“I’m haunted by that movie Birdman,” Sebastian Stan tells me as we sit in a hotel room at the Los Angeles Four Seasons while the press day for Captain America: Civil War unfolds around us. Based on the number of men and women with headsets stationed near doors, you’d think there was a head of state in town — and really, how far off is that comparison? The Avengers actors aren’t running any nations, but they do represent Disney’s flagship franchise, one so elaborate they had to invent a term for it: a cinematic universe. By the time Civil War leaves theaters, this universe will have made Disney $10 billion worldwide; knowing that, the pomp and circumstance doesn’t seem so overblown.
Stan, who plays Bucky Barnes, a.k.a. the Winter Soldier — namesake of the second Captain America movie and an even bigger part of this new one — is clearly trying to wrap his head around this superhero life. Thus, the reference to Birdman: a movie about an actor attempting to erase the memories of his superhero alter ego by staging a serious play; a movie in which an actor’s superhero alter ego follows him like a ghost, reminding him it’s the hero people want to see, not the washed-up actor and his play; a movie that exists as a rebuke to the tights-clad tentpoles that have taken over the industry. This seems like a matter for a licensed therapist, not one of the revolving door of journalists coming through press day. Is Stan worried that his alter ego, the Winter Soldier, will overtake Sebastian Stan, the actor?
“I think that depends on what choices you make as an actor in your time off,” he explains. “But it’s an interesting — I love how in Birdman, it talks so much about where the persona ends and when the person and the character become the same thing. Because I’ve seen that happen with certain people. Certain characters become so popular, right, because people just love to see them.”
It’s a valid consideration for a guy like Stan, who has chops and experience and was certainly not raised with the expectation of becoming a movie star. Born in Romania, Stan made his way to the United States by the age of 12 and studied at Rutgers’ Mason Gross School of the Arts, including a year at Shakespeare’s Globe Theater in London. After school, he did work on the stage, including a run with Liev Schreiber in Eric Bogosian’s Talk Radio — here’s Stan doing a Bogosian monologue — as well as on film and TV, highlighted by a recurring role on Gossip Girl and parts in Black Swan and Rachel Getting Married. Continue reading
Back in March Sebastian touched on the subject of this film briefly with Den Of Geek, referring to the project as an “Indie” film and calling it “Steve’s Umbrella,” which we now learn has been re-titled as “I’m Not Here.” The film stars Sebastian, J.K. Simmons, Mandy Moore, Max Greenfield, David Koechner, and Harold Perrineau to name a few of the key cast.
Keep reading below to find out more about the film.
In a package from Gersh and ICM Partners that has come together in time for Cannes, the Oscar-winner will star with Sebastian Stan from current blockbuster Captain America: Civil War and Maika Monroe in Rubber Tree Production’s left-field love story.
I’m Not Here has just started production in Los Angeles and centres on a man – to be played by Simmons and Stan – striving for redemption when he meets a flawed yet fearless woman.
Mandy Moore, Max Greenfield, David Koechner, Harold Perrineau, and newcomers Iain Armitage and Jeremy Maguire round out the key cast.
Michelle Schumacher directs from a screenplay she co-wrote with Tony Cummings and produces alongside Randle Schumacher and Eric Radzan for Rubber Tree Productions.
Gersh and ICM Partners represent worldwide sales and will introduce I’m Not Here to buyers at the market in Cannes next week.
Simmons currently stars in The Meddler with Susan Sarandon, while Monroe will be seen in summer release Independence Day: Resurgence.
Thanks to site visitor Weronika for the heads up!
Sebastian was on The Late Late Show with James Corden on May 5th to promote his film Captain America: Civil War (which is now in theaters, by the way!), where he discussed the film albeit while charming the hell out of Sharon Stone along with ladies and gents everywhere (let’s be honest). It’s a great interview for sure with lots of laughs.
You can watch the entire episode below if you missed it, and check out HD captures in our gallery now.
This is only part one of Sebastian’s interview, so stay tuned for the second part coming next week!
On the eve of the US release of “Captain America: Civil War” hear Will speak with actor Sebastian Stan about managing relationships surrounding a massive premiere, growing up in a conservative home and the type of Uber driver he would be.