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Anthony Mackie's Falcon And Winter Soldier Request That Got Denied

It is often the case that the dreams which accompany a new job wind up being the stuff of pipes. "Now I can afford (x)," you might tell yourself, or "take (y) time off." In truth, a job winds up being a job, and the expectations that come with it tire themselves out after a lengthy run on the hedonic treadmill. And celebrities are just like us, it seems, complete with the heartbreaking disappointments that come with a new gig. Take Anthony Mackie, for example, the MCU star currently preparing to splinter the internet to bits with his upcoming series The Falcon and the Winter Soldier on Disney+. 

Looper was present at a recent press event for the series, where Mackie discussed the process of fleshing out the character of Sam "The Falcon" Wilson after having spent seven years in various CGI jetpacks and goggles. One detail that was especially exciting to Mackie came in the form of Wilson's origins – he's from New Orleans, just like Mackie, and audiences get to see the Avenger spend some time in his hometown. "When I first read the script, I was really, really happy," Mackie said of the big Pelican State reveal, "(...) 'cause that's the best state in the union, and New Orleans is the best city in the world."

But it wasn't all good news. "I had one request," Mackie continued, "that if he was from Louisiana, I had to eat crawfish on camera."

Anthony Mackie can't get a crawfish for nothing

"I don't know who said no, but somebody said no," Mackie continues, spilling company secrets left and right. "I don't know if it was because they were out of season, but, it was, you know, too much to get crawfish from market." 

The show's caterer could not be reached for comment, in large part because we didn't try.

Mackie's marked love of crawfish is a matter of public record, as his lack of access to the freshwater crustaceans created tension for the actor on set. Back in October, Mackie discussed the difficult Falcon and the Winter Soldier shoot, citing the absence of delicious shellfish as one of several problems. "I'm stuck in Europe," he said in an interview. "...there's no football. I missed LeBron win the championship. It's crawfish season. I've got all kind of problems going on."

In an age of fan campaigns that can change the course of a franchise, it is perhaps only a matter of time before #ReleaseTheAnthonyMackieEatingSeafoodInEerieSilenceForTenMinutesCut starts trending. Until it takes off, we'll just have to keep the actor in our thoughts when The Falcon and the Winter Soldier premiere on Disney+ on Friday, March 19.