Interview

Sebastian Stan talks about Bucky 'being on the right side' in 'Infinity War'

When audiences last saw Bucky, aka Winter Soldier, he was convalescing in Wakanda under the supervision of Shuri during a post-credits scene from “Black Panther.” The character has quickly become a fan favorite, but after forcing a rift between Tony Stark and Steve Rogers during the events of “Captain America: Civil War,” Bucky’s place among Marvel’s ever-expanding world of heroes and villains remains uncertain. In an exclusive interview with Moviebill, Sebastian Stan said he was eager to officially team up with the good guys again for “Avengers: Infinity War,” even if not quite everyone is ready to trust Bucky yet.

In examining the journey the character has taken since his “rebirth” in “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” Stan says, “He’s established a whole different sense of trust in Wakanda, and I think there’s a second chance at life that he’s sort of been granted over there. He’s feeling good about being on the right side of the battle this time around, [but] I think it’s taken him a long time to regain the trust of certain people and it’s in his best interest to make sure that he proves himself to some extent, again.”

Characterizing Bucky as a “reformed prisoner,” Stan said that the character generates at least a few sideways glances from his fellow super heroes as he joins the fight against Thanos. “It’s like in the Old West when you’re approaching a dangerous guy and you’re letting him near a weapon again and you’re wondering whether or not you can trust the guy,” he said. “There still might be some people dubious about him, but I think you definitely see him much more settled than you did last time.”

Speaking to Moviebill via phone a few weeks before “Infinity War” opens in theaters, Stan was mum about plot or other details — as much as anything because he, like just about everyone else, got only his pages of the script and no others. But he hinted that he got an opportunity to hang out with a few members of the Marvel Cinematic Universe that weren’t previously in his, ahem, orbit. “It was a nice treat this time around to get to know some of these other guys, like the Guardians, who I’d never worked with before,” he said. “It was fun but it kind of added to the madness of the whole thing; the fact that you’ve got all these people, all these actors that have to be on set at the same time — it just doesn’t happen that often. It always felt like you were in the middle of something special.”

Stan said that the biggest challenge was being appropriately serious in situations where his co-stars were often wearing silly looking make-up and their real-life super powers included a killer sense of humor. “It was hard to keep a straight face sometimes, just because everybody was really funny,” Stan said. “Paul Bettany really cracked me up a few times, and I think in a few scenes it was hard to not laugh just because of what was going on.

“It was just people who have spent a lot of time together for a number of years, and it has a little bit of that family mentality,” he continued. “So it was more people cracking each other up more than anything. But it was all in good fun.”

Check out much more from Moviebill’s exclusive interview with Sebastian Stan in the “Avengers: Infinity War” print issue, exclusively in Regal Cinemas starting April 27!

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