Sam Heughan’s Casting Anniversary Twitter Q and A

Actor Sam Heughan took time to chat with fans on the anniversary date of his casting announcement (below is what Diana Gabaldon posted on her Facebook page). Four years ago, it was formally declared he would be playing the beloved character Jamie Fraser in the Outlander Starz television series being adapted from the much-adored Outlander book series by Diana Gabaldon.  His life and ours has never been the same.

Today when Sam was ready to chat under #AskSam, he set the social media set on fire with 1,481 replies. Even the King of Men cannot answer that many questions! I edited for punctuation and spelling to make for easier reading. Enjoy! Follow Sam Heughan on Twitter.

  • Happy anniversary being cast as JAMMF /do you own rights to your audition tapes? If so will you share with us OL fans? Sam: I actually saw them recently. Gabs sent them to me. Spooky… black hair Jamie!
  • Diana Gabaldon: There’s a Jamie/Ian story in there…think you and Cree could play 19 again? Sam: I could play 19…. not sure about grandfather Cree
  • Hi Sam! Are there any stunt- or action scenes for you in your new project? Sam: It’s an “action comedy!!!” I love stunts….
  • One word to describe Jamie in season 3? Sam: He’s anyone BUT JAMMF…. (The Man with Many Names)
  • I’m coming to Comic Con. Can you save me a seat in the panel room? Sam: Ask @jennadewan !? #seatKeeper
  • Is it true ~ did you get your hair cut? Sam: Maybe maybe not. Movie magic?!
  • How do you spend your time on long plane flights sleep/read/study scripts? Sam: Sleep. It’s a great opportunity to catch up! And maybe a wee dram..
  • Will you do another Barbour event in NYC? Sam: Working on it! Can’t wait for you to see my @Barbour collection for Autumn Winter this year!
  • Do you have anything else in the pipe line but the Spy movie going? Sam: So many projects, in different fields, exciting but hard to keep up!
  • The tweet was unavailable but here is his answer. Sam: I wanted to stay, had planned too but unfortunately had to leave, only saw Zebras (cool!) and Springbok (wandered onto our set!)
  • Have you talked to @caitrionambalfe lately? Sam: Who? 😉
  • What accent are you using for Spy movie? Sam: Hungarian
  • What are you craving right now? Sam: Sipping on an April Spritz… mmmm #AskSam #newFav  (He means Aperol Spritz)
  • Hey there did you actually get seasick while filming S3? Sam: Afraid not… But pretending to throw up raw eggs quite a few times can set someone off!
  • Would love to hear you narrate an audiobook! Is that something you would consider? Sam: Already done! @cassieclare #ShadowhunterAcademy (It’s an enjoyable listen for content and voice.)
  • Your FIRST thought on learning that you had been cast as Jamie Fraser? Sam: I was over joyed and didn’t realise what a wonderful adventure it’d be. So so lucky.
  • Anymore tennis games coming up with @caitrionambalfe ?? But u can’t cheat next time Sam: table tennis? I’d have to let her win….  🙂
  • What’s it like working with Kate McKinnon? Does she keep you lol? Sam: he’s SO cool and funny! What a pro.
  • Turtle Soup or Print Shop?  Sam: Wait and see……
  • Would you ever consider an interview/experience with @BearGrylls ? Sam: Where do I sign up?
  • pfft he did. Ask the bucket on the ship deck, he tells a different story… Sam: Didn’t you play the bucket?
  • Does the next @Barbour campaign have pups? How have you managed not to steal one? 12/10 would dognap!  Sam: I’m still trying…. Would love one!
  • Any bruises or injuries filming the Spy movie? Sam: Nothing major…. Risky business though!
  • Do you like Star Wars????? Sam: Do you?! More Star Trek… (Nod to Ron Moore.)
  • Waiting for @SamHeughan to notice my friends like…  Sam: Well…. where are they?!
  • Can you do a #handstand? Sam: Actually I’ve been learning but at the moment no, I’m rubbish! Unless against the wall…
  • Are you ready for the So Cal heat? #SDCC2017 Sam: I CANNOT wait!!!!!! So excited for @Comic_Con !!!!
  • Ever been jalouse at Catriona Balfe? Sam: I’m like ALWAYS totally ja-louse. ;p
  • Are you dancing at the @MyPeakChallenge Peakers event? Sam: Who’s asking? I’m dancing.
  • Have you ever wanted to play Shakespeare? Sam: I have in the past and would love to be back on stage.
  • Can I get a belated happy Birthday tweet? Sam: Happy Belated Biiiiiirthday Steph!x
  • I’d think you would fit right into Game of Thrones… would you be up for it? Sam: What character? And could they film in Scotland? (Word is he auditioned multiple times and didn’t get a part. Thank goodness or maybe he wouldn’t be Jamie. Right part. Right timing.)
  • Dream meal? Sam: Right now I’ve been craving mexican! Margaritas!
  • Did you ever thought that MPC would reach so many people in the world like it’s reaching now? what do you think about it? Sam: So, so happy, with the research projects we’ve funded and the community and support people give each other. More to do!!!
  • If you could be on a reality show, which would you do? Sam: The Bachelorette (Um. Hm.) 
  • When are you starting to film season 4? Sam: This Fall….
  • Wasn’t the water too cold in the scene where you have to hide in the River? Sam: VERY cold… ahem (Ahem. Cough. Indeed.)
  • Did you watch Valbo on tv? Sam: Hehehe I loved watching him in pain. 😉
  • Thank you for always being so gracious. Sam: No THANK YOU!!! You are all amazing. So blessed.
  • @MrStevenCree would be so jealous unless you picked him. Sam: Very quiet from Mr Cree tonight…. suspicious!

