The Bronze, a (hard) R-rated comedy about washed-up Olympic gymnast Hope who can’t move past her glory days, stars Big Bang Theory’s Melissa Rauch. Captain America: Winter Soldier’s Sebastian Stan plays rival gymnast Lance.
So here’s one thing you should know about Sundance movie that gets a theatrical release March: Rauch and Stan’s characters have…
“The most crazy, epic gymnastics sex scene ever!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!”
At least that’s how the movie’s major love scene was described in its script, said Rauch, who wrote the film with her husband, at the movie’s Hollywood premiere Monday.
That would explain why the laugh-out-loud-funny scene contains flips, splits and handstands. So, how did that sequence come together? Rauch explained:
“We sorta bullet-pointed what those (gymnastic) moves would be. It was the closest to a porn that I think I’ll ever write. And we had a phenomenal gymnastics coordinator, Kristina Baskett, who did all of the gymnastics including the ‘sex-tastics.'”
Another important element of the sequence: Rauch and Sebastian Stan had Cirque du Soleil performers as body doubles, “but Sebastian did a lot of his own stunts,” said Rauch.
So we asked Stan: Which stunts were his own?
“I would say there’s a few upside-down press-up pumps that are happening that are all me,” he admitted.
Last May, a group of fellow reporters and I got to visit the set of Civil War and speak with Evans and Stan. During our conversation, they talked about Bucky’s psychological state and struggling with the guilt over the things he did as the Winter Soldier, putting Steve into a new, difficult position, how both characters dealing with being “men out of time,” and more. Read the full interview below.
Sebastian, the screenwriters mentioned Bucky’s journey as someone who has to wrestle with doing 70 years of doing evil. Can you talk a bit about your character’s journey in this film and how his separation works as opposed to Cap’s just being on ice.
SEBASTIAN STAN: I think it would be similar to what [Cap] went through. Where we find the character is really where he’s at the post-credits scene at the end of Winter Soldier. So that’s where he picks up in this film. It very much is a big struggle, figuring out what his life has been about and what he’s really been up to. That’s what I think the similarity between them is. They’re men out of time, struggling to embrace this new life, and how do they do it.
Can you speak a little more as to where he’s at when we pick up with him? Is he a loner sort of drifting?
SEBASTIAN STAN: I’ll say this. Whatever notions you had about that post-credits scene where you see him in the museum and obviously he’s staring at himself, whatever ideas you got from that scene, keep thinking about those and go with your own thoughts on that.
Where is Cap when we pick up in this movie?
EVANS: He’s still on the search for Bucky. That’s the thing about these movies. You go do The Avengers, you gotta put your own plot on hiatus for a second, and then we try to pick up where we left off. A big piece of that is searching for Bucky. But at the same time, we left off The Avengers [Age of Ultron] with a new team of Avengers. So they’re still trying to break in the new members. And I think it’s no secret that what happens is there’s a world around them that expects a little bit more responsibility for their actions. The Avengers have been operating independent of any government restriction, so I think there’s plenty of people that makes nervous. I don’t think I’m giving anything away by saying what happens is certain governments expect a bit of a change.
STAN: That’s why it’s kinda cool, since it parallels a lot of the things we’re dealing with now. Thinking about all the recent stuff about the government being able to look into your phone, to see what you’re texting or who you’re calling.
EVANS: Don’t look into my phone. Career over.
STAN: It’s very relevant. That’s where the Russos have been great, because the movie will be relevant to things that are happening today, that you read in the news.
The very title of Captain America: Civil War lends itself to the notion of friends vs. friends, but it’s a real doozy when Team Cap battles Team Iron Man in the new film (out May 6). Alliances shift, bad feelings are had, and you have awesome moments like the one in the first Civil War trailer where Steve Rogers (Chris Evans), aka Cap, and the Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan), aka Cap’s childhood friend Bucky Barnes and former brainwashed Hydra assassin, throw down with Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.).
Two against one may not be fair, but it’s sure fun to watch — and enjoyable to play, says Stan:
“It’s one of those days where the equivalent would be that scene in Apollo 13 when the astronauts come back and they’ve survived reentry to Earth and you cut to mission control and everyone’s like ‘Yeah!’ “
He admits that the scene, which had to be done in one take and involved well-choreographed fighting moves plus a bunch of shield sharing, took them just about 15 times to get right. Plus, there were times when Evans and Stan would be going through the scene without having Iron Man there at all just in case there needed to be CGI effects added in later. “Then you’re just fighting air, which is even more difficult.”
Stan’s looking forward to fans seeing Steve and Bucky — or as the Internet likes to call them, #Stucky — fighting side by side again with the added emotional layers of having to beat down Cap’s other friend from the Avengers.
“This is how I would look at it: It’s three people and they’re on a boat in the middle of the ocean, the boat is sinking and the boat may stay afloat with one less person on it. So who has to go? It’s inevitable at that point because blood will always win in the end, and (Steve and Bucky) are really like blood brothers.”
