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Anthony Mackie recently made headlines after joking that he would “100 percent” run Donald Trump’s campaign over Hilary Clinton’s. Problem is, the actor’s comment was NOT taken as a joke.

“I mean, first, that’ll be the best party ever when he won, and, second, Trump’s an easy sell,” the actor said during an interview with BET to promote his latest film, Our Brand Is Crisis. “When you look at Trump, he’s an easy sell because you can sell him as the guy who worked his way up from nothing.”

Mackie later clarified his comments via Twitter, suggesting that his statement was “a bad attempt at a joke.”

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Unfortunately, the backlash stemming from essentially being misquoted has now made Mackie a tad more guarded when it comes to his relationship with the media. “I thought the press and celebrities had like a relationship where I give you interviews and you portray me in a good light,” he told HipHollywood exclusively while at the announcements for the SAG Awards nominations.

He continued, “But we are in a generation of soundbites and soundbites aren’t fair to the people who are coming to your website or watching your interviews. I now know the relevance of a soundbite and I will not be giving those anymore.”

Mackie is currently starring in several films in theaters, including The Night Before and Love the Coopers.

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What ‘Geostorm’s’ Gerard Butler & Abbie Cornish Wish They Could Control Via Satellite

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One of the many taglines for the new drama, Geostorm, is simply: “Some things weren’t meant to be controlled.”

The film follows a team comprised of world leaders that have one goal in mind: to save the world from natural disasters with the creation of Dutch Boy, a series of satellite grids that control weather and natural disasters around the world.

And while the movie is flooded with action and stellar performances, the film ironically rivals recent natural disasters and crises around the world, and welcomes a bigger conversation. “That’s the genus behind the movie,” the film’s star, Gerard Butler, told HipHollywood. “But nobody knew how acutely it was going to be happening when the movie came out.”

He added, “It’s fun, it’s epic, it’s exciting, but at its core, it’s like, listen, ‘We gotta be careful. We gotta be really careful.”

Co-star Jim Sturgess added. “There is this sort of backbone, a message about climate change, and you kind of hope that audience members leave with that somewhere in the consciousness.”

With the idea, however, that a large unit could control the world’s natural weather patterns, imagine if the same could apply for people’s personal lives.

So when HipHollywood sat down with the cast of the film, we asked: If you could have a grid of satellites over your personal life, what would it control?

For Abbie Cornish, she “wouldn’t mind a satellite that could bring all the local organic seasonal fruits and vegetables to my house ” or “a satellite to drop down fresh flowers.” Jim Sturgess suggested he would love help with “being late for things.”

But it was Butler who suggested “integration.”

He explained, “As opposed to having different satellites and saying, ‘Here’s one for my personal life, here’s one for my relationships, here’s one for my career; I’d rather just have one big satellite, combine them all together, and just shine a whole bunch of positive inspirational light on me as a whole.”

Geostorm hits theaters on Friday, October 20.

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