I’ve added high quality photos of Sebastian from his cover shoot for the January/February 2020 issue of Men’s Health Magazine into the gallery. In addition to high quality screen captures from behind the scenes of his photoshoot AND the “Cheat Day” Short Film which you can find here in case you missed it!
MensHealth.com – Find someone who looks at you the same way Sebastian Stan looks at a box of donuts.
Sebastian Stan is just like you and me, aside from the fact that he’s a chiseled, obscenely handsome action star who played one of the most beloved characters in one of the most successful movie franchises of all time and will play that same beloved character in one of the most ambitious upcoming original series on the most successful new streaming service. But other than that, he’s just like you and me.
And after a long day of work (in this case, a topless photoshoot), Stan likes to unwind like the rest of us normies: with a hearty helping of junk food. In this short film titled Cheat Day, which was conceived by the Men’s Health January/February cover star himself, Stan paces New York City blocks seeking pizza, donuts, dumplings and more. He finishes his quest with a Frankenstein’s monster of sugar, carbs, and who-knows-what combined to produce the most over-the-top cheat day meal you’ve ever seen in your life. Stan also displays his encyclopedic knowledge of the Big Apple’s geography (he grew up an hour north in Rockland County, NY, and once starred on Broadway in William Inge’s Picnic), confirming “there is no 4th and Lex.”
If you only know Stan from the MCU, you might not fully grasp his penchant for absurd humor. But if you truly stan Stan, then you’re familiar with @OneMinuteMen, which features experimental short films starring Stan and his friend Will Malnati. Much like the donut-filled, pizza and potato chips taco monstrosity feasted upon in Cheat Day, Sebastian Stan has layers.
MensHealth.com – To keep up with the Chrises, Stan upgraded his diet, training, and worldview. And 2020 is shaping up to be his best year ever.
THE COFFEE-SHOP staff is having a silent meltdown. The peppermint tea I ordered was forgotten as soon as Sebastian Stan walked in. He orders a coffee, receives it instantly, and goes to put it down on a table. The lid isn’t fully on, and the coffee spills. It’s almost a “stars are just like us” moment, but then a barista suddenly materializes with a paper towel in his outstretched palm. “It’s wet,” he says eagerly.
Stan, 37, is wearing black shorts, a black T-shirt, midcalf black socks, and a gray hoodie missing its drawstring. He looks very off-duty SoHo, which he is: He’s back home in New York City on furlough from preparations for The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, an extravagant collaboration between Marvel and newborn streaming service Disney+.
He’s also wearing a blue baseball cap, which sits slightly higher on his head than it might on the head of someone with less va-va-voom hair. That hair sent the Internet into a tizzy recently, when a poster for Falcon showed Stan with a short cut. In the past when Stan has played the Winter Soldier (né Bucky Barnes), he’s had shoulder-length hair. Next to his forehead, which is giant—the White Cliffs of Dover of foreheads—the longer style made him look very sinister.
Stan is somewhat less recognizable in street clothes, but women still side-eye him on their way to the bathroom. Maybe they recognize him; maybe he’s just a little too strapping not to be famous.
As Stan talks, he maintains an unsettling deadpan, verging on a glower. “People always ask me if I’m okay,” he says, still glowering. “They’ve said I have ‘serial-killer resting face.’ No matter what I do, I’ve always had dark circles under my eyes that never really go away. Lately there might be a little moisturizer happening here and there, just in case. Preserving a couple years, or whatever.”
The more reserved the actor, the more likely he is to become part of Hollywood mythology. Between Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014) and Captain America: Civil War (2016), a rumor circulated that he had gotten too ripped for the arm he’d worn in the earlier film, a wraparound contraption meant to look like a machine prosthetic. Redditors called him “the Winter Swoldier” and “Bulky Barnes.”
