“Tom forgot the blocking of the scene, and of course that’s Robert staying in character, telling him, ‘You’re supposed to move now, so that I can sit on the bed.’” - Joe Russo, Captain America: Civil War Audio Commentary
wild how people still put so much credibility on the films and actors that get awarded by The Academy at the Oscars when it’s clearly run by fools bc they didn’t give a single ounce of recognition to the cinematic masterpiece Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)
me, talking to the Academy: now listen, i know this has never been done before, but i’m thinking we start a new category “Best Moment In Cinema History”, and award it to Sebastian Stan as Bucky Barnes Straddling a Motorcycle in Midair - Captain America: Civil War (2016) dir. Joe and Anthony Russo
So I just saw a quote from the Russo’s and they basically said “He dropped the shield, he rejected the Captain America identity, and embraced the Steve Rogers one instead.” I, of course, started sobbing at this part, but when I read this quote it all became more clear.
When Tony says “I was wrong about you, the whole world was wrong about you” is 100% true. The whole world, even his friends, saw Steve as this selfless, patriotic hero, willing to save the day no matter what. But that’s not necessarily all Steve, that’s mostly Captain America. Yes, Steve is incredibly selfless and brave, but he was also just a kid from Brooklyn before getting the Cap persona. When he went under, he essentially lost everyone who knew him as “just steve” not “Captain America”.
So when Bucky comes back in his life, he’s more Steve Rogers. “When he said Bucky, I was the 16 year old kid from Brooklyn again.” Steve doesn’t have to be Captain America around Bucky. Steve doesn’t have to be this hero that everyone needs him to be. Because Bucky would rather be saved by Steve Rogers than Captain America.
Steve dropped the shield, rejected the idea of Captain America, because in reality, he isn’t just “Captain America,” he’s also Steve Rogers. And that scrawny kid from Brooklyn would do anything to save his best friend, even if that meant rejecting what the world saw him as.
ANTHONY: Shout out to Sebastian’s performance in this scene, which is just amazing. It’s like, the way he can portray this character who’s so fractured and damaged and guarded… But like, has something still that’s alive inside him is amazing.
MARKUS: Yeah. Well that was another challenge - tracking Bucky’s consciousness throughout this movie. Cause he’s at least three different people in this movie. There’s this Bucky (in his apartment) who is not fully aware of his past? But somewhere stranded. Remembering what he’s done but not quite remembering who he originally was; trying to put it all together.
JOE: And who’s fully powered…
MARKUS: Yeah. There’s Terminator!Bucky - once Zemo basically turns him back into the full Winter Soldier in Berlin. And there is a more wide open Bucky once he wakes up with his hand in the vice. Because then I think he remembers more than he remembers here.
‘Captain America Civil War’ Audio Commentary with Joe and Anthony Russo, Markus and McFeely.