The Marvel Cinematic Universe’s Winter Soldier was a lot more talkative during his Salt Lake Comic Con panel than his masked, brooding supervillain character.
Though fans peppered Sebastian Stan with questions about the upcoming “Captain America: Civil War,” he couldn’t say much about the anticipated schism between the superheroes. His Friday afternoon panel marked Stan’s first solo outing on a convention stage.
Stan did say, though, that he gets to spend a lot of time with Anthony Mackie — who will make his own panel appearance Saturday — and that the action scenes are even better than those in “Captain America: The Winter Soldier.” That’s coming from the man who tore up Washington, D.C., with grenades, guns and a magnetic bomb.
He also gets to talk a whole lot more.
Of course, in the comics, Bucky comes back around and even assumes the role of Captain America in Steve Rogers’ absence. If Chris Evans were to depart similarly, would Stan rather put on the Red, White and Blues, or give that honor to Mackie, whose character currently is carrying the mantle in the comics?
The talkative Stan grinned and gave a more Winter Soldier-esque: “Myself.”
Whether the movies will let him wield the shield, though, is impossible for him to say.
“I’ll say this: They sure like to dangle a cheese in front of my nose a lot,” Stan said. In both movies, he’s picked up Cap’s shield in the middle of a battle, as a quick homage to Bucky’s tenure as Captain America in the comic books. “They’re like ‘Oh yeah, that’s where you pick up the shield,’ and I’m like, ‘Yeah, I’ve heard that one before. There it is again.'”
“But I don’t know. If I could say one thing, if anyone can have anything to do with it, to make it happen, is you,” he added, pointing from the stage to a roaring crowd of about 4,500 fans.
For now, though, he’s still the recuperating soldier, a role he prepared for by researching post-traumatic stress disorder, hearing stories about soldiers having difficulty reintegrating after war and reading the Marvel comics. Storylines about Bucky piecing his memories and life together were incredibly helpful for him.
“And everything about his childhood was extremely inspiring,” Stan said. “I didn’t know that he had a sister who ends up going into an orphanage and later ends up dying of Alzheimer’s. The fact that this whole story with his father, all those things were very real for me and very helpful in terms of pulling a person together.” They showed Stan “the fact that this is why he ends up being used by HYDRA and the Russians and so on, because he comes from a really troubled past.”
Though he hasn’t had many lines to imbue with that pathos, Stan isn’t on cruise control through the silent stretches, either. Music, in particular, helped him “always have something going on.”
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.
“Captain America: Civil War” picks up where “Avengers: Age of Ultron” left off, as Steve Rogers leads the new team of Avengers in their continued efforts to safeguard humanity. After another international incident involving the Avengers results in collateral damage, political pressure mounts to install a system of accountability and a governing body to determine when to enlist the services of the team. The new status quo fractures the Avengers while they try to protect the world from a new and nefarious villain.
That’s right – not even in theaters until next July 17, 2015, the mid and end credit scenes for the movie has already been unveiled (well, what will happen in it, at least). According to comicbookmovie.com:
In the mid-credits scene for Ant-Man, “Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) gives the Wasp costume with wings to Hope Van Dyne (Evangeline Lilly)” and “Hank explains to Hope what happened to Hope’s mother Janet Van Dyne.” As for the post-credits scene, “Captain America (Chris Evans) and Falcon (Anthony Mackie) have located The Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan) to a remote location where The Winter Soldier is tied up.” Falcon asks Cap, “Should I call Stark?” He replied “No,” before Falcon says, “I know who to call,” referring to Ant-Man. Falcon appears in key scenes in the movie.
Adding credibility to the above descriptions, the finalized Ant-Man cast list confirms that Anthony Mackie is definitely in the movie while Chris Evans and Sebastian Stan have “uncredited” roles. Evidently, they all, including Paul Rudd, return in Captain America: Civil War.
Last January, Captain America star Sebastian Stan had Sundance audiences buzzing about his dark comedy The Bronze, especially since he gets pretty damn naked in an extended (and highly flexible) sex scene. “I was a maybe too enthusiastic about it,” Stan told us with a grin last night at the opening night of The Heidi Chronicles, “but I certainly, uh, brought everything I had.”
And then some! Stan plays a preening gymnastics coach in the film, and when he finally has his romp with Melissa Rauch’s former Olympic athlete, the two of them cartwheel, leap, and pile-drive each other in the nude. “I really enjoyed the people I was working with, and when they explained to me what the scene was about, it was so funny,” Stan said. “I just thought, You know what, you’ve just got to jump in the water sometimes, right? You’ve just got to take your clothes off and go for it.” So he overcame his initial hesitations about baring all? “No, that’s the thing, I had no hesitation,” he laughed. “I was very happy about it.”
