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