Anthony Mackie Is Having Raccoon For Thanksgiving Dinner — Get His Tips on How to Cook Up Your Own

11/19/2015 at 02:14 PM ET

When many families across America sit down to a turkey this coming Thanksgiving, Anthony Mackie will be chowing down on a different kind of meat: raccoon. No, seriously.

The actor gave his The Night Before castmates an unexpected lesson on how to perfectly prepare the critter during an interview with Entertainment Tonight, just in time for the holidays.

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“[There’s a] butcher shop in New Orleans … where they take another wildlife and put it in the turkey,” Mackie told co-stars Seth Rogen, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Ilana Glazer and Jillian Bell. “You can get a raccoon in it, you can get a squirrel in there.”

The Louisiana native said that he prefers raccoon meat to the more popular “Turducken” (turkey with duck and chicken stuffed inside), although he did contend the combo is “gangsta.”

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As his intrigued cast mates prodded him for more information, Mackie insisted that raccoon is “honestly the best meat you’ll ever have.”

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Columbia Pictures

When it comes to cooking it, the 37-year-old said de-musking is the first step.

“Under all his legs and his neck, there’s a muscle,” he explained. “So you have to cut out the musk or else it’ll stink up your house.”

Mackie said he eats the animal “probably two, three” times a year, and it’s best over spaghetti or with “that brown gravy.”

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Gordon-Levitt and Rogen seemed game to join Mackie for a raccoon hunting trip, but it appeared the movie’s female stars were happy to stick with their Thanksgiving dinner staples.

In The Night Before, Mackie, Rogen and Gordon-Levitt play a trio of friends who have spent every Christmas together for 14 years. After realizing the tradition must come to an end, they decide to go out with a bang.

The movie hits theaters on Nov. 20.

—Lindsay Kimble, @lekimble

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The Latest Craze in Disco Styles Is See-Through Jeans—but Beware of Foggy Bottoms
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On a clear day, you can see forever—or at least that’s the wicked thought behind L.A. designer Agi Berliner’s transparent idea: see-through jeans. Exhibitionists notwithstanding, most folks wear them over bathing suits or as attention-getting evening wear with halters, garter belts and body stockings. Created for the disco crowd, the $34 jeans are selling like, well, hot pants. In just six weeks, 25,000 pairs have already been sold in such major department store chains as Macy’s, Bonwit’s and Saks.

“What’s limiting American designers is that we’re afraid to do something different,” says Berliner, 32, a Hungarian émigré who fled with her family to the U.S. in 1956. Agi thought up the gimmick in London while marveling at the way plastics were being employed by designers of punk fashion. In her L.A. office, where she designs for La Parisienne junior sportswear, Agi spent five days on the phone and six weeks testing to come up with the right plastic.

Agi herself tried out the French-cut jeans with the zipper in front, and quickly found several problems: Some plastics tore away from stitching, others wouldn’t bend and all fogged with perspiration. The ideal material proved to be a vinyl supplied by a bookbinder. The steam was eliminated with a series of vents behind the knees and in the crotch. “They’re no hotter than polyester pants,” claims Agi, “and if you wear them with tights, they won’t stick to your legs.”

Whatever the discomfort and despite the problem of Saturday night feverishness, discomaniacs report one major advantage of the plastic pants: no laundry bills. To keep Berliner’s see-through jeans clear, all the wearer needs is a little Windex.

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A jackass eating a raccoon.

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PCC on

Good for him, but I’d eat Tofurky before eating a raccoon.

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