Watch: Anthony Mackie Talks Fanboying Over Betty White With Jimmy Fallon

by Kevin Schattenkirk

EDGE Media Network Contributor

Friday January 15, 2021

Anthony Mackie ("The Night Before" and Netflix's "Outside the Wire") is a big Betty White fan, AV Club reports.

In a Thursday visit to "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon," Mackie explains that after filming, he often unwinds by watching "Golden Girls" re-runs on the Hallmark Channel — "and if you don't know me, I'm a 'Golden Girl' kind of guy." Fallon responds, "man, they can land a joke, huh?" to which Mackie says "oh they kill it" before praising the varied talents of White and co-stars Rue McClanahan, Bea Arthur, and Estelle Getty.

When Fallon asks if Mackie ever met White, he recalls an event a few years ago in New York City he met White and "I fanboyed out and ran right up to her and was like 'oh my god I love you so much, I'm such a fan — like the episode when you were tapdancing was so beautiful.'"

And White's response? Mackie said, "she laughed and touched my face and she says 'oh you make me wish I was 40 years younger!'"

Elsewhere in the interview — which was to promote his upcoming film "Outside the Wire" — Mackie discusses doing his own stunts after his double was injured on-set; he also dishes on football star Tom Brady (who Mackie would ask to "hug" and "comb his hair"), and actor Paul Rudd's acerbic sense of humor.

Watch the interview here — Mackie talks Betty White at 5:28:

Kevin Schattenkirk is an ethnomusicologist and pop music aficionado.