TR Interview: Captain America's Winter Soldier, Sebastian Stan

By Luke Y. Thompson in Comics, Movies
Monday, March 17, 2014 at 12:00 pm

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LYT: Is the preparation for the character very different in this? It's almost like he has a whole new back story, that's like 50 years' worth in this one.

SS: Well, it was a lot. It was a lot to cover, you know, and this movie only sort of touched on a very specific few things, so I couldn't really - I had to just work on the stuff that was necessary for this film. But I just - I was just, for me, two key things in the film were that this has got to be a realistic, violent threat to Captain America - a real opponent, so what does that mean? How is he going to be a real opponent? This is from an actor's perspective. And then also that he's got to - as an audience, you've got to recognize him a little bit, to some extent.

LYT: Was the physical training different for this one than the last one?

SS: Oh, yeah! Oh, yeah. I didn't have to do much training for the last one. This was a six, seven month sort of head start, in terms of diet, physical training, and then fight training closer to the shooting date. I mean, it went on for a while.

LYT: Is it cool to have toys of you now?

SS: [chuckles] I don't - your brain doesn't naturally go that far. I don't think about that. But yeah, now that you mention it, it's a very cool thing.

LYT: Did they digitally scan you for the toys?

SS: I believe they did, yeah - I think so.

LYT: What's that whole process like? Do you remember it at all?

SS: I don't. We did so many of those. I'm not sure where it fit in. But it's a little bizarre. It's like a 360 machine. Getting every little angle of your face, every wrinkle and everything.

LYT: To get the role originally, was it just a standard audition process, or did they specifically have you in mind?

SS: I auditioned for Steve Rogers, I think, I want to say 3 or 4 times, and didn't get it. And then I was called in and I sat down with Marvel and discussed Bucky Barnes for the first time.

LYT: At that point, were you familiar with the character?

SS: No. Not at all. Nothing. Because I actually didn't want to read any of the comic books, even for my auditions for Steve Rogers. I didn't know how much the script was going to be similar to that. I originally knew Captain America, of course - I knew the name and very vague things, but i didn't know anything else.

LYT: Back in the day, a lot of people used to worry about being typecast as super heroes, and this has been sort of your most defining role to date, I guess.

SS: Yeah.

LYT: It doesn't seem to bother people as much anymore. Is it something you worry about, or is it just that it's awesome that you get to be this iconic character?

SS: Look, you know, we're in a different time now, than I think the time that a lot of those people that thought that way about super heroes grew up and became actors. It's an entire different time now. I happen to enjoy these movies. I happen to like these movies. I like doing all the action sequences that I did. I like this character. I'm OK with it. I don't think about it, because I enjoy it. Listen - maybe one day a script is going to come along about some Mormon tribe or something. I don't know, it's just always about if you're having fun and you really like the character, then you should be doing it.

LYT: Can you tell me how many Marvel movies you're contracted to do?

SS: Nine.

LYT: Nine?

SS: Yeah.

LYT: That's an impressive contract!

SS: Yeah, that's -only recently someone asked me that, and I remembered. I believe that's right.

LYT: What's coming up next for you?

SS: Well, it depends. I'm excited for this movie to come out, and I have to kind of wait and see April 4th, about certain things.

LYT: I don't think there's much doubt as to the success of this film.

SS: Oh, there you go!

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