Category: Interviews

Jan
20

Sebastian Stan’s Career Was Transformed By ‘I, Tonya,’ So He Went Looking for More Indies

IndieWire.com — Nearly a decade into his turn as Marvel’s Bucky Barnes — otherwise known as The Winter Soldier — actor Sebastian Stan is busier than ever, but not with the kind of safe commercial bets that other franchise players might be pursuing. A year after taking on the risky role of former criminal and national laughingstock Jeff Gillooly in Craig Gillespie’s Oscar-winning “I, Tonya,” Stan is still chasing unconventional supporting roles in smaller features.

In Karyn Kusama’s “Destroyer,” he acts opposite Nicole Kidman as an undercover police officer helping Kidman’s no-nonsense detective through a dangerous mission that destroys her life. It’s a tricky r ole for any actor to hold their own opposite a proven movie star in dark, moody thriller, but Stan said that “I, Tonya” opened him up to embrace that sort of challenge.

“It was definitely a transformative year for me, in terms of what I want,” Stan said in an interview, and he credited “I, Tonya” with shifting his priorities. “It kind of set the bar for me in what I wanted going forward.”

The rest of his current schedule speaks to the actor’s interest in peering beyond the commercial realm: He starred in Stacie Passon’s Shirley Jackson adaptation “We Have Always Lived in the Castle,” which debuted at LAFF earlier this year, and he recently wrapped roles in Todd Robinson’s true-life war drama “The Last Full Measure” and Argyris Papadimitropoulos’ romantic drama “Monday.”

After years of working in franchise mode, “I, Tonya” opened the actor up to exploring these opportunities. “It led me to want to look for that again, to find more things that scare me, and that are challenging,” he said. “I came out of that movie feeling like, ‘I don’t know how I’m gonna find the situation again.’ I was really wanting to find that again, and lo and behold, I actually did.”

However, “Destroyer” nearly slipped beyond his grasp. Stan originally met with Kusama to discuss the role of cult leader Silas, played in the film by Toby Kebbell, though he had some initial reservations about taking on another dark role. “I was actually concerned, after ‘I, Tonya,’ because I was like, ‘God, this is gonna be another really dark, dark role, I don’t know if I can sort just get into that again,’” he said.

He wanted to work with Kusama and Kidman, but walked away from the meeting wondering if the role was a fit, and even made his own audition tape as the character to further feel it out.

“I put a scene on my iPhone, and I sent it to her,” he said. “I said, ‘Hey, look, I just got inspired, and I want you to check this out, and you let me know what you think, obviously, you know, whatever you feel is best.’” Weeks went by without an update and Stan figured he didn’t make the cut. In October 2017, Kusama finally called. “She said, ‘You know, I loved your tape, but actually I feel like you’d be better in this role, the other role,’” he said.

As a choosy performer who takes his time pursuing various roles, Stan admits he wasn’t immediately comfortable with Marvel superstardom.

“I don’t think it came naturally to me,” Stan said of his ease with his fans and fame. “Even if you look back a few years ago, I remember doing interviews and just being so scared and just trying to take it all in. I feel like I’ve learned a way to sort of embrace it.” He added with a laugh, “You can see it, if you go on YouTube.” (Admittedly, in some of Stan’s earliest video interviews for “Captain America: First Avenger,” he looks ready to jump out of his skin.)

These days, he appears more comfortable with the role. His Instagram account is filled with pictures and videos of him interacting with fans, and happily so. He’s a vocal supporter of the charity Our Big Day Out, which aims to provide shelter and a better way of life for children in Stan’s home country Romania. It’s raised thousands of dollars over the years, with big pushes often spearheaded by the actor’s fans in honor of the star.

He’s understandably tight-lipped about what to expect from future Marvel movies (he’s credited on the upcoming “Avengers: Endgame,” but isn’t entirely sure what stuff he filmed will be in the final cut). But he’s quick to talk about his latest projects, including an untitled romance directed by Drake Doremus, which allowed him to stretch his improv muscles. As for other genres he’d like to explore, he’s interested in doing a period piece like “Game of Thrones,” something that would let him play around with “a great accent.”

And he’s not saying no to more big films, though it’s the smaller ones that seem most top of mind.

