The brand new Captain America has mechanical wings, ringing some reality to the oft-misappropriated cliché that “not all heroes put on capes.” Past the massive position as a Marvel superhero, Anthony Mackie has deep-seated roots in terms of real-life heroism. A lifelong New Orleans resident, Mackie grew up within the metropolis that’s been repeatedly devastated by hurricanes over the previous decade. Now he’s dedicated to rebuilding his hometown—one roof at a time.
“Once I was a child, I used to stand up with my dad on Saturdays and, if the previous woman down the road had a roof that leaked or a pal’s gutters have been clogged, we’d assist them out,” says Mackie. “The seventh Ward was actually a middle-class neighborhood the place all people helped all people. I’m carrying on that legacy within the identify of my dad. He taught me numerous nice classes. Now, as an grownup, I convey these classes again residence.”
Mackie, who moved to New York Metropolis at age 17 to review theater at Julliard, has had a long-spanning profitable profession in movie, with roles together with 8 Mile, The Damage Locker, Infamous, The Adjustment Bureau, and the position of Falcon in Marvel’s Cinematic Universe—a personality that evolves into the brand new Captain America. That includes his first lead in that sphere, Captain America: New World Order is scheduled to premiere in 2024.
However saving lives on display screen isn’t Mackie’s solely precedence. This week, GAF, America’s largest roofing and waterproofing producer, introduced its partnership with Mackie to assist rebuild the communities hit by pure disasters and left susceptible to future crises. The partnership is dedicated to rebuild or restore 500 roofs within the Gulf Area, beginning in his personal neighborhood—New Orleans’ seventh Ward.