 2005 and no defense. Now, if you look at New England and Green Bay, they have high powered explosive offenses with no defense. We have to figure out a way to stop an offense enough.

Alex (LA)

With all of the upcoming projects you seems to have coming out, is there one your especially excited for people to see?

Anthony Mackie
  (12:17 PM)

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter. I think the title says it all.

Derrick (Chicago)

How did you get involved with this film?

Anthony Mackie
  (12:18 PM)

The director did a documentary that I liked and I wanted to meet him. He told me about a film he was going to do. Once I met him, he gave me a script and I liked it. I wanted to be in the movie. The initial meeting came from me liking that first film he did.

John (NJ)

So, what building did they use for this ledge?

Anthony Mackie
  (12:18 PM)

The Roosevelt Hotel in Midtown Manhattan. We actually shot most of it up there on an actual ledge.

Andy (Huntington, NY)

Anthony - I really enjoy your work (although I was pretty happy when Morgan Freeman decked you in "Million Dollar Baby" - sorry about that). You've done a lot of work on film and on stage - which do you prefer?

Anthony Mackie
  (12:19 PM)

The stage. When you're bad on film, you're bad forever. If you're bad on the stage, you can come back the next night and redeem yourself.

Kevin (DC)

Anthony, are you still reeling from the Saints loss?

Anthony Mackie
  (12:20 PM)

No. I'm still reeling from our defense giving up the game. But the way I look at it, it was a step in the right direction in the right direction. I think next year, they will be the first team to play the Super Bowl in their own stadium and we can't be beat in the dome.

Gary (Houston)

When making a movie, do you have any idea how it will turn out when in the middle of it? Do you have a sense, at least in your mind of how things are going? Or are you always amazed when you see the final product of how everything turned out?

Anthony Mackie
  (12:21 PM)

Usually, you can tell if it's going in the wrong direction. But sometimes you're surprised. With Hurt Locker, I had no idea what to expect. I thought it would be a disaster of a movie, but when I saw it, I was blown away. With We Are Marshall, we thought we were doing something special and when I saw it it affirmed that fact.

meech (akron ohio)

what gives you the edge when your deciding on a new movie do you just get a feelin or do you have to check out the cast first

Anthony Mackie
  (12:22 PM)

It's all about the director for me. When you do a movie, the director decides from the beginning middle and end what the movie will be. If you work with a director with bad movies, 9 times out of 10 it will be a bad movie.

Greg (Chicago)

Where does this movie rank among some of the other great movies you've been in like the Hurt Locker and We Are Marshall?

Anthony Mackie
  (12:23 PM)

I would say, Hurt Locker and We Are Marshall, I feel are classic films. This movie will be not on the level of those two, but it's definitely something I'm proud of. It's worth going to see. It's a fun movie.

Carl (Denver)

Your new movie looks pretty intense, how was it to make?

Anthony Mackie
  (12:23 PM)

Most of the time was very intense, because of the subject matter and the director wanted that level of fear of all of the actors. So he kept it at the cutthroat pace while shooting.

Peter (LA)

How disappointing was that finish to the Saints' season?

Anthony Mackie
  (12:25 PM)

I think if you look at it, it was a great game. What the Saints did in being down 17 and coming back to where they lost the game with 1:37 left. It shows how great a game they played once the jitters were out of the game. If the contact on Pierre Thomas was called and if the late hit on Brees was called, then I think we win. But you don't blame the officials. We had five turnovers.

Frank (Chi)

Adjustment Bureau was one of the better movies Ive seen in a little while... how did you like working with Matt Damon?

Anthony Mackie
  (12:26 PM)

Matt Damon is one of the coolest guys I've ever met and worked with. We had a great time working together. We bet that the Saints wouldn't go to the Super Bowl. First we bet that the Saints wouldn't beat New England. Then we bet that the Saints wouldn't make the Super Bowl. If they did, he would wear a Saints jersey on David Letterman. He did and he signed it for me. He's a stand up dude.

Frank (Chi)

Are you a fan of MMA? If he remains on a tear like he is now you should do a movie where you play Johnny Bones Jones.... you could definately pass as a look-a-like

Anthony Mackie
  (12:27 PM)

I am a MMA fan. I'm a boxing fan too, but MMA is too hard core for me. Something about it makes me uncomfortable. The fight last week where the dude made a roundhouse kick and knocked him out.

Ryan (Atlanta)

Will Man on a Ledge be able to compare to the Hurt Locker And past movies you have done?

Anthony Mackie
  (12:29 PM)

I think for what it is, it will stack up extremely well against other movies from this year. It's an action, suspense thriller. It's a well done movie and it's a lot of fun. I don't think it will stand up to The Hurt Locker and those kinds of movies. But it stands up as an action thriller.

Anthony Mackie
  (12:29 PM)

Watch out for them Saints! They're coming back and full and in effect!