Watch: Sebastian Stan Talks About Going Full-Frontal in 'Monday'

Tuesday April 20, 2021

Denise Gough and Sebastian Stan in "Monday"
Denise Gough and Sebastian Stan in "Monday"  (Source:IFC Films)

Days before his latest film "Monday" was released, Sebastian Stan teased fans with an IG of himself walking down a well-lit street naked save for a parka jacket he wears in such a way that his rear is exposed.

Now that the film is in release in theaters and on VOD, audiences are getting more of Stan than they'll getting on Marvel's "The Falcon and the Winter Soldier," reports adult site The Sword. "The Falcon and the Winter Soldier" is available on Disney+.

"Clips from Sebastian's new movie 'Monday' have been making their way onto the internet and (spoiler alert!) revealing that the hunky Marvel actor participates in some nude scenes for the flick. He's giving audiences a full view of his flaccid falcon and his winter soldiers!" writes The Sword.

Written and directed by Argyris Papadimitropoulos, this romantic drama follows the whirlwind relationship with an an immigration lawyer (Denise Gough) and a disc jockey (Stan) who meet on a Greek resort dance floor then find themselves naked on the beach the next day. "This is not a meet-cute exactly — the participants were way too drunk and horny for that — but it does serve the purpose of a meet-cute, which is to deeply invest us in what these two strangers will do next," wrote Vulture critic Bilge Ebiri wrote in her review.

"His name is Mickey, and he's played by the eerily versatile and chameleonic Sebastian Stan, whose sleepily confident face is the key to his hangdog charm. Her name is Chloe, and she's played by the Irish actress Denise Gough, whose big, hungry eyes make a dramatic contrast to his. Before the day is through, he's at the airport begging her to stay," Ebiri added.

The New York Times put it succinctly: "(I)t's a sharply observed, well-acted picture with a lot of tart detail and a few real stings in its tail."

Sebastian Stan and Denise Gough in "Monday"  (Source: IFC)

When asked about the film's nude scenes, Stan told Digital Spy: "If it was truthful and made sense, then OK. Obviously trust was a big thing here. I knew we were trying to tell such an honest depiction of a relationship that we were going to be open to whatever that meant, as long as it remained truthful and made sense."

Gough joined Stan to answer questions about the film (and the nudity) for Refinery29.

"I initially thought I couldn't do the film was because of the sex scenes," Gough said. "It always falls to the actress to do all the sex stuff, so the orgasm, everything. So, I've never been interested in doing them. But then I watched Argyris' film 'Suntan' and they have a different attitude towards sex in Greece. It just didn't feel like we were filming sex scenes. It's always going to feel a bit weird, but at that point we were so in the improvised world of that relationship, it was sort of okay. And Sebastian carried his side, so I didn't ever feel like I'm being filmed now, having sex. The camera just kind of moved around and we pretended. And then we jumped in the sea."

Stan added: "I think, as long as everything felt earned... and it did. With every scene, not just sex scenes or the nudity, it's like What's the most truthful thing here? They would be naked because they just did this. And that. It always felt safe that way."

To Digital Spy Stan also commented on how working on the indie film was different than the Marvel blockbusters he's been involved in. "It's liberating. You come in here, it's not about trying to look a certain way or what the cool shot is, though I did feel Argyris made us look pretty fucking cool," he joked.

"It feels like it's a collaborative experience. You're much more involved as an actor, I felt."