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    Anthony Mackie Said Marvel Hiring Black People Behind The Camera Only For "Black Panther" Is "More Racist Than Anything Else"

    "If you only can hire the Black people for the Black movie, are you saying they’re not good enough when you have a mostly white cast?"

    Captain America star Anthony Mackie has opened up about Marvel's diversity issue, saying the lack of Black people behind the scenes "bothered" him.

    During a conversation for Variety's Actors on Actors series, Mackie acknowledged that as the lead in the upcoming series The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, he now has "the power and the ability" to ask questions about diversity.

    He went on to point out that Marvel movies have only ever had one Black producer — Nate Moore, who worked on Black Panther.

    "When you do Black Panther, you have a Black director, Black producer, a Black costume designer, a Black stunt choreographer," Mackie said. "And I'm like, that's more racist than anything else."

    He explained: "If you only can hire the Black people for the Black movie, are you saying they're not good enough when you have a mostly white cast?"

    He went on to say that his "big push" with Marvel is to make sure they hire the best person for each job, no matter who it is.

    He said:

    Even if it means we're going to get the best two women, we're going to get the best two men. ... It starts to build a new generation of people who can put something on their résumé to get them other jobs. If we've got to divvy it out as a percentage, divvy it out. And that's something as leading men that we can go in and push for.

    The pair also went on to discuss the importance of representation behind the scenes and in writers' rooms.

    You can read Anthony Mackie and Daveed Diggs' Actors on Actors conversation in full here.