Stan laughs when I bring it up and clarifies that he used a new-and-improved arm in each successive film. With the first iteration, he had to apply lube to slide his real arm into what was essentially two rigid metal tubes. “It was like having a massive hammer attached to me,” he says, “but it looked unbelievable in the movie, and it actually informed a lot of my body language.”
Subsequent arms were more mobile, and Stan doesn’t have to lube up to get in there anymore: There’s a sleeve inside the arm for his next appearance as the Winter Soldier. But, he concedes, he did get too big for the arm used in Civil War. “I was so insecure being around these massive fucking guys, so I started lifting really heavy and ate a lot. I remember I showed up, and I was a little bit bigger than I had been in The Winter Soldier. The arm was a bit tight,” he says. “I was losing circulation.”
Stan is not a new arrival in the Marvel universe: He made his superhero debut in 2011, with Captain America: The First Avenger. But recently he’s enjoyed a burgeoning late-term fandom as his roles (and arms) have ballooned. Beyond Marvel, he starred alongside Margot Robbie in 2017’s I, Tonya, as Tonya Harding’s jackass boyfriend. When we meet in October, he’s just returned from shooting the spy film 355 in London, with Jessica Chastain, Penélope Cruz, Lupita Nyong’o, and Diane Kruger. Another insecurity-inspiring roster.
MensHealth.com – Toss your old, ratty basketball shorts for this stylish upgrade.
As you prepare to take your fitness game to the next level in the New Year, rest and recovery are key to crushing your goals. And when you’re training hard, you’ll want to be as comfortable as possible before and after the gym. Sebastian Stan — Men’s Health January/February cover star — knows that all too well, donning a casual-cool look of black shorts, a black T-shirt, mid-calf black socks, and a gray hoodie to his recent interview for the magazine.
“I mean, next to Evans and Hemsworth and all those guys, I feel like I’m 50 miles behind,” says Stan during his in-depth interview with Men’s Health. “I don’t think I can get to that size, to be honest. My body right now is probably the best its ever been.”
Its not easy achieving superhero abs like the modest Avengers: Endgame star, but if you plan to crush some brutal workouts, its worth investing in stylish-yet-comfortable athletic shorts that’ll help you achieve the ultimate relaxation pre – and post-gym. For the most wear, opt for a pair that looks cool enough to sport around town and feel seriously cozy for lounging around your home, like these Armani Exchange shorts worn by Stan in his Men’s Health cover shoot.
So, why are these shorts so special? It’s all about the luxe, velvety-soft fabric that makes them look way more expensive than any ratty basketball shorts in your closet. The rich texture elevates your wardrobe of basic tees and hoodies, while providing a nice contrast to your fresh white sneakers.
With minimalist design details like contrasting side piping, these sleek Armani Exchange shorts are perfect for understated, cool style– something that’s hard to achieve. Sure, these Bermuda shorts might be 80’s-inspired but they’re far from the wildly-bold fashions of the decade that might come to mind.
If you’re willing to invest in wardrobe essentials like the best pair of jeans and sneakers, spending $100 on cool and comfy shorts that can be worn anywhere seems reasonable (if not a total steal). While this purchase doesn’t guarantee an action hero physique, it will help you achieve effortlessly cool action-hero-off duty style.
Note: This article was very briefly on the Men’s Health website at the link provided above, it’s no longer available to view (at this time), but Jen from Sebastian Stan Fan on Instagram screencapped the article and photos. I’ve transcribed the article from Jen’s screencaps and have saved the photos. Her original posts on the Sebastian Stan Fan Instagram are here and here if you wish to view them.
For the past two years we’ve been waiting for small details about Sebastian’s upcoming film The Last Full Measure that was filmed in 2017 and where portrays the role of Scott Huffman. The film was written and directed by Todd Robinson and also stars Christopher Plummer, William Hurt, Ed Harris, Samuel L. Jackson.
There was a lot of silence on the “when will it release” front for the better half of a year now but it seems everything has been figured out. We now have an official trailer, production stills and a release date which you will find in this post.
