Take it from the MCU's Bucky Barnes, Sebastian Stan – nobody likes hearing 'no,' but it's all part of showbiz.
In an interview with CNBC Make It, the Winter Soldier star talked about getting rejected when he originally auditioned for Captain America and admitted that being offered the part of Bucky Barnes instead was the best thing that could have ever happened to him.
Stan said Kevin Feige and casting director Sarah Finn's decision to cast Chris Evans as the titular shield-wielding hero in Captain America: First Avenger "worked out" as he got to play a "much better role" that was by turns a lot more complex, since Barnes went from being Steve Rogers' oldest pal to his nemesis as The Winter Soldier after being brainwashed by HYDRA.
When asked what advice he has for his fellow thespians, the 35-year-old Romanian actor says you just gotta stick to your guns in what is a very tough industry.
"Try not to take things personally, learn how to to face rejection, no matter what you do, stay obsessed with it," he said.
And no doubt, five movies and counting playing Bucky has proven to be a blessing for Stan. Not only has it given him global visibility as a key player in today's biggest blockbuster franchise, but his character's evolution from Cap's foe back to friend again – as evidenced by his post-credits reveal in Black Panther as the White Wolf - means he's destined be around for a long time to come despite being turned to dust at the end of Avengers: Infinity War.
That's pretty much a safe bet given Stan has four more flicks to go in a whopping nine movie contract with Marvel, has already confirmed Bucky will be back for Avengers 4, and rumors abound that Bucky may don the red, white and blue in the MCU for a much darker take on the Captain America character. At least, that's what Stan told the Build Series last month if Rogers meets an unfortunate end in the next Avengers installment as happens in the Marvel comics.
We'll just have to wait until next year to find out when Avengers 4 hits theaters on May 3, 2019.