Anthony Mackie has revealed that Marvel bosses asked him not to bulk up too much for Captain America: The Winter Soldier.
The Hurt Locker star has signed on to play Falcon/Sam Wilson in Anthony and Joe Russo's superhero sequel, alongside Chris Evans, Hayley Atwell and Scarlett Johansson.
"I met with the studio very early on and I told them I was going to throw on some weight and get bigger and they said, 'No, no, no, no don't do that. Stay a smaller weight and we'll figure out something character-wise. So, that's kind of what it turned into," he told Collider.
Anthony - who next stars with Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson and Mark Wahlberg in Michael Bay's Pain And Gain - had to slim down from his previous role.
"I didn't want to get too bulky. You know there's a lot of limitations to how big I was for Pain And Gain, whereas with this I just want to be fit, you know. I just want to be in shape to where I can go in and do all the stunts and all the things I feel like I would need to do to bring this character to life," he added.
The 34-year-old hopes that his role will allow him to work on more personal projects in the future.
"You do the Marvel movies to garner you the ability to do the movies that you really want to do - the other movies, the smaller movies. So it depends on what exactly you want to do," he explained.
"Doing a movie like Captain America - that puts your name in the mouth of everyone in this country... so, then you can go to the studio and tell them the kind of movie you really want to do."