When Sebastian Stan was first offered the chance to audition for "The Martian," all he was told was that it was a Ridley Scott movie and it took place in space — and no, he couldn't read the script. It's the kind of situation that used to freak him out as an actor, but he's gotten over it.
You weren't allowed to read the script before auditioning?
It's true. Basically I got a phone call where the casting director was on the other end saying, "You've got 48 hours to put yourself on tape. There's a part in this movie, it's the last part to be cast, Ridley Scott is directing. And you can't read the script." Once I did a little bit of research that night, I realized there was a book, and immediately I was like, is it possible for me to read a book in one night?
If you have to put yourself on tape without the script, what do you do?
They gave me basically three quick scenes, and none of the stuff was dramatic, per se. Sometimes when you get an audition they select a scene that's very dramatic or "shows your range," but these scenes were very practical and there didn't seem to be much to them — other than speaking this very scientific language. So I kind of went in not nervous for once. I actually went in there like, "You know what? I'm going to do my best, and who knows? This is such a long shot." So actually that might have helped.