I was flabbergasted. Everybody knows when you`ve got a role in a Spike Lee movie, you`re gonna blow up. But I happen to be the only person who`s had the lead in the two Spike Lee movies nobody saw. It was a humbling experience, but Spike taught me more about how to fall on my face in this business than anybody else.
“[Anthony] can be genial. He can be menacing. He can be sexy. He can do all of these things at the same time. I think he’s a very good actor, but I just don’t think that he’s had the film roles that he deserves. His success is limited by the imagination of the film industry. With really good actors, especially actors of color, the opportunities are fewer. Who will be brave enough to put him in a leading role instead of putting him in a supporting role?” Boston Globefilm critic and Pulitzer Prize winner Wesley Morris on Mackie (UPTOWN magazine).