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Anthony Mackie urges men to be vigilant about health

Published 13/06/2016

Anthony Mackie
Anthony Mackie

Nicole Scherzinger sang a tribute to Prince at Samuel L. Jackson's One For The Boys Ball.

Anthony Mackie implored men to have their health checked out.

The U.S. actor was in Britain on Sunday (12Jun16) to help Samuel L. Jackson out with his annual One For The Boys Ball, held at London’s Victoria and Albert Museum.

The night was a star-studded affair, with Stanley Tucci co-hosting the evening, and stars like David Gandy, Asa Butterfield and Haley Joel Osment all putting in an appearance.

The event is in partnership with charity One For The Boys, founded by Sofia Davis, which aims to raise awareness for male cancers.

“Men think because we are men we don’t have to go to the doctor but it’s very important to get yourself checked out. If not for yourself, then for the people around you,” pleaded 37-year-old Anthony to WWD.

“When I turned 30, I woke up one day my back hurt, my hip hurt, my head hurt and I went out partying with my friends and the next day I didn’t recover the same and I was like, ‘I’m getting old.’ I realised my mortality. After that I started going to the doctor every six months.”

The evening’s entertainment was provided by two singing superstars; Nicole Scherzinger and Kylie Minogue. During her set Pussycat Dolls star Nicole sang a moving rendition of Purple Rain, dedicated to the late singer Prince.

“I didn’t want to sing this song but Mr. Jackson asked me to, so you’ll have to bear with me because I’ve never sung this song before,” she told the audience.

There was also a fashion show, which saw Haley, models Eva Herzigova and Oliver Cheshire and Bon Jovi drummer Tico Torres strut their stuff.

“Why would I feel nervous about walking (on a catwalk)? I’ve been walking my whole life,” Tico grinned before showing off his best poses.

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