His interest in acting began when his family moved to the US when he was a child. He had a meaty role in teen horror movie The Covenant (2006) but his showbiz career took off only after appearing as a recurring guest star in hit TV series Gossip Girl in 2007.
Being a part of the huge Captain America franchise means no more bit parts for Stan. The 30-year-old is reportedly contracted to Marvel for nine pictures.
Stan told comic-book news website Newsarama.com that the Marvel contract is "great job security".
Winter Soldier gets into a lot of hand-to-hand combat.
Stand said: "I would walk around the house all day flipping this plastic knife around and practicing my moves. I wanted my movements to feel natural and I wanted to be able to perform these sequences without thinking about it."
Stan said he hoped to honour the legacy of great cinematic villains, particularly the late Heath Ledger's performance as the Joker in The Dark Knight (2008).
Said Stan: "I can't compare myself to anything like that. He is an inspiration. That was his most memorable performance, the Joker."
Stan may play a baddie but lead actor Chris Evans said Stan is "no way like his reel character".
"Sebastian is the sweetest guy on the planet! He wouldn't even kill a fly. It was really nice to have such as good guy on the set."
This article was published on April 2 in The New Paper.
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