“Look, I would never necessarily say no to a lead in a franchise,” he said. “I love all movies, so I’m game. … I think I’ve been so lucky to have this Marvel universe to go back to. I’ve learned a tremendous amount in 10 years. They’ve given me so many opportunities, and one of the opportunities that they’ve given me is a chance to go out there and find something that’s gonna stretch me in some way, and challenge me in a way that’s gonna be different. … I mean, how much better than that can it get?”

Nov
17

Sebastian Stops by Jimmy Kimmel LIVE to Discuss ‘Destroyer’

On November 8th, Sebastian stopped by Jimmy Kimmel LIVE for his first solo appearance on the late night talk show. During his visit he discussed his upcoming film with Nicole Kidman Destroyer which is set for a Christmas Day release.

You can find high quality screen captures, promotional stills and arrival candids from his appearance int he gallery now. Including the video interview below:



Sep
11

Video: Sebastian Talks ‘Destroyer’ at 2018 Toronto International Film Festival

You can watch all the interviews Sebastian took part in during his time promoting his film Destroyer at the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival in the playlist below. More will be added to it as they’re found. 🙂

Sep
10

TIFF: Sebastian on his role in ‘Destroyer’ “Good People Can Do Bad Things”

Jun
03

Photos: Hugo Boss Unveil’s New Singapore MBS Store

On May 25th, Sebastian along with Avengers co-star and fellow Hugo Boss representative Chris Hemsworth took part in celebrating as Hugo Boss unveiled their newest MBS store in Singapore. Sebastian also was interviewed during and before the event and you can find those videos and photos below:


Jun
03

Video: ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ Press Tour Interviews

Hey guys! Since I wasn’t able to be around while the Avengers: Infinity War was ongoing, I’ve collected as many interviews as I could find and made a playlist for easier browsing. You can view those below:

Mar
29

SlashFilm: Sebastian Stan & Anthony Mackie Talk ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ and Reacting to a Talking Raccoon (On Set Interview)

SlashFilm.com — And now, here is our final interview from the set of Avengers: Infinity War. Today, we bring you our roundtable conversation with Sebastian Stan (Bucky Barnes, AKA Winter Solider) and Anthony Mackie (Sam Wilson, AKA Falcon).

In typical Marvel fashion, the actors were told to reveal nothing to us. This is sometimes frustrating for a journalist on set just trying to figure out what exactly he is watching, but in this case, it’s extremely entertaining. You may not learn much from this interview with Mackie and Stan, but I promise that you will enjoy their antics.

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Anthony Mackie: Hello, everyone. Welcome to Avengers 3. My name is Anthony Mackie. This is Sebastian Stan. If you have any questions, direct towards us. We will answer them in a timely fashion. Do not ask anything about the movie because we will not answer. This will go extremely well and you will enjoy.

What’d you think about Wonder Woman?

Sebastian Stan: I haven’t seen it.

Mackie: Loved it. It’s great. Ladies, great job all of you. Great job. I’m very proud of you.

We noticed Bucky isn’t frozen. You’re walking around here. 

Stan: This is where he’s not frozen. That’s good for someone.

What’s he doing in Wakanda? 

Stan: The same thing he was doing in Wakanda the last time you saw him in Wakanda.

Mackie: Hanging out. Eating Wakandanese food.

Stan: Dreaming in his little spacecraft. Well, that’s the last time you saw him, right? So, he’s here taking in the scenery, I guess. And the scenery ain’t great?

Will he be in Black Panther? Because that’ll have come out by the time we run this. 

Mackie: We’ve already told you, we can’t say. I congratulated your people and everything. You’re messing it up.

In between Civil War and Infinity War, has Falcon been with Cap and Widow? 

Mackie: No. We all kind of went on our separate ways after Civil War. We all kind of went on our separate ways and we were in hiding because of everything that happened in Civil War. So now, we get the call to rally, and here we are: Avengers 3.

What are you rallying for? 

Mackie: Freedom. Truth. Social liberties and peace with all men and women.

Stan: And Mel Gibson.

So the villain in this one is Thanos. What can you tell us about Thanos? What does Winter Solider think about him? What does Falcon think about him?

Stan: Winter Soldier is just enjoying his new arm. And that’s really where he’s at.

Mackie: It’s a nice arm. All lubed up and ready to go.

Stan: And he’s learning new information as he goes along.

