CHAR­AC­TER

From a child­hood with­out friends, to a ca­reer on a slow burn, Se­bas­tian Stan has come out fight­ing in the Cap­tain Amer­ica fran­chise

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When Se­bas­tian Stan ar­rived on the Los Angeles set of Cap­tain Amer­ica: The Win­ter Sol­dier, he felt at a bit of a loss.

In the film, his char­ac­ter – the afore­men­tioned Win­ter Sol­dier – is a men­ac­ing Ter­mi­na­tor-like pres­ence, whose sole pur­pose is to de­stroy his for­mer mate, Cap­tain Amer­ica. He also barely ut­ters a word through­out the en­tire thing.

“It was a lit­tle bit strange,” says Stan, re­clin­ing in a fancy ho­tel room in LA. “The en­tire role was all phys­i­cal, so I had to ap­proach it from that stand­point. I trained like a ma­niac for six months. So the phys­i­cal­ity it­self kind of formed a lot for me be­cause he re­ally needed to have a pres­ence on screen with­out a lot of di­a­logue.”

Stan, though, says he couldn’t get com­fort­able in the char­ac­ter un­til he “had the cos­tume on”.

“Once I got the cos­tume on, I started strut­ting around like I thought this guy was sup­posed to and that’s when I dis­cov­ered, ‘Oh, OK, this is how it’s go­ing to be’. I feel pretty tough now.”

It’s a good thing, too, given he and co-star Chris Evans pretty much spend the en­tire film belt­ing the ab­so­lute stuff­ing out of each other.

“I love work­ing with Chris,” says Stan, adding the two spent months on their fight scenes. “We have a good laugh about it all, and we have a sense of hu­mour about what we do.”

Born in Ro­ma­nia, Stan moved to Vi­enna with his pi­anist mother then went to New York af­ter she re­mar­ried when he was 12.

“At the time it was dif­fi­cult, but I didn’t re­ally have a choice,” he says. “The dif­fi­culty of all that up­heaval was some­thing I didn’t ex­pe­ri­ence un­til I was older and felt the ef­fects of it. But there’s some­thing good about liv­ing in dif­fer­ent places; it keeps things in­ter­est­ing. It’s kind of nice to switch it up a lit­tle bit.”

Dur­ing his early days in the US, he dis­cov­ered a love of cin­ema, be­com­ing ob­sessed with the Back to the Fu­ture tril­ogy, Star Wars and films with Jim Car­rey, who he would “im­i­tate in­ces­santly”.

“Movies were a won­der­ful es­cape for me,” he says. “I didn’t have any friends when I first moved and so I would just watch these clas­sic Amer­i­can films all of the time. It helped me with my English.”

Stan says his love of film de­vel­oped into a love of act­ing and he started per­form­ing in high school plays.

“There was a mo­ment, when I was about 14 or 15 where I re­mem­ber hav­ing a lot of fun and want­ing that to con­tinue. I was ex­cited to have the op­por­tu­nity to work on a school play or go to drama camp.”

Ul­ti­mately, Stan stud­ied theatre at univer­sity and did what any New York ac­tor worth his salt does – he nabbed a small role on TV’s Law & Or­der.

“When that hap­pened, I thought I’d made it. That was amaz­ing to me.”

His big break came in the scifi thriller The Covenant, af­ter which he scored a recurring role in the hit TV se­ries Gos­sip Girl.

His film ca­reer has been a bit of a slow burn but he gained fur­ther no­tice for small roles in crit­i­cally ac­claimed films such as Rachel Get­ting Mar­ried and Black Swan, be­fore nab­bing the role of Bucky in Cap­tain Amer­ica: The First Avenger.

He’s since gone back to tele­vi­sion, star­ring in the crit­i­cally ac­claimed drama Po­lit­i­cal An­i­mals op­po­site Sigour­ney Weaver.

is now show­ing.

star Tom Hid­dle­ston is known for star­ring op­po­site Chris Hemsworth in the Marvel movies, but lately he’s been act­ing along­side an­other Aus­tralian. Hid­dle­ston stars in

with Mia Wasikowska and is also film­ing Guillermo del Toro’s new hor­ror film with the Aussie ac­tress.

He says Wasikowska is amaz­ing and he was look­ing for­ward to work­ing with her again.

“I think she’s an old soul. She would prob­a­bly hate me say­ing that, but she’s very, very wise and very, very level,” he says.

is writ­ten and di­rected by Jim Jar­musch and ac­cord­ing to Hid­dle­ston, it’s not your typ­i­cal vam­pire movie.

“On the sur­face it’s a vam­pire film but ac­tu­ally it’s about these hip­ster lovers who get back to­gether and talk about mu­sic and po­etry and art and time,” he says.

In it, Hid­dle­ston’s love in­ter­est is played by Tilda Swin­ton, while Wasikowska is her younger sis­ter.

Hid­dle­ston says both their roles are com­pletely dif­fer­ent from any­thing they have ever done.

“Mia turns up and she’s this kind of mis­chievous rock chick who’s a bit of a trick­ster ac­tu­ally,” he says. “She plays it bril­liantly.” But in their dy­namic “is a bit dif­fer­ent”.

Hid­dle­ston only signed on to del Toro’s new film last Septem­ber, re­plac­ing Bene­dict Cum­ber­batch af­ter he dropped out, with sources telling

it was be­cause of a con­flict with an­other project.

is re­leased in Aus­tralian cin­e­mas next Thurs­day.

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