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Anthony Mackie Doesn’t Think ‘Black Panther’s’ Director Needs to be Black

Anthony Mackie doesn’t think race should dictate the choice of director for Marvel’s upcoming “Black Panther” movie.

While promoting film “Our Brand is Crisis,” Mackie, who plays Captain America’s friend and fellow villain-thwarter Falcon, said he didn’t think the director needed to be black.

“I don’t think it’s important at all,” he said to the Daily Beast. “As a director your job is to tell a story. You know, they didn’t get a horse to direct Seabiscuit!”

Mackie went on to say he doesn’t think race or gender should come into play when choosing a director.

“The thing is I don’t think the race of the director has to do with their ability to tell a story. I think it’s all about the director’s ability to be able to relate to that story and do it justice. I think men can direct women, and two of my greatest work experiences were with female directors. So I think it all depends. May the best man — or woman — win.”

Mackie came under fire earlier this month for endorsing Donald Trump’s White House bid — which earned him a media blasting. He quickly turned to Twitter to call the endorsement “a bad attempt at a joke.”

Black Panther,” starring Chadwick Boseman and written by Joe Robert Cole, bows in theaters July 6, 2018.

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