Anthony Mackie and Will Smith are two vastly widespread, charismatic and gifted actors, so that you’d be forgiven if the headline took you without warning, however The Falcon and the Winter Solider star just lately revealed that he as soon as obtained a proper cross straight to the jaw from the previous Contemporary Prince.
In fact, it was an accident relatively than Smith maliciously decking Mackie for private causes, however the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s Captain America in ready was nonetheless impressed that the Ali star had retained his prowess for pugilism twenty years after starring in Michael Mann’s biopic.
All of it took place when Mackie was invited to Smith’s celebration, which was held throughout filming for Ang Lee’s field workplace dud Gemini Man, and after being chosen to current the person of the hour along with his celebratory cake, a breakdown in communication led to the incident in query.
“Effectively, I acquired a comic story. Will Smith shot, what’s the film. He had a film come out final yr, Gemini Man, and he shot it in Budapest. So, it was his 50th birthday. And my publicist known as me and he or she’s like, ‘Will Smith is having a celebration in Budapest. Do you wish to current his birthday cake to him?’. So, I’m like, ‘Holy sh*t sure. It’s Will Smith. In fact’.
So, we’re all on stage. Will Smith does like an entire live performance I’m on stage with Will Smith doing a live performance. I’m dropping my thoughts. Proper? So, the cake comes out, we deliver the cake out, Will Smith sees me and he goes, ‘Hey, Anthony Mackie’. I’m like, Will Smith is aware of my title. Proper? So, I am going to love excessive 5. I don’t know what I used to be attempting to do, however like, I used to be attempting to hug him and he thought I used to be coming in for like a excessive 5. So, he like tried to seize my arm and he punched me within the jaw so exhausting. Like he hit me with a proper cross so exhausting. Then he grabbed me and he’s like, ‘You good?’. I used to be like, ‘I believe so. I believe we’re in a struggle, are we in a struggle?’. He’s like, ‘No, no, I’m sorry’.
He punched me within the jaw. Will Smith punched me within the jaw. He’s an indignant human being. I do know he meant to do it, there is no such thing as a approach you mess up a hug with a punch within the jaw. Yo, he has a proper cross man. Shield your self. As a result of the dude got here in. It was a punch, however I took a punch from Mohammad Ali. I can say it.”
If something, Mackie ought to have been the one punching Smith for a way Gemini Man turned out, with a excessive idea and undeniably sensible premise that had spent virtually 1 / 4 of a century caught in improvement hell teaming up one of many world’s largest film stars with an Academy Award profitable director for a futuristic motion blockbuster that had no proper to be as tedious because it was.
Luckily, he didn’t take it personally, and you’ll think about that Smith was fast to apologize. Moreover, the concept of Anthony Mackie making a shock look in Budapest to interrupt an impromptu live performance by the birthday boy to current him with a cake, solely to depart with a sore jaw for his efforts, is the type of wild behind the scenes story that may solely occur within the film enterprise.