Monday 27 February 2017

Mackie runs towards Owens role

Anthony Mackie wants to bring the story of Jesse Owens to the big screen
Anthony Mackie wants to bring the story of Jesse Owens to the big screen

Anthony Mackie is hoping to play Olympic legend Jesse Owens on the big screen.

The Adjustment Bureau star is working on bringing together a biopic on the gold medallist who shamed Hitler during the 1936 Berlin Olympics.

"If Ryan Gosling is believed to be able to gain 30 pounds to play a role, I can definitely lose 10," he told The Playlist.

Anthony - who stars in Real Steel alongside Hugh Jackman - said it's time for a film to be made about Jesse, who scooped four gold medals.

"I feel like Jesse Owens kind of saved the world. Jesse went there and won four gold medals and flattens the idea of there being an ultimate race," he continued.

"If you can make a movie about a dolphin or a horse for winning a race, you can make a movie about a man that changed the scope of the world."

The biopic is still in the early stages, with a script still to be completed before the search begins for a director.

"The problem is, you have a lot of directors who can do action, you've got a lot of directors who can do storytelling. You don't have many directors who can do both," Anthony said.

"You don't want to make this movie with the wrong director. So, it's at the point now where it's trying to find that person who can make that story the way it deserves to be made."

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