While doing rounds of interviews for his role in The Martian at the Toronto International Film Festival, Sebastian Stan fielded a few questions about the highly anticipated Marvel film, Captain America: Civil War. In the former film—Ridley Scott‘s space-based sci-fi adventure—Stan plays Dr. Chris Beck, the mission crew’s flight surgeon and self-professed adrenaline junkie; in Captain America, he’ll return as Bucky Barnes, aka The Winter Soldier. Despite the well-known aura of secrecy surrounding the Marvel Studios production, Steve was able to get a few answers out of the actor.
Steve sat down with Stan to relive his experiences both during and after his appearance in Captain America: The Winter Soldier, the amount of dialogue in the new film, a spoiler-free chat about the Ant-Man post-credits scene, and the prospect of starring in future Avengers movies. Stan even gets a few return shots in at DC/WB director Zack Snyder, defending Marvel and Ant-Man.
I know you were born in Romania. But every time I remember that, I’m surprised because you play these “all-American”-type roles.
I know. I’m not quite sure how that ended up, but I’m happy that people look to me that way. But, yes, I’m not from here!
Bucky Barnes is the epitome of an “all-American guy.”
But you have to remember that The Winter Soldier has this weird Russian background and his own Eastern European kind of background — and so do I. So it’s a great fit I guess.
The Martian is the most fun movie about being stranded on a desolate death planet that I could ever imagine. It doesn’t wallow in its own misery, and it could have done that.
Of course! And I think that’s one of the great things about it. The movie knows how to make fun of itself a little bit. Like, you’re rooting with him and you’re always aware of the stakes. But, at the same time, there’s a fun balance of humor there, just letting you kind of remember just how ridiculous this situation is. The fact that this guy is farming in his own sh*t on a different planet. And the movie doesn’t shy away from kind of making fun of that.
In something like Cast Away, maybe it’s more frustrating to know there are other humans probably 100 miles away, as opposed to being on Mars where the situation is so extreme, a person might respond with more levity.
I was talking to a couple people last night and they were telling me about how they had three screenings for The Martian when they were editing it. The first screening, the people who watched the movie walked away from it going, “You know what? He makes fun of everything. I don’t buy it. It seems like he’s going to survive.” So, the stakes weren’t high enough. Then there was another screening where they took away the humor and it got really serious. And then the third version is the one where they merged the two and they found the right balance — which is why editing is amazing and the key. That’s why they are composers, in a way.
There has to be humor for us to relate. Your character in this movie is a genius. All the characters are geniuses.
Yeah, absolutely. And as actors, it’s funny, everyone keeps asking, “Did you do research? Did you talk to NASA?” And, yes, we did research and so on and did our best to learn…
So you’re all set if you get stranded in space.
Not… at… all. In fact, we all agreed on just how quickly we would die.
The lesson from all of this is, unless you’re an astronaut, do not go to space.
Yeah, maybe not. It’s just funny to read about all of these privately funded projects. You know, because there are people trying to go there with a one-way ticket. And I go, I hope you know what you’re signing up for. That’s six months of radiation for a one-way ticket.
It sounds like they want to try to colonize it, but it’s not really that easy.
I don’t even know if people think that far ahead, to be honest.
I don’t think that trip is ever going to happen. NASA will go someday.
Of course. And I think it will happen in our lifetime.
It’s the half-way point of a special one-year mission on the International Space Station. NASA is testing the limits of extended stays in outer space. That’s as a new movie about an extended stay on Mars is about to premiere.
“This will come as quite a shock to my crew mates — and to NASA — and to the entire world — but I’m still alive. Surprise!” said Mark Watney, Matt Damon’s character in “The Martian.”
“The Martian” centers on one astronaut’s survival on planet Mars. He is believed to be dead, but proves otherwise, and then needs to be rescued.
Actors from the movie visited the Johnson Space Center to compare notes with astronauts and crew members.
It was a chance for Sebastian Stan and Mackenzie Davis to meet ISS astronaut Mike Hopkins.
Mackenzie Davis: “Well, how long is a spacewalk?”
Mike Hopkins: “Spacewalks typically are about six hours.”
Davis: “Six hours!”
Hopkins: “Six hours, but that doesn’t tell the whole story. There’s a long procedure on getting into the suit.”
Sebastian Stan: “Forty-five minutes, right, it takes you, or more?”
Hopkins: “No, it’s even more than that. Yeah, it’s five or six hours from when we start preparing to when we’re actually going out the hatch. And all of a sudden it’s six hours later and you’re coming in after completing a space walk.”
For realism when making films about space, Hollywood often collaborates with NASA.
Sebastian Stan talked about one problem in making the film.
Stan: “I should mention, by the way, that when they made our astronaut suits, they did not, like, think about us going on pee breaks, at all!”
Hopkins: “Ditto! Yeah! That’s … it’s the same!”
“The Martian” opens in theaters on October 2nd.