Sebastian Stan wants to make sure that Chris Hemsworth and Chris Evans aren’t the only “swole” guys in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. He’s been working on his physique and the results are stunning. All it took was a moment of realization during the filming of Captain America: The Winter Soldier that he was the smallest guy in a room full of absolute beefcakes.
In an interview with Men’s Health, Stan admitted, “I was so insecure being around these massive [expletive] guys, so I started lifting really heavy and ate a lot.” All that eating and heavy lifting paid off for the Marvel star. He’s gotten so buff, certain communities online have begun calling him the “Winter Swoldier,” and the new nickname certainly fits.
In between wrapping The Winter Soldier and starting Captain America: Civil War, Stan underwent his transformation which ended up causing some strange consequences. He’d outgrown the metal arm attachment that defined his character, Bucky Barnes. “I remember I showed up, and I was a little bit bigger than I had been in The Winter Soldier. The arm was a bit tight,” he recalled. “I was losing circulation.” With big guns like that, who needs circulation? Who would have thought that the Winter Soldier’s biggest weakness would be his incredibly ripped arms?
In preparation for his new role on the Disney+ show The Falcon and The Winter Soldier, Stan began pumping iron to get fit. He also told the outlet that filming an action movie was essentially a workout in itself. From stunt training for fight scenes to running around set in his heavy suit, Stan had ample opportunity to bulk up to new levels.
Despite higher levels of fitness, Stan’s still aware that he’s up against some heavyweight competition. “I mean, next to Evans and Hemsworth and all those guys, I feel like I’m 50 miles behind. I don’t think I can get to that size, to be honest,” Stan said. It’s nice to know that even stars known for their rippling physiques are also envious of the otherworldly beefiness of Hemsworth and Evans. Beside those musclebound powerhouses, even a hunk of a man like Stan could feel self-conscious.
With all that said, Stan, at 37, is clearly proud of the results of his hard work. “My body right now is probably the best it’s ever been,” he said, and he’s not wrong. Though he claims he’ll never be at the same stature as the Hemsworths and Evans of the world, based on how far he’s come, he’s well on his way to legendary status.
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