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.”
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