Stan will soon have to report for duty for Captain America: Civil War, where he’ll be reprising his role as the conflicted Winter Soldier. Has he seen a script yet? “You know, I have, actually, believe it or not!” he said, sounding as surprised as anyone. We wondered whether there’d be much room for his character in a Captain America sequel that adds Iron Man, Black Panther, Spider-Man, and Hawkeye to the mix, and Stan wasn’t willing to allay our fears. “You should figure that one out,” he laughed. “I have no idea.”
The Sundance Film Festival kicks off on Thursday night with the premiere of “The Bronze,” which opens in the same plum spot that launched “Whiplash” last year. And like ”Whiplash,” “The Bronze” focuses on hyper-devoted players in a niche world of competition.
“The Bronze,” directed by Bryan Buckley (he made the 2004 Sundance short “Krug”), tells the story of a washed-up Olympics gymnast named Hope (Melissa Rauch) who tries to regain her glory days in a small town. The buzzy comedy, which hasn’t screened widely yet, is already drawing comparisons to “Napoleon Dynamite,” thanks to quotable one-liners in its screenplay. Rauch co-wrote it with her husband Winston, and they cast Marvel heartthrob Sebastian Stan as an aging male Olympics medal-winner who serves as the love interest/arch nemesis.
Stan, coming off a strong 2014 thanks to his pivotal role as the Winter Soldier in “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” spoke to Variety about making “The Bronze.”
Tell me about the premise of the “The Bronze.”
It’s about the world of gymnastics. It’s a world we know very little about, and it’s a dark comedy about what happens to some of these triathletes that we see in competition who train since they are very young and their life just becomes about winning. Hope, after winning a bronze medal, lives in this bitter world, stuck in reflecting about the past and reliving her memories in a small town. I play Lance Tucker who is the splitting image of her, an ex-gold medalist-turned-adviser turned mentor.
Do you do your own stunts?
A little bit. I did a lot of research into the world of gymnastics and what kind of training these guys do. I watched a lot of videos, as many as I could find. God bless the Internet for that. I looked at the men’s Olympics teams from the last decade, going back to the ’70s and ’80s. A gymnast is the most physically all-around-perfect specimen. The training is so difficult on so many levels. It’s a very twisted world, in my opinion. We live in an age now where we’re seeing different sides to sports. We’re seeing what we see on TV, and then we’re seeing all the other stuff that goes into forming the image.
How did you get cast?
The script got sent to me by my agent. I read it and it was literally one of the things where I couldn’t stop laughing. I was laughing so much, I was calling my friends and quoting my character. Sometimes you read something, and you get so excited to the point where you can’t stop thinking about it. I then had a meeting with Melissa and Winston and Bryan Buckley. We had a two-hour conversation about our ideas. I was very lucky, I didn’t need to audition.
Have you been to Sundance before?
I’ll tell you, I’ve never been to Sundance. I have to get on a plane immediately on Friday [to shoot another movie], so I won’t actually be around for long. I always see those cast portraits, and all I ever wanted was to be in one of those portraits with a beard. But I won’t even be able to do that.
How has starring in “Captain America” changed your career?
Credit is due where credit is due–2014 was a very different year for me because of “Winter Soldier.” The awareness of me in terms of the industry has been very different. It’s granted me more opportunity to be able to search for the projects I want to be involved in, and work with the kind of filmmakers I’m really interested in working with. Bryan Buckley, to me, I feel like he’s going to be someone you’re going to know for a long time time. I was like, “Wow, I got the chance to work this guy before everyone is going to want to work with him.”
Deadline.com — In addition to returning in his Bucky Barnes/The Winter Soldier character in Captain America 3, Sebastian Stan has been set for two strong roles. On the heels of wrapping the Duplass brothers’ film The Bronze, he will play NASA scientist Dr. Chris Beck in Ridley Scott’s The Martian co-starring Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain, Chiwetel Ejoifor, Jeff Daniels and Kristen Wiig, a film based off of the pioneering e-book and bestselling novel by Andy Weir.
Stan has also just been set to play Joshua, the estranged son to Meryl Streep’s rocker mom, in the Jonathan Demme-directed Ricki And The Flash at TriStar. Written by Diablo Cody, the film also stars Kevin Kline and Rick Springfield. Then it’s back to Captain America 3.