If you don’t know what the film is about, don’t worry! Here is the official synopsis below:
The true story of Vietnam War hero William H. Pitsenbarger, a USAF Pararescue medic who saved over sixty men in the U.S. Army’s 1st Infantry Division before making the ultimate sacrifice in one of the bloodiest battles of the war. Thirty-two years later, Pentagon staffer Scott Huffman investigates a decades-long Congressional Medal of Honor request for Pitsenbarger and uncovers a high-level conspiracy prompting him to put his career on the line to seek justice for the fallen airman.
On September 9th, Sebastian made his long awaited appearance on the red carpet of one of his latest films, Endings, Beginnings alongside his co-stars Shailene Woodley and Jamie Dornan at the 2019 Toronto International Film Festival in Toronto, Canada.
While in attendance Sebastian greeted fans with warm smiles, posed for photos for both fans and the press in addition to discussing the film in some new interviews. You will find all over 50+ high quality photos from the event and their gallery links displayed below, along with a YouTube Playlist of all the interviews from the event posted so far.
Refinery29.com — In a world full of rom-coms, when was the last time you cried over an onscreen breakup that actually stuck? No grand gestures to save the day, just pure, raw, lust and heartbreak. If you want to get so deep in your feels you forget if you’re actually heartbroken or just bleary-eyed over someone else’s love story, then you may need to subscribe to the church of Drake Doremus.
The director is known for his mostly improvised, chill-inducing romantic dramas (Like Crazy, Newness, Equals) and his latest is a tender-to-the-touch look at a modern love triangle in Endings, Beginnings, which premieres Sunday at Toronto Film Festival. Much like his previous work, Endings, Beginnings is clever and cutting, but also soft and quiet. Shailene Woodley is at the heart of the film playing Daphne, a thirty-something artist (her specialty is hand-painted tea pots, which she sells on Etsy) who recently and abruptly quit her job and ended her long-term relationship with her boyfriend (Matthew Gray Gubler, in his third Doremus film).
Looking for a hard reset on life, Daphne moves into the pool house of her much more together older half-sister. She also stops drinking, focuses on looking for a new job, and cuts men out of her life. Until, of course, she meets two men at a New Year’s Party. One’s brooding, asking her for a light of a cigarette in the most drunken and charming of ways. He’s wearing a shearling jacket, worn-in with adventures. The other’s in LA’s version of a suit — he’s put together, and looks at her with the steady intentness. Daphne should be avoiding both, but she quickly becomes enamored with bad boy Frank (Sebastian Stan), a nomad who drinks absinthe, and good boy Jack (Jamie Dornan), an academic who has a dog and dreams of moving to Europe. What starts as innocent text-flirting evolves into two full-blown relationships. Oh, and the guys are best friends.
When Stan first read for the film, he read for both Frank and Jack’s role, but what really attracted him to the heady rom-dram was Dormeus himself, of whom he’s been a huge fan. “I met him and I said, ‘I gotta tell you, I don’t know which one of these people you are seeing me as, but I really relate to both of them. I love both,’” he says over the phone to Refinery29. Stan’s in London where he’s filming the spy-thriller 355, a movie he says is “stylistically and tonally very different,” than Endings, Beginnings, but with “a couple of similarities here and there.”
“And we just got very deep. We got into relationships and being in our 30s and the world we are in right now, and all our experiences.” The vulnerability seen on-screen between Woodley, Stan, and Dornan is something special, and almost entirely improvised, based on just 80 pages of notes. Endings, Beginnings is a far cry from the big budget Marvel movies you’re used to seeing Stan in (he plays Captain America’s pal Bucky Barnes in seven Marvel movies and one upcoming spin-off series.)
It’s those real adult experiences and emotions that come through in the film, along with the clever text message visualizations that pop up between the three romantic leads, that make this film both timely and nostalgic. Ahead, Stan talks about the vulnerability of improv, being type-cast as a “bad boy,” and the weird, but totally plausible, idea of him appearing in the Gossip Girl reboot.
