Comic Book Movie
June 24, 2011
The good folks over at Comic Book Resources are now unveiling segments from their ‘September’ visit to the set of Marvel’s much-anticipated Captain America: The First Avenger film. Chatting in-depth with ‘Bucky’ actor Sebastian Stan, right after he filmed an “emotional” scene, in which he gets separated from his partner, Steve Rogers, check out an excerpt below.
We just watched you film a rather emotional scene. You were inside a large warehouse that was on fire, standing on the top of a catwalk and screaming to Steve Rogers — you were clearly in some distress! Was this the most emotional scene to film thus far?
I would say the scene at the end [of the film]. [Laughs] I don’t know how much more I’m supposed to reveal! [Laughs] I’d say the scene that we shot earlier today, where we were hanging off of a train in the mountains. That was probably the hardest, just in terms of having to do it over and over again, having to be present and kind of fresh in the intensity of it. That was probably the one that’s closest in my memory.
What sort of relationship have you established with Chris Evans in the making of this movie?
You know, I was very fortunate because, personally, I feel like we found a lot of parallels. We met fairly early on and we got along right away and, you know, he’s just a very generous actor. It makes it very easy in terms of just being able to talk about him, just kind of be comfortable when we go to different places. So from that point of view, the casting was pretty good.
Chris discussed working with Hugo Weaving and the intensity he brings to all his parts. What’s your experience working with Hugo been like?
It’s just real easy to react off of him. He just makes your job easier because as an actor, you’re so interested and captivated in what he’s going to do next and his face has got so much expression. What he brings in terms of his voice and his accent and sort of, you know, everything. His presence. He just made it very easy. You’re kind of in awe a little bit, which helps because the moment when he becomes Red Skull, you are in awe and freaked out. So, that always helps.
Is this a more challenging experience than your past roles? Is it more emotionally draining?
I would say so. This is the longest shoot I’ve ever been a part of. I find when there’s a lot of changes [combined with] this length of time and how you sometimes work in portions, it’s really important to keep the through line of the character and just always remember in your head where you are. Then, of course, there’s a lot of that CGI stuff and the green screen. That’s all about having that picture in your mind as to what you’re looking at, even though it’s just green. I found that stuff to be really challenging.
Captain America seems to be a bit grittier, a bit more real than most Hollywood superhero movies.
I would say it seems more realistic to me in the sense of, you know, he’s still just a person. We seem to be in a world right now where everyone seems to be obsessed with vanity and beauty and creating the perfect human being. To some extent, I could see something like that, maybe one day, happening, especially if it’s a soldier. So all those things are very real.
Was going for the role of Bucky something that you wanted? Was it something your pursued?
Yeah, I explored it. I didn’t know anything about the comic book when I was auditioning for the movie. I actually didn’t know anything about him. Once I was able to see who he was and, all that stuff that happens, then, yeah, I got real excited. What I really enjoyed about him was how complex he was as a person. That appealed to me.
For the full interview, where Sebastian Stan dishes on the physical aspects of training and looking to the comics as inspiration for the role, head on over to Comic Book Resources!