Anthony Mackie recently made headlines after joking that he would “100 percent” run Donald Trump’s campaign over Hilary Clinton’s. Problem is, the actor’s comment was NOT taken as a joke.
“I mean, first, that’ll be the best party ever when he won, and, second, Trump’s an easy sell,” the actor said during an interview with BET to promote his latest film, Our Brand Is Crisis. “When you look at Trump, he’s an easy sell because you can sell him as the guy who worked his way up from nothing.”
Mackie later clarified his comments via Twitter, suggesting that his statement was “a bad attempt at a joke.”
Unfortunately, the backlash stemming from essentially being misquoted has now made Mackie a tad more guarded when it comes to his relationship with the media. “I thought the press and celebrities had like a relationship where I give you interviews and you portray me in a good light,” he told HipHollywood exclusively while at the announcements for the SAG Awards nominations.
He continued, “But we are in a generation of soundbites and soundbites aren’t fair to the people who are coming to your website or watching your interviews. I now know the relevance of a soundbite and I will not be giving those anymore.”
Mackie is currently starring in several films in theaters, including The Night Before and Love the Coopers.