Anthony Mackie and Harrison Ford

Anthony Mackie recalls Harrison Ford’s response to his nerves on the set of ‘Captain America 4’: ‘Let’s turn to this piece of shit’

“Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny” will be the last time Harrison Ford dons a fedora and whip to play the iconic adventurer, but fans will still have plenty of opportunities to see him on the big screen.

The actor is diving right into another blockbuster Disney franchise by joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe as Thaddeus “Thunderbolt” Ross, the role previously played by the late William Hurt. Ford will make his character debut in next summer’s “Captain America: Brave New World” before suiting up again in “Thunderbolts” this December.

Few Hollywood projects are bigger than a Marvel film, but even Ford’s superhero co-stars have found themselves intimidated by his movie-star gravitas. In an interview with ReverseAnthony Mackie recalled his nerves from working with Ford and the suitably casual way the “Star Wars” legend put him at ease.

“The first day was so intimidating,” Mackie said. “I was so fucking nervous I couldn’t remember my lines. It’s Harrison, fucking Ford. There’s this aura about him. But he dispels that very quickly because he’s such a great guy. She is everything a movie star should be. He said, “Let’s shoot this piece of shit.” And everyone was like, ‘Yeah, let’s shoot this shit.’”

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‘Captain America: Brave New World’ will be the first full film to feature shield-wielding Mackie as Captain America since Chris Evans left the franchise after ‘Avengers: Endgame.’ The actor explained that Ford’s iteration of Thaddeus Ross plays a key role in the film and that the two men share multiple scenes together.

“We spent quite a bit of time together,” she said. “Ross and Cap always had that relationship, where they were friends and they respected each other, but they always butted heads. This is their relationship in the plot.

“Captain America: Brave New World” is directed by Julius Onah from a screenplay written by Dalan Musson and Malcolm Spellman. In addition to Mackie and Ford, the film stars Danny Ramirez, Liv Tyler, Rosa Salazar and Tim Blake Nelson. Disney will release the film in theaters on July 26, 2024.