Your character is a very realistic kind of guy, so what does he think when he hears about this all-powerful being who’s going to kill everyone?

Mackie: One thing about Falcon I’ve always loved since the beginning of discovering this character is his Military background, his belief that his job in life to fight for his fellow man. So when he hears about [Thanos and] his overall idea of world destruction, he’s very disheartened and shaken by it. He’s eager to get into the fight against this super evil, this diabolical demon known as Thanos. Y’all know who’s playing Thanos? Right! Right? I mean when you think of Thanos–

Stan: You think of W. He was so great in that movie.

Mackie: Brolin.

Stan: He’s a great actor.

Winter Soldier’s been through a lot of emotional trauma. Has he had some therapy since Civil War?

Stan: Absolutely. Yes. Definitely. Much more.

So he’s more peppy and perky? 

Stan: I’ll tell you, in the ten pages that I was allowed to read, I didn’t see that.

Mackie: No perk.

Stan: For the other, I don’t know, 90 to 100 pages that are in this film, that I did not read, I have no idea.

How do your characters feel getting back together again, since we know you were best buds?

Stan: This was our first scene reuniting, and I thought it was warm–

Mackie: It was. A warm greeting. I realized he’s had a rough few years. He’s been frozen. I’m black so I haven’t aged. We’re just surprised to see each other again. On a new mission. Continue reading

Mar
29

Collider: Anthony Mackie and Sebastian Stan on Reuniting with the Avengers

Collider.com — Last summer, I was invited alongside a group of journalists to visit the Atlanta, Georgia set of Avengers: Infinity War. You can read a more in-depth account about my experience on the set here, but suffice it to say that it was indeed epic. The amount of star-power in this movie is mind-boggling, and over the next several weeks I’ll be publishing interviews with the cast and creatives behind it all. They couldn’t reveal much in the way of specifics, of course, but it was really fun to just see their banter and interactions — which is really the crux of what the Avengers movies are all about.

So much has happened in the MCU since we visited Pinewood studios, and we got a little update at the end of Black Panther about Bucky Barnes (Sebastian Stan) , a.k.a. the Winter Soldier’s whereabouts. As for Anthony Mackie’s Falcons, one of the primary questions was that, for such a grounded character, what has it been like for his character to see things like a talking raccoon, much less Thanos? The two actors filled us in:

QUESTION: So what is Bucky doing in Wakanda?

STAN: The same thing he was doing in Wakanda the last time you saw him in Wakanda.

MACKIE: Hanging out. Eating Wakandanese food.

STAN: Dreaming in his little space craft. Well, that’s the last time you saw him, right? So, he’s here taking in the scenery, I guess. And the scenery ain’t great?

In between Civil War and Infinity War, has Falcon been with Cap and Widow?

MACKIE: No. We all kind of went on our separate ways after Civil War. We all kind of went on our separate ways and we were in hiding because of everything that happened in Civil War. So now, we get the call to rally, and here we are: Avengers 3.

What can you tell us about Thanos? What does Winter Solider think about him? What does Falcon think about him?

STAN: Winter Soldier is just enjoying his new arm. And that’s really where he’s at.

MACKIE: It’s a nice arm. All lubed up and ready to go.

STAN: And he’s learning new information as he goes along.

For Anthony, your character is a very realistic kind of guy, so what does he think when he hears about this all-powerful being whose going to kill everyone?

MACKIE: One thing about Falcon I’ve always loved since the beginning of discovering this character is his military background, his belief that his job in life is to fight for his fellow man. So when he hears about Thanos and his overall idea of world destruction, he’s very disheartened and shaken by it. He’s eager to get into the fight against this super evil, this diabolical demon known.

Winter Soldier’s been through a lot of emotional trauma. Has he had some therapy since Civil War?

STANAbsolutely. Yes. Definitely. Much more.

So he’s more peppy and perky?

STAN: I’ll tell you, in the ten pages that I was allowed to read, I didn’t see that.

MACKIE: No perk. Continue reading

Mar
17

Video: Entertainment Tonight ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ Interview with Sebastian

Mar
03

Video: Pint-sized Interviewers Grill Anthony Mackie & Sebastian Stan

Watch pint-sized interviewers grill Avengers: Infinity War stars Anthony Mackie and Sebastian Stan!