‘Avengers’ Star Anthony Mackie Would Catch and Grill Fish In Between Takes While Filming ‘Infinity War’ and ‘Endgame’

Anthony Mackie, star of The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, is no stranger to the Marvel universe. Although his role in the new Disney+ show might have made him more recognizable to casual fans, Mackie has been working on Marvel films for nearly 10 years. 

Mackie has previously starred in both the Captain America and Avengers franchises, with his first role being in Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Because Mackie is from New Orleans, he loves to fish in his free time. This means that he frequently can be seen fishing while working on movie sets, in between takes. In fact, Mackie would often go fishing while he was working on Infinity War and Endgame.

Anthony Mackie would fish in between takes while shooting ‘Avengers’ films 

Anthony Mackie arrives at the premiere of Marvel's "Captain America: Civil War"
Anthony Mackie arrives at the premiere of Marvel’s “Captain America: Civil War” | Gregg DeGuire/WireImage

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Mackie shared the details behind his on-set fishing habits during a recent episode of Hot Ones

“So while we were shooting Endgame and Infinity War they had these huge lakes and ponds on their properties,” Mackie said. “So in between takes, I would go fishing.”

The cast and crew loved his fish

Mackie admitted that the production crew initially wasn’t happy about what he was doing, but their mins quickly changed. 

“I bought an outdoor grill for my trailer, like fresh fish right there on the set, which some people had a problem with,” Mackie said. “Until they taste the fish, then they understood my situation.”

He fished while on the set of ‘Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter’ too

Mackie’s fishing routine isn’t solely for Marvel films, though. He was able to enjoy his hobby while filming another movie, too.

“We were shooting Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter here in New Orleans … and they have these fish called Alligator garfish,” Mackie said. “It’s like a pike, but with the face of an alligator.”

Before he knew it, Mackie had a garfish on his fishing line.  

“So one day I’m sitting out there, I’m smoking a cigar,” Mackie said. “I have a P.A. with me so I don’t get in trouble. So the P.A.’s just sitting there talking to me like, ‘Oh this is so much fun, I can’t believe we’re on a movie.’ All of a sudden, the line starts to stretch out, and there’s a garfish about five feet long, just munching on this fish.”

He caught a 5-foot fish while in costume

Nobody realized how big the garfish was until Mackie tried to pull it out of the water, which required the assistance of his truck. 

“So I take the line, I tie it to the bumper of the truck, pulled the truck out from the water so it brought the fish out,” Mackie said. “It was the biggest garfish I had ever seen. It was bigger than this girl, this girl was like 5’2”, and this fish was like 5’5”.”

Mackie, who is familiar with the species of fish, was relatively calm when standing face to face with the enormous fish. However, his production assistant wasn’t so balanced.

“So she freaked out, gets on the radio,” Mackie said. “‘Oh my God, we have—oh my God, oh my God, somebody help us!’ But it was just the ability to catch it and hold it. So I have a picture of this garfish laying across my chest in full costume, when we were shooting Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter.”