*New* Sam Heughan Interview with Access Hollywood   2 comments

Here’s a new Sam Heughan interview with Access Hollywood

Sam Heughan

From Access Hollywood:

In the days since “Outlander” concluded its Season 1 run on Starz, Sam Heughan has found his work the subject of much critical acclaim.

Heughan had challenging scenes all season long in the freshman series. The final two episodes of the drama, though, were full of emotionally gut-wrenching material, as viewers saw his character, Jamie Fraser, not just raped and tortured, but attacked psychologically by Black Jack Randall, who took sadistic pleasure in dismantling the Highlander’s spirit.

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Heughan was aware of the very serious material at the end of Diana Gabaldon’s “Outlander” book, and in early 2014, he told Access Hollywood he expected the Wentworth material to be demanding.

“It’s in the book. It’s very dark and you don’t expect that to be part of this book, and I think that’s what the book does and the series will do. … When you think you know what’s going to happen, then it just changes. And I think for an actor — I think [for] any actor — that’s a real challenge and it’s gonna be hard, but it’s gonna be really interesting to see what it does to the character of Jamie,” he said at the time.

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It wasn’t until September 2014 that the Wentworth material was filmed, and in the run up to shooting the dark and harrowing scenes opposite co-star Tobias Menzies (Black Jack Randall), Heughan’s preparation work included consulting with the show’s writing staff and a doctor.

“I talked about this and discussed it with the writers and I spoke to our doctor, who is actually an A&E [accident and emergency] doctor, so we discussed a lot about the physical side, and then, I had a good chat with her about the psychology of it,” he explained. “But we all came to the agreement that ultimately, it’s a very personal thing.”

After the finale aired, “Outlander” found itself on the receiving end of praise for the way the show dealt with – and spent time on – showing what came after Jamie’s assault and rescue. The scenes weren’t pretty, nor were they meant to be, as Heughan’s character battled depression and dealt with being haunted by Black Jack, who sickeningly interwove himself into the fabric of the thing Jamie held most dear – his deep love for his wife, Claire. And it also touched on a subject not often shown on television – the misplaced shame the character felt over being aroused during the assault, and as the character saw it, letting Black Jack break him.

“We didn’t shy away from it,” Heughan said of those scenes. “And it isn’t just about the physical act that Black Jack does, it is definitely about the psychology and Jamie… his body can repair, but his mind is still troubled by it. … And in those days there was no talking about it or no therapist… So, yeah, he has to deal with it in his own particular way. And for an actor, I’ve said it before, it’s a gift because it’s – you get to really discover that side of yourself and portray something quite dark and quite challenging.

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