Outlander star Sam Heughan has mirrored on filming character Jamie Fraser’s troublesome sexual assault.
“This wasn’t a second the place I felt that being bare would add to the horror of what Jamie undergoes in that fort dungeon as a type of punishment, subjugation, and humiliation,” Heughan, 42, wrote in his Waypoints memoir, in keeping with an excerpt printed by Insider, noting the STARZ inventive staff insisted that he ought to be nude.
The Scotland native added: “I pushed again, reasoning that nudity sexualized a horrific expertise for my character, and it sparked fairly a debate. Inventive conversations are a function of all productions, good artwork is made by questioning the reality and all of us wish to get it proper.”
Throughout the season one finale of Outlander, Jamie was brutally raped by rival Black Jack Randall (performed by Tobias Menzies). The scene, which aired in Could 2015, featured Black Jack assaulting Jamie within the shadows of their jail cell. Heughan and the Crown alum, 48, have been solely bare on the finish of the clip — which had allegedly been reworked in the course of the modifying course of.
“It could have been dealt with otherwise [if it was filmed today],” the Males In Kilts alum wrote, claiming a full-frontal shot was filmed. “Instances have modified. The [penis] shot was pointless and did betray my belief within the inventive staff a bit. We don’t have to see the horror to think about what the characters undergo. Creativeness is far more highly effective.”
Neither the Outlander inventive staff nor STARZ have publicly addressed Heughan’s claims, which have been printed in his memoir that was launched on Tuesday, October 25. The A Princess for Christmas actor has beforehand been outspoken about being uncomfortable throughout express Outlander scenes, main him to rent an intimacy coordinator for season 6.
“I introduced on board the intimacy advisor Vanessa Coffey as a result of, with intimate scenes, it’s vital that everybody is protected, but additionally we discover a method to discover these scenes and truly possibly get one thing extra out of them,” Heughan stated throughout a March look on the “Joyful Unhappy Confused” podcast. “I feel this season we’ve accomplished a fair higher job with these sorts of scenes as a result of she actually helped us perceive what we’re doing and the way we construct up this relationship and take it some place else, so she’s been terrific.”
The Bloodshot actor advised host Josh Horowitz that the time-traveling interval drama began in a “very completely different time” when the trade was additionally completely different. “We actually didn’t know what we have been doing,” he added. “We have been thrown within the deep finish and needed to study by way of the expertise, so I feel it’s been actually nice to carry Vanessa on board to assist youthful actors with much less expertise.”
Outlander — which was tailored from Diana Gabaldon’s bestselling novels — is gearing as much as return for its seventh season although a premiere date has not been introduced.
“This actually is [a] super-sized season,” Heughan solely advised Us Weekly in June. “We actually begin off with a bang. The primary couple episodes are actually sturdy, and that’s so far as we’ve bought shooting-wise. However I do know there’s a lot that we’re nonetheless about to get to. Not solely that you simply’ve bought numerous new characters coming in or characters that I feel are anticipated by followers — together with, in fact, Jamie Fraser’s son — however a bunch of recent characters as effectively.”
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