NAME Sebastian Stan
ORIGIN Born in Romania, moved to Rockland County, N.Y., at age 12.
KNOWN WHEREABOUTS In addition to Captain America: The First Avenger, Stan has appeared on ABC’s Once Upon a Time and in the film Black Swan. Last winter he starred on Broadway in Picnic.
ALIAS The Winter Soldier, a bioengineered assassin with a robotic arm, rumored to be the perpetrator of some of the 20th century’s most notorious political killings. In his previous life he was Bucky Barnes, an American -soldier who served alongside Steve Rogers/Captain America, but went missing in action and was presumed dead.
WEAPON OF CHOICE That fearsome mechanical arm his character sports in Captain America: The Winter Soldier is often digitally enhanced. On set, Stan wore a chrome-painted rubber sheath marked with motion-capture dots. After several weeks of filming, it looked like the battered aluminum ventilation hose on a clothes dryer. “It’s gotten more flexible over time,” Stan told EW during filming. “It’s a lot like breaking in a shoe. Sometimes, by the end of the day, I forget I have it on.”
MOTIVATION Real-life heroes, actually. “There is a bionic arm that certain amputees can use if their nerve endings are still there,” Stan says. “Most guys have the option of choosing an arm that looks like a human arm, and they all pick the robotic arm. It’s like ‘I am who I am.’ That grounded the character for me.”