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Who Is Bucky Barnes? How Sebastian Stan Will Play “Sort of a New Character” in Civil War

Bucky Barnes

Sebastian Stan gives fans of the Captain America/Bucky Barnes fandom (a.k.a. “Stucky”) a lot to chew on in his most recent quotes about working on Civil War and his own character’s development. EW‘s coverage is downright poignant, opening with the quotes in Winter Soldier in which Steve hears Bucky identify himself as “Your pal… your buddy… your Bucky.” But the Winter Solider isn’t Bucky — not exactly, as Stan explains …

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I mean, what have we gotten as a result of Bucky and the Winter Soldier? You know, here’s the guy when you merge the two. This is what came out. To me, he’s never really going to be Bucky Barnes again. There’s going be recognizable things about him, but his path through the [experiences of] Winter Soldier is always going be there, haunting him. He recognizes his past, but at the same time he’s sort of a new character, too.

Stan emphasizes also that Bucky has a lot of unresolved trauma, due to the experiences he’s undergone:

It doesn’t just suddenly all come back to him, just because he’s learned certain things about himself. It’s not like he immediately has all these emotions and feelings and point of views about people and families that he’s dealt with — or Steve. The knowledge is there, but the emotions aren’t explored yet, which also makes it very interesting to play.

How does his long-lost buddy Steve about all of this? Well, Sebastian Stan has some thoughts:

After so many years of being loyal and morally impenetrable and always doing the right thing that [Captain America] wouldn’t somehow at some point go, “Man, like, what am I fighting for? What’s my life? What am I living for?” I think this movie very much tackles those questions for Steve Rogers. He’s been questioning things I think for a long time and this is where he’s deciding to follow his instincts and not what people tell him is right or wrong.

Damn. “What am I living for?” I figure the answer to that question is Bucky Barnes … swoon.

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