 

And that’s a wrap. Due to an early call, he had to bid fans a goodnight.

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Dragonfly In Amber S2 E13 Podcast Review Discussion

A wake, a sightseeing tour, memories and revelations, a death, reluctantly to safety she goes, a battle looming, a determination toward death, and a barbecue to pass through the stones. Dragonfly In Amber, the S2 E13 finale,   co-written by Toni Graphia and Matthew B. Roberts, is all that and more.

Claire is in her middle aged prime, Brianna Randall is a burgeoning young adult, Roger MacKenzie is brought in to the family secrets, and Jamie intends to die at Culloden for a cause he knows is lost…

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Prestonpans…The Fight Begins…S2 E10 Preview

The planning. The plotting. The preparation. The uprising is moving forward. Prestonpans a battle that will be of historic significance, is here. Prince Charles will not stop. He has his eyes on England herself. Folly it may be. He has a claim to the throne.

Jamie Fraser has the world riding upon his shoulders. He has the Prince’s trust, and many look to him as a great leader. savvy and strong He is the King of Men after all, and no less is expected. With Claire and his men by his side, he can and will do whatever it takes to get the job done well.  I imagine he has his own side plan in play that must succeed no matter the ultimate outcomes.

Will he remain in the Prince’s good graces?   Will Claire’s foreknowledge continue to be true?  What would a win here mean?

As ready as they can be, into the mist they go to fight the English.

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War Is Come S2 Preview

From the luxurious and at times cutthroat happenings in France, The Fraser’s have gone home. They did all they could to stop the Jacobite uprising from taking place, but alas, it is now upon there own doorstep. Prince Charles has arrived and war is come to Scotland. The remaining episodes of the season will be steeped in difficult living, fighting, and more grave losses. Claire has shared all she knows with Jamie and Murtagh, now all they can do is try to change history for the win.

Returning to face the fight are favorites among the many, renowned Jacobite Dougal MacKenzie, Angus Mhor, and Rupert MacKenzie. I wonder what other faces will emerge. Will Mary Hawkins virtue be avenged? Will Black Jack Randall return with one life less? Can Lallybroch be saved now that Jamie is a known traitor? Have we heard the last of Alex Randall? The Duke of Sandringham? I imagine he is playing all sides as before.

Those are some of the many questions to be answered in the 5 remaining episodes.

Culloden is near and all we can do is wait, watch, and wonder.

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He’s back. Mark him, he will have an uprising. Scotland, she is exquisite to behold.

Jamie and Claire FOREVER.

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Podcast – Useful Occupations and Deceptions S2 E3 Review

In this S2 E3 episode, Useful Occupations and Deceptions, Jamie Fraser is up to his political eyeballs trying to find out all he can of Prince Charles’ plan to forge toward a rebellion and retake the throne for his family. While Claire becomes bored as a Lady, and is finding her groove again as a healer. Murtagh finds a wee spring in his step named Suzette. A cute and talented pickpocket is employed. A nun serves well. All is not happy at home though…

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