Sebastian Stan on Darren Aronofsky’s BLACK SWAN

     April 7, 2010

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I’ll always remember my set visit for Warner Bros. The Apparition for one reason: the day after I spoke to Sebastian Stan on set, it was announced he’d be playing Bucky in The First Avenger: Captain America.  When the news came out I couldn’t believe it, as at the end of our interview he said something was in the works but he couldn’t talk about it yet.   If only it had been 24 hours later…

But even though we didn’t get to talk about Captain America when I visited The Apparition set last week with a few other online journalists, Stan did talk to us about his experiences working for Darren Aronofsky on Black Swan opposite Natalie Portman and Mila Kunis.  Hit the jump for what he said and look for a lot more on The Apparition when our embargo lifts.

Question: Can you talk about Black Swan and your experiences working on that?

Sebastian_Stan_image (2).jpgSebastian Stan: I was very, very fortunate and grateful to get to work with Darren Aronofsky. I was only on there for two weeks. My part of the movie was the more fun part of the movie, I suppose, because I guess the rest of the movie is very intense. From the time that I met him, Darren was just very direct and specific. Even on set, he just knew what he wanted, at all times. That was a different process. He would come in and expect you to be able to improv. He would give you a backstory of the character, and then he would just expect you to live in that world. I think he encouraged everyone to live in that world, the entire time that we were shooting, whether we were actually on camera or not. Both Natalie Portman and Mila Kunis were extremely prepared for those roles. They had been doing ballet for I don’t know how long. They were extremely professional. I had to not be scared of him.

Q: Who are you playing in the film?

Sebastian: My character is what would be one of the romantic interests of both of them. Basically, he’s just one of those guys who you relate to, if you go to a bar in Manhattan. He’s out with his friend, one night, and they have no idea who these girls are or what their relationship is. Mila Kunis’ character is very straight-forward and very driven. They’re not sleazy, weird guys. They just get caught into it. We went out one Friday night and, suddenly, these two girls are just right there. And then, they meet up and get wrapped up in the drama that happens between the two girls. They’re pawns in their game that’s going on, which is all infiltrated by Mila Kunis’ character.

Q: What else do you have, coming up?

Sebastian: It’s been very interesting. I always find it very hard to just keep your head in multiple things, when you’re so wrapped up in one thing. I was excited about Hot Tub Time Machine. I was happy to work with those guys. That was an entirely different experience, altogether. Now, I can’t really speak very freely about some of the stuff that’s on the horizon, but there are a couple of things that are in the works.

Q: Are you saying that there are contracts being drawn up that don’t have your signature yet?

Sebastian: Sure.

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