The Falcon and the Winter Soldier stars Anthony Mackie and Sebastian Stan improvised much of their therapy session featured in episode 2.
The Falcon and the Winter Soldier Stars Anthony Mackie and Sebastian Stan improvised much of their therapy session featured in Episode 2 of the Disney + hit. The episode, titled “The Star-Spangled Man”, explores John Walker (Wyatt Russell) as the new Captain America. Unsurprisingly, Sam and Bucky’s reaction to their role is not kind. After the heroes’ first battle with the Flag Smashers, the duo part ways with Walker and his partner Battlestar, also known as Lemar Hoskins (Clé Bennett), only for Bucky to be sent to jail for violating his probation.
This provides a little respite away from all the fights and sets the stage for the episode’s joint therapy session to take place. The Falcon and the Winter Soldier has been exploring Bucky Barnes’ struggles with mental health through his meetings with therapist Dr. Christina Raynor. In episode 2, Sam joins him in the proverbial hot seat when Dr. Raynor brings the two face to face in an awkward meeting that results in equal amounts of embarrassment and concern for the heroes’ relationship.
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Actress Amy Aquino, who plays Raynor, spoke with Collider about his experience playing alongside Mackie and Stan. As she points out, it was pretty easy to work with the duo. And although there was definitely a script written for The Falcon and the Winter Soldier Aquino reveals that much of it was improvised and improvised. Given the amount of time the couple have lived in these characters and the wonderful chemistry they have cultivated together, this tidbit is not surprising at all. Aquino says:
In those scenes, we all knew what the shape of the scene was supposed to be and what they had to do and finally get there, but the director, Kari, who is brilliant, they had to be able to just improvise that, find their moments, just do it. . They just had to be in the moment to do it. There was no way to do it completely according to a script. So that was largely improv. Not the beginning and the end, we had to start where we started and we had to get to where we arrived with the point where I intervene, but everything in between was them. It was all these years of relationship.
There is an industry term for when an actor must stay true to the script: be married to copy. And for many productions, it takes talent to do just that and speak the dialogue exactly as it is written. But for The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, things work a little differently. Mackie and Stan have played Sam and Bucky for nearly a decade, and no matter how flawless a screenwriter’s talent is, sometimes the best way to bring a couple of beloved characters to life is to just let them play and see what happens.
The outcome of the therapy scene in “The Star-Spangled Man” exposes the history and tension that exists between Sam and Bucky, as well as their inattention to the issues surrounding Steve Rogers. However, it also adds a taut sense of drama to The Falcon and the Winter Soldier. This makes for an exciting, engaging, and exciting viewing experience.
The Falcon and the Winter Soldier launches new episodes in Friday at Disney +.
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