‘The Night Before’ Star Anthony Mackie Perfectly Details How to Cook a Raccoon

by Ashley Crossan 6:56 PM PST, November 18, 2015
Playing ‘The Night Before’ Star Anthony Mackie Perfectly Details How to Cook a Raccoon

This is the interview we never knew we needed…

ET was with The Night Before stars Anthony Mackie, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Seth Rogen, Jillian Bell and Ilana Glazer – and when the conversation turned to holiday traditions, we got an exclusive sneak peek into Thanksgiving at the Mackie home.

“[There’s a] butcher shop in New Orleans […] where they take another wildlife and put it in the turkey,” said Mackie. “You can get a raccoon in it, you can get a squirrel in there.”

Sorry, Mackie, have you eaten a raccoon before?

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“It’s honestly the best meat you’ll ever have!” he stressed.

And while it may have been best just to leave it at that, JGL asked the one question we were all wondering, “How do you prepare it?”

“Well you have to de-musk them. Under all his legs and his neck, there's a muscle. So you have to cut out the musk or else it'll stink up your house,” Mackie told the giggling group in full detail. “And then you chop him up in small pieces...”

Okay! Well, in other news – The Night Before is Mackie’s first foray into the comedy world, and it’s clear he certainly knows how to make us laugh.

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“It's definitely my first comic venture,” said Mackie. “ I never thought I would be in this movie when I went to audition!”

While the movie may be holiday-themed, it was actually shot during the summertime while the cast was sporting thick Christmas sweaters.

“It was hot!” said Rogen. “It was a musky New York summer.”

“But way better than shooting all night in the winter,” chimed in Joseph Gordon-Levitt, who told us they did a few shots in the winter months. “I couldn’t even talk, my mouth was so cold.”

If you’re wondering how the rest of the raccoon-meat conversation went, it goes into much greater detail in the hilarious video above.

The Night Before hits theaters Nov. 20.