CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER
Steve Rogers’ best friend Bucky Barnes was thought to have died in World War II. However, he resurfaces decades later as the Winter Soldier, a brain washed, mega-enhanced Super-Soldier doing dirty work for a mysterious organization. The hardened Winter Soldier has no memories of his former identity and that suits him just fine — he is simply a killing machine.
Interview with Sebastian Stan Bucky Barnes / The Winter Soldier
During our press trip to L.A. we sat down with Sebastian Stan, who plays Bucky Barnes/The Winter Soldier in the new film CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER. Have you gone to see the film yet? I absolutely love Sebastian Stan as The Winter Soldier. He is so believable as this ultimate super-soldier.
Make sure you stay up to date on all the interviews for CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER. Have you read the interviews with Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Anthony Mackie, Directors Anthony and Joe Russo, and last but not least Producer Kevin Feige? Plus, if you haven’t seen it yet check out my review then go see the film.
Some of my favorite questions and answers from the Sebastian Stan interview.
What was your reaction when you found out that you were coming back as a soldier?
I was just saying I always played that moment in my head over and over again and that when I was [going to] get that phone call no matter where I was at the time I was probably thinking I was going to be somewhere in New York on a crowded street regardless I was [going to] scream and I was just going to have this big reaction. And it’s actually the opposite. I just sort of was quiet and still and was trying to replay the conversation in my head and was just really excited. I mean for me it’d really been two years of sort of not knowing what was going to happen next.
Was it difficult to change form from Bucky into the winter soldier?
Well, yes and no. I would say no in the sense that everything is so spelled out for me in the comic books that I sort of feel like I have that to follow as a guide. Yes in that certain things from comic books often—don’t—they’re not so easily translated to the screen, and so there were things visually that were new that we had to discover about the character. I mean in the comic books there was a lot of information but in terms of how the Winter Soldier moved, how he behaved, what his presence was like on screen, those were all things I had to sort of discover once I was in the outfit and we were actually shooting the movie. And that was more difficult I suppose. At the end of the day the most difficult part was playing someone that’s very different while at the same time the same person.
Talking about the outfit, the training for your part and then working with your metal arm in the movie, was that difficult at all?
Yes the training is really hard for me. I was never really used to that type of training before. Some of the diet and the working out that was happening six months before we started shooting was really difficult at times. And then you’re learning to fight it’s basically just like going to dance class. […]with the person and the thing is you just have to have patience, and it’s really hard, you might get it quickly and you’re excited, you see the stunt guys are just phenomenal and you just wanna jump in and do it but the whole thing has to be so planned out and detailed, and you can’t have a lot of room for errors because people can get hurt. So, just practicing that and repeating that everyday for about two to three months I’d say was hard, but the results were always very gratifying.
Some of the action sequences that you were a part of, was there one piece that you enjoyed doing?
Any of the fighting stuff, once we had it down and we were in the costumes…any of the stuff that was shot outside which was in Cleveland was really exciting because there was no CGI green screen, it was literally long sequences that all the car explosions, people sort of falling and being shot and then us jumping into that one on one combat—combat, that was all really fun because it was really all happening around you – and you don’t often get that when you work on these big movies, you always have to deal with the green screen.
What was your most memorable moment while filming?
Any of the stuff that I had with Robert Redford was pretty memorable. That’s where I really remember sort of…telling myself you know just like be here, be present, you know, take him in on and off set. On set it was like suddenly I was in a situation where the whole reason for me going to acting school and everything was sort of here I was with this man and he was being very generous as an actor with me even though he’s obviously who he is. And then off set sort of just wanting to kind of like see if there was anything I could pick his brain about in terms of like people he’s worked with or um, so that was pretty special.
Who’s your favorite superhero and who’s your favorite villain?
My favorite superhero is um, I don’t know. I don’t know if I have one, I mean I’m so biased, you know. With these movies now especially now that I’ve gotten to know the Captain America storybook so well, I’m kinda biased and they’re sort of like my favorite. You know, if I had a choice and they were to come up to me and go uh do you wanna be a character in the Captain America storyline or the Ironman storyline you know or the Thor storyline, I would definitely pick the one that I’m in. Favorite villain though I’ve had a few I mean the T-1000 was always somebody that I thought was an incredible villain. […]without mentioning the joker – both performances were phenomenal. Gary Oldman in The Leon? What’s the movie that he did? The Professional! That’s a great villain, he’s played quite a few. So, yeah there were a lot of – and then Terminator Two was another one, I mean those were all really great villains so that I was in my head very aware of. Because when you do have a really good villain that’s a realistic threat the movies are better.
What is your favorite scene to see on the big screen?
I just thought this movie was so different in terms of … it felt just so much more realistic in our world than some of the other movies in my opinion. I enjoyed the other movies just as much, but, I think any of the car chases are really great I felt, that was pretty cool. That whole sequence with Nick Fury – the one with the Winter Soldier also, those were great sequences.
How did you just like mentally prepare as you get into character? Is it like a do you put on the costume and you’re ready to go or is there…??
In this case, I feel like it always depends, in this case the costume was a very big thing, also I just to myself looked very different and that always – that helped me a lot because it, you know I sort of – it felt like I didn’t recognize myself looking in a mirror honestly, with the mask and the hair and everything. It kinda gave me confidence to sort of embrace that and now rely on things that I had been used to doing. I think for me it’s I realize it’s important to look different sometimes, you have to change it up, you have to really – I mean I get that American Hustle hair, I do.
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The Winter Soldier Featurette
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