I did!!! He is SUCH A FREAKING CUTIE.
For those unawares, this article is called “How Chris Messina Became That Guy You See in Everything.”
This is what he has to say about The Mindy Project:
In many ways, Danny Castelano on The Mindy Project is the typical Chris Messina character: rough around the edges but sweet underneath it all.Over the course of the show’s two seasons, however, Messina has been able to watch Danny grow — as Messina himself has stepped out of his comfort zone.
The Mindy Project felt very scary to do, which again, is a good sign. There was something good about doing it. It was never a world — if you told me, “You’re going to be entering your third season of a Fox comedy,” I’d be like, “That’s never gonna happen.” And not because I thought I was better than it, just because I didn’t grow up wanting that, and I don’t feel like I have that skill. I’m really happy that Mindy [Kaling] saw something in me that she felt was right for this part and right for the show. And I’ve learned a lot about comedy from all those guys. It’s a very, very funny bunch of people.
I struggle with it, because what I like to do and the style in which I like to work is quiet, a lot of silences and a lot of pauses. It’s 20 minutes of television so it’s like, let’s go, let’s go, let’s go, and that’s where the comedy comes out, some of the quick pace of it. So I struggle sometimes with maybe the form of it, but I’ve learned to really, really respect it and admire when people can do it well.
There are so many actors that you’ll sit down with — and there are so many actors that you probably will never meet — that are so talented and they can’t get an agent, they can’t get a job, they can’t get a callback. They can’t get a callback for a fucking pilot. They can’t get in the room. I know a lot of these people, and they blow me away, and they blow so many other actors away. And we may not know who they are ever. I’m lucky to have a job. For two seasons, now entering into a third, between The Mindy Project and The Newsroom, to have these very, very two different characters, these very, very two different sets, I’m super lucky to have work.
So we started out by saying, “Yeah, it’s exhausting. I don’t sleep much, and I’m going from one thing to the next,” but in the big scheme of things, the fact that I can go and know that tonight I’m gonna go shoot this Joe Swanberg movie, and know that next week I’m going back on The Newsroom, and in July I have a job onThe Mindy Project — it’s a nice feeling because that might go away, easily. And it definitely hasn’t been here forever. There were many days where I didn’t know what the hell I was gonna do.
This scene/the details of Bucky’s complete victimization (he’s not a villain, or even an antagonist, not any more than the guns HYDRA uses are antagonists. They’ve turned his mind to nothing and his body into a weapon) hits half the points on my list of Yikes (medical horror, compromised bodily integrity, compromised bodily autonomy, brainwashing, and then just a healthy slather of good old-fashioned physical abuse by authority), and it’s effective even if you don’t have this specific set of hangups. Even further, the visual of Bucky half-naked in a roomful of men in suits or tactical gear is important and very creepy, if you’re coming at it from the right direction. He could kill all of them, but Sebastian Stan has put no threat of that whatsoever into Bucky’s face or his body. His shoulders are slumped in and he’s dead behind the eyes. When you have thoroughly fucked someone out of knowing their own power, you are a Master Fucker and deserve a prize, like a new car falling on you from a great height or an all-expenses paid trip to the inside of an active volcano.
Pierce, annoyed, gets up and says “Prep him.” One of the techs warns that Bucky’s been out of cryostasis for too long, and Pierce just orders them to “Wipe him, and start over.” I imagine he does most of his healing when in cryostasis, so Pierce is such a monster that he’s having Bucky take his recently-beaten and tortured ass back out to fight again. It’s probably like when I sometimes get out of work at midnight and have to be back in at 6 am.
This process involves strapping him down into the chair he’s in and shoving a bite guard into his mouth, which he just accepts, despite clearly hating it. So he remembers this happening every time, but not what gets taken out of him? That’s the worst. He only starts really reacting to things now, and it’s not anger or defiance–it’s terrified helplessness, to the point where he squeezes his eyes shut like a child before two halves of a machine come down on either side of his head to secure themselves. The machine kicks up, and he’s howling in agony through the bite guard as Pierce leaves the room.
Even Rumlow watches this whole scene like “That was fucked up. That fucked me up.”
Even when I had nothing, I had Bucky.
"Chris and I have been in a lot of dark places together, and the thing I love about Chris, we met over some ‘apple juice’ and it was like one of those experiences where there’s a dude you meet and you’re like ‘Man, you’re a cool dude.’ Then a whole bottle of ‘apple juice’ later you’re like ‘Man, we’re friends.’ Just a dark, dark place."- Anthony Mackie.
My dad was driving home the other day and I kid you not, he spotted a MASSIVE Mjolnir outside with some bins. Thor, stop leaving your trash in the streets!
Marvel Cinematic Universe
(minus the Incredible Hulk)
“…the secret of the Great Stories is that they have no secrets. The Great Stories are the ones you have heard and want to hear again. The ones you can enter anywhere and inhabit comfortably. They don’t deceive you with thrills and trick endings. They don’t surprise you with the unforeseen. They are as familiar as the house you live in. Or the smell of your lover’s skin. You know how they end, yet you listen as though you don’t. In the way that although you know that one day you will die, you live as though you won’t. In the Great Stories you know who lives, who dies, who finds love, who doesn’t. And yet you want to know again.
That is their mystery and their magic.”"