This interview contains mild spoilers for Endings, Beginnings.
I was reading your Instagram post earlier gushing about working on this film with Drake. When did you become a fan of his, and why did you two think Frank was the role for you?
“I was aware of [Drake] for awhile. Like everyone else, I loved Like, Crazy, and then I also like his recent movie with Nicholas Hoult, Equals. I was also just really interested in doing a movie and improvising — because the entire movie is practically improvised. I never worked in that medium before. I got a call saying, Hey do you want to meet with Drake and talk about this movie [and] read the draft?, which was basically like 80 pages. There were two guy [parts] at the time. I met him and I said, ‘I gotta tell you, I don’t know which one of these people you are seeing me as, but I really relate to both of them. I love both.’ And we just got very deep. We got into relationships and being in our 30s and the world we are in right now, and all our experiences. Again, I didn’t really know that is where we were gonna go, but he was very honest with me and I was honest with him. We parted ways, and the next thing I knew he called me to have a session with somebody at the time that he was thinking of for the role as Daphne, and I went in and had a 3-hour improv session with him, then he called me and told me that he wants me to do the Frank role and I was fine with that.”
Only 80 pages. Everything else is improv? All the film’s dialogue?
“Yes, that is all literally on the day, in the moment, happening real-time. Basically, the script that he had was just the outline: Daphne comes out a recent relationship and moves in with her best friends. They’re having a New Years Party, and she runs into Frank who asks her for a cigarette. It was all outlines, but in terms of the dialogue and how we would get there, that was all improvised. That was an interesting experience because I had never worked that way and no take is ever the same. I walked away from that experience feeling very vulnerable. You’re not hiding behind any lines.”
The improvisation really added to the film. I left it feeling more emotional than I expected.
“We’ve all had relationships, and we know how tricky they are. They’re complex and there’s many layers. I don’t know — I have always loved romantic comedies. I grew up on When Harry Met Sally and all that, but I sometimes feel that relationships aren’t entirely depicted as messy and as raw and as painful as they are. That’s why I loved working with him because I feel like he gets to the core of situations. I’m happy to hear you related to it because that is what he wants. He wants you to go, ‘I’ve had that conversation…been in that situation.’”
There’s been a resurgence in romantic comedies, but not so much romantic dramas like this. Do you think there’s a reason why?
“I love romantic comedies and there is a space for them, but [rom coms] are hopeful. Sometimes when I go to the movies, I don’t want to necessarily see what my life is. I want to be like, Hey! It’s nice to think that maybe that could be that way. If you want to be inspired, or laugh a little bit — there’s that element of it. And sometimes you want to see a movie that makes you feel less alone in your experience. A lot of European films are much closer to this, and I think Drake loves a lot of European films and is influenced by them and the personal quality. Structurally in romantic comedies, you have bigger things happening, right? Whereas [in this movie], there are big things happening, but there’s a much more subtle transition through everything.”
Frank is the “player” of the film, while Jack is the “good guy,” for lack of a better phrase. You’ve said before that you didn’t really know why you were often cast as the “bad boy.” Do you still not know why?
“I don’t know! [Groans] I don’t know. The truth is, the reason I was saying [I could play] Jack was that I talk a lot in my life. I philosophize a lot. I try to read things. Then I think about it, and then I wanna talk about it. I relate to that [aspect of Jack]. And actually, there was a lot to Frank and Daphne that we shot that was funny. They had a lot of their own back and forth, but what ended up being in the movie — I think Drake never forgot the vision that he had for Frank — [was him] being much darker than we shot. I am happy it ended up that way because there needed to be a contrast.
But I don’t know! I am glad they think I can do this. I am one of the most over-thinking, neurotic people I know. So I don’t know how it happens, but it keeps happening.”
