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Marshall Movie Alumni Wrap "A Many Splintered Thing"
Mackie’s star continues soaring. He’s playing The Falcon with Evans and Samuel L. Jackson (Nick Fury) in “Captain America Winter Soldier.” The Falcon, the first African American super hero, was created by Stan Lee. The hero hails from Harlem wearing a suit that give him the power to fly and see through the eyes of birds. You’ll also see him in “Gangster Squad” as Coleman Harris, a part for which Jamie Foxx was in contention.
Joining Mackie on this “six degrees” of connection, two of the producers walked the Marshall University campus, rolled film by the fountain, returned the Campus Christian Center to the gathering place following tragedy,, and recreated the emotional scene where Keith Albee moviegoers learned of the Southern Airways jet falling from the sky.
“WAM” director McG (known for “Charles Angels” and “Terminator III”) and Mary Viola produced. Viola, who grew up in New Jersey from where numerous 1970 MU football team members hailed, is credited with shifting the studio’s consideration to the Marshall team tragedy . Ms. Viola worked with the late HNN photographer Chris Spencer on obtaining legal clearance to display actual black and white photos of the Xavier game winning play. She gave him her seat at the Keith Albee premiere, which allowed him to walk the “red carpet” with the filmmakers.
Not unlike re-building from tragedy and repelling super villains , Evans plays a lost in America young man who cons his way into a charity dinner . Pretending to be a philanthropist , he meets the love of his life (Michelle Monaghan), who’s engaged to someone else. Sensing that she’s not happy, he opens a platonic friendship with her hoping it might lead to more than love unrequited.