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Marvel actor Anthony Mackie recalls ‘horrifying’ pigeon attack in Sydney


That’s not very Captain America! Marvel actor Anthony Mackie recalls ‘horrifying’ pigeon attack in Sydney which left him terrified to ever return to Australia

He was finally declared as the new Captain America during the last episode of Marvel’s The Falcon and the Winter Soldier last month.

But on Monday, actor Anthony Mackie sounded anything like his superhero character as he recalled a ‘horrifying’ incident in Sydney which has left him terrified to return to Australia again.

Speaking to Brooke Boney on the Today show, Anthony, 42, said he was once attacked by a swarm of pigeons during a day out at the Sydney Opera House.

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Pigeon attack: On Monday, Marvel actor Anthony Mackie sounded anything like Captain America as he recalled a ‘horrifying’ incident in Sydney which has left him terrified to return to Australia again

The US-based actor, who was chatting to Brooke via video call, said: ‘I’ve walked across the top of the bridge. That was horrifying. I got attacked by pigeons outside the Opera House. That was horrifying.’

He cheekily added: ‘I wore my budgie smugglers to Bondi Beach. Crushed that.’

‘I’m afraid to come now,’ he laughed.

A new hero: Anthony's character finally declared himself as the new Captain America during the final episode of Marvel's The Falcon and the Winter Soldier last month

A new hero: Anthony’s character finally declared himself as the new Captain America during the final episode of Marvel’s The Falcon and the Winter Soldier last month

After the interview aired, host Karl Stefanovic stuck up for Anthony as he said: ‘Pigeons are a terrible bird, aren’t they?’

‘They’re the rats of the sky,’ Brooke agreed.

‘Pretty unlucky to be attacked by them!’ Allison Langdon added. ‘Maybe he covered himself in hot chips or something?’

It comes after it was announced that a fourth Captain America movie is in the works, with Anthony believed to be at the helm. 

The next blockbuster: It comes amid rumours that Marvel are working on Captain America 4, with Anthony at the helm

The next blockbuster: It comes amid rumours that Marvel are working on Captain America 4, with Anthony at the helm 

Chris Evans had previously starred as lead protagonist in the Captain America films, but his character gave up his title in the final Avengers movie to live a life with the woman he loved. 

Anthony recently told Entertainment Weekly that he found out about the movie speculation while at a grocery store by a store clerk.

‘I literally found out yesterday in a grocery store. The checkout guy named Dwayne, a cool cat, he’s like, “Yo, man. Is this real?!” while holding up a phone.’

‘I’m like, “I haven’t heard anything.” That’s what I love about working for Marvel. They call you, they’re like, “Come to L.A. We wanna tell you what’s going on.” So, I’m excited to see what happens, but I haven’t heard anything,’ he added.

Store: When asked his thoughts about the upcoming movie, Anthony said he was first told by a grocery store clerk named Dwayne

Store: When asked his thoughts about the upcoming movie, Anthony said he was first told by a grocery store clerk named Dwayne

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