I thought a big part of Frank also was his big shearling jacket. Since most of the movie was improvised, did you have anything to do with his outfits?
“Oh yeah, I kept that jacket, first of all. It’s a great jacket. What’s great about Drake is that he was like, ‘Hey, listen, people wear the same stuff all the time. If something works, let’s just it.’ I was like yeah, the guy probably kind of flies by the seat of his pants anyways so he just has a few things. I think I wore some of my own jeans. The boots I wore were mine. Drake definitely wanted us to wear our own stuff so we could feel comfortable in it.”
This was originally called No, No, No, Yes and ended as Endings, Beginnings. How did the title change shape the movie?
“It was always a working title. I saw that it was paired up with her experience — every no and every yes was paired to one of the relationships that she was going through. Endings, Beginnings is a little more specific. I know for awhile he was even contemplating a title that was even just made up of emojis which I thought would have been really fun.”
Oh yeah. I loved the texting aspect in this movie.
“There is an element of texting in the time period we are in, and there is this new language to it. They got it in the sense that both Jack and Frank have their very specific ways of texting. Jack probably uses punctuation, and Frank does not. [Laughs]”
You’ve worked with a few of the Big Little Lies women now. Do you have plans to work with the others like Zoe Kravitz, Reese Witherspoon, or Laura Dern?
“That has not hit me — that’s kinda funny. I don’t think I have ever met Reese Witherspoon and I’ve met Laura Dern. If the opportunity presents itself then great. I certainly wouldn’t have had a problem if there had been a role in the second season. I would have done it in a second. I loved the first season.”
I have one more that I have to ask about — obviously Gossip Girl is getting rebooted, and Chace [Crawford] said it made him feel “old,” but he’d be down. Have you thought about it at all?
“[Laughs] I don’t even… it’s so weird. Somehow a lot of people talk to me about Gossip Girl, and I always thought I was just a guest star. It was a very special show. It certainly defined those years, and we all got our start there in a way. It would be hilarious and weird and crazy. He’s right — we are old! I don’t know what business they’d have with me, but, Jesus. If there was some funny little witty thing and they called and we’re like, ‘We’re doing this thing and we have everybody….’ I’m not gonna be the asshole that says no. Maybe I’ll be in the background scooping some ice cream.”
HollywoodReporter.com — Jamie Dornan also stars in the romantic drama about a 30-something woman navigating love and heartbreak over the course of a year.
Shailene Woodley and Sebastian Stan get cozy in this first-look still from Drake Doremus’ Endings/Beginnings, premiering at TIFF on Sept. 8.
The drama — also starring Jamie Dornan (Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy) — is set in present day L.A. and sees Woodley, most recently appearing in Big Little Lies, play Daphne, a 30-something woman navigating through love and heartbreak over the course of one year. During that time, she will unlock the secrets to her life in a sudden turn of events and in the most surprising of places.
Written by Doremus and Jardine Libaire (White Fur), the film has been developed, produced and financed by CJ Entertainment. Tae-sung Jeong, Francis Chung, Doremus and Robert George produce, Jerry Ko executive produces and Fred Lee and Jihyun Ok co-produce.
Protagonist Pictures is handling international sales outside of Asia, which is being repped by CJ Entertainment. UTA is repping domestic.
EW.com — The cast of forthcoming Disney+ series The Falcon and the Winter Soldier are shielding plot details pretty fiercely — but when they sat down in EW and PEOPLE’s video studio backstage at Disney’s D23 Expo, they did tease a few hints.
CinemaBlend.com — The Falcon and the Winter Soldier will be one of the first Marvel shows available to stream on Disney+ and a new poster out of the D23 Expo already highlights a significant change for one of its characters. That’s right, Bucky Barnes is sporting a fresh, short new haircut. The floppy, shoulder-length hair he had in films like Captain America: Civil War and, more recently, Avengers: Endgame is gone.