Skip to main content

'Captain America' sequel star praises Minnesota screenwriter


Film star Anthony Mackie has nothing but great things to say about Minnesota screenwriter Michael Starrbury.

"Michael's my man," enthuses Mackie, who stars in the new drama "The Inevitable Defeat of Mister & Pete." The film was written by Brooklyn Park native Starrbury and unveiled at the Sundance Film Festival in January.

Released in select theaters Friday, the film -- which also stars Jennifer Hudson and Jordin Sparks -- tells the coming-of-age story about two inner city youths who have to fend for themselves over the summer when their mothers are taken away by authorities. The film was produced by Grammy-winner Alicia Keys.

"If you look at that movie and the way it was put together, it's just all around a great project," Mackie told me in a recent interview. "I think that's why the filmmakers were able to get the cast they wanted, because everybody believed in it. Everybody believed in the story and put a little extra work in it because of it. We're all pretty honored that it's being talked about the way it is."

Starrbury was nominated for a 2013 Humanitas Prize for the film in July in the Sundance category, along with "Mud" screenwriter Jeff Nichols.

The Hollywood Reporter says the prize went to "Fruitvale Station" scribe Ryan Coogler last month.

The Humanitas Prize honors films that "truly and deeply explore the human experience in a way that both entertains and enlightens."

Mackie most recently starred opposite Justin Timberlake and Ben Affleck in the crime thriller "Runner Runner," and next April will star as famed Marvel Comics superhero Sam Wilson/The Falcon in "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" opposite Chris Evans as Steve Rogers/Captain America.

The actor also has a starring role in the Julian Assange WikiLeaks drama "The Fifth Estate," opening in theaters Friday.

Next Up

D'Angelo Russell

With KAT out, Timberwolves can't upset Nets

D'Angelo Russell stepped up but couldn't overcome Brooklyn's firepower.

Everson Griffen Vikings dot com

Everson Griffen confirms he has bipolar disorder

"I’ve been running from it a long time. I’m not ashamed of it anymore.”

Angela Renee Jones, St. Cloud murder suspect

St. Cloud suspect now charged in two local murder cases

Both murders happened within a day of each other in June.

st anthony 3 crop

Twin Cities police ask for help finding missing 16-year-old

Police say all her family and friends have been contacted, and none of them know where she is.

mpd suspect 12.3.21 - 1 - CROP

MPD releases photos of shooting suspect, asks for public's help

The man is wanted in connection with a fatal shooting that happened Wednesday evening.

redmons popcorn colbert 2

Support grows for Redmon's Popcorn after shop's sudden closure

The county also commented on the situation, saying it hopes to help owner Zack Redmon.

prior lake high school

Prior Lake HS investigating another 'racist' video involving student

The principal said the social media video was reported to them this week.

Screen Shot 2021-12-03 at 3.08.27 PM

Walz: Minnesota has secured 1 million rapid, at-home COVID tests for kids

It comes as the delta variant continues to surge in Minnesota, and the omicron variant might follow.

boundary waters

Forest Service limiting permits to BWCAW due to damage, overcrowding

Visitors have been cutting down trees and have been forced to compete for campsites.

police lights

Lockdown update: Armed man threatened to go to Kimball High School

A high school and elementary school near St. Cloud went into lockdown as a precaution.

chaska sewer

People in Chaska are flushing the wrong crap down the toilet

Water and sewer crews in Chaska have had to clean the same pump four times in the past seven days.