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Anthony Mackie Didn't Hide His Heavy New Orleans Accent When He Auditioned for Julliard

In fact, the actor embraced it--and he got in. Watch this video of Anthony Mackie talking about his auditions here.

Released on 7/4/2016

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Starring: Anthony Mackie

Transcript

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My audition for Julliard was,
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at best, chaotic.
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It was just a building full of people,
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all of my friends were auditioning,
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and ironically, I wasn't really nervous.
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Like I always felt like if I didn't get into Julliard,
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like I had a lot of other options, I guess,
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so I didn't put a lot of stress on myself.
00:21
I feel like a lot of people shoot themselves
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in the foot by saying, you know,
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I've got to get in, I've got to get in.
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I never did that so,
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when I auditioned,
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I did Edmund from King Lear,
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Thou, nature, art my goddess.
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Blues from Mr. Charlie was my contemporary
00:37
and I sung
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a song
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from the Fantastics.
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But then, after I did that,
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my audition went haywire,
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and the guy who was the head of the school, Michael Khan,
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he was in the room with the head of the speech department,
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Liz Smith, and my speech was very different then,
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than it is now,
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because I was from New Orleans so it was a disaster.
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So they kept asking me if I had more monologues,
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so I kept doing more monologues.
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So it ended up I did about 12 monologues, sung three songs,
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and um,
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I got a call back.
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I had a more,
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thicker New Orleans accent.
01:12
A New Orleans accent is very different than the south,
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it's own thing.
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It's kinda like a mixture of Brooklyn meets the South,
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so if you ever meet somebody
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and they say they're from New Orleans,
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and they go, hey y'all!
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They lyin'!
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They ass is from Texas and they trying to be cool,
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cause we don't talk like that.
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No, I actually feel most comfortable on the stage.
01:37
It's fun!
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Being on stage for me is like walking a tight rope
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or jumping out of an airplane.
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And I think that's why people go to theater so much.
01:44
I think that's why the New York theater scene is so hot
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because you go there for the potential
01:48
of somebody messing up.
01:49
You know, it's like watching a car wreck.
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You don't want to see it and you look away
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and then you just peek at it
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because you want to see the crash happen.
01:57
I've had some
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direly moments on stage.
02:01
I've seen some huge disasters on stage
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but I've always come out unscathed.