Sebastian Stan on ‘Destroyer’ and Why Having a Short Filming Schedule Can Be a Good Thing

     December 27, 2018

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With director Karyn Kusama’s Destroyer now playing in limited release, I recently sat down with Sebastian Stan to talk about making the film. During the wide-ranging interview, Stan talked about filming the bank sequence and trying to make it authentic, why having a limited shooting schedule can be a good thing, his look in the film (including getting a tattoo of his mom), what the past few years have been like working on projects like I, TonyaThe Bronze and Destroyer, and more. In addition, he talked about some making some improv-heavy projects including one that he calls a rom-com gone wrong and a project with director Drake Doremus.

destroyer-posterIf you haven’t seen the trailers for Destroyer, the neo-noir crime thriller is led by an incredible Nicole Kidman performance (one of the best of the year), which sees her playing a LAPD detective who is haunted by her undercover past. When the leader of an old gang she was after resurfaces, we follow Kidman as she tries to figure out where he is and that’s mixed with flashbacks that slowly reveal how her undercover operation years ago went so wrong. Scripted by The Invitation writers Phil Hay and Matt Manfredi, the film also stars Toby KebbellBradley Whitford, Tatiana Maslany, Jade Pettyjohn, and Scoot McNairy.

Check out what Sebastian Stan had to say in the plauer above and below is exactly what we talked about followed by the official synopsis. You can also read Adam Chitwood’s Destroyer review here.

Sebastian Stan:

  • What have the past few years been like working such great projects like I, Tonya, The Bronze and Destroyer?
  • Talks about his look in the film.
  • How he got a number of tattoos for the film and one of them was his mom.
  • Was he treated any different when he went out with the tattoos?
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    Image via Annapurna Pictures

    How they filmed the bank sequence and making it authentic.

  • On making some improve heavy projects including one that he calls a rom-com gone wrong and one with director Drake Doremus.

Here’s the official synopsis for Destroyer:

Destroyer follows the moral and existential odyssey of LAPD detective Erin Bell who, as a young cop, was placed undercover with a gang in the California desert with tragic results. When the leader of that gang re-emerges many years later, she must work her way back through the remaining members and into her own history with them to finally reckon with the demons that destroyed her past.

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