The actor stated that he did not believe the full-frontal shot almost left in the first season of the show would be considered today: ‘Times have changed,’ says one.
Sam Heughan, who plays Jamie Fraser on Starz’s “Outlander,” said a full-frontal shot of his penis after filming a “horrific” scene in which his character is raped by another man was “unnecessary” and “betrayed his trust” with the creative team.
In his new memoir “Waypoints: My Scottish Journey,” Heughan writes that he resisted including the graphic shot because “nudity sexualized a horrific experience for my character, and it sparked quite a debate.”
He claimed that, despite the fact that the penis shot was eventually cut from the show in favor of a slightly less graphic one of him sprawled naked on the dungeon floor, he still felt “betrayed” by the entire experience.
“I didn’t feel like being naked would add to the horror of what Jamie goes through in that castle dungeon as a form of punishment, subjugation, and humiliation,” he wrote, adding, “We don’t need to see the horror to imagine what the characters go through.” “Imagination is far more potent.”
Heughan went on to say that the scene, which was shot for the show’s first season several years ago, would most likely not happen today. He wrote, “Times have changed.” “The c—- shot was unnecessary, and it did test my faith in the creative team a little.”
The show, now in its sixth season, debuted in 2014. It follows a British Army nurse during WWII who is suddenly transported from her 20th-century honeymoon to 1743 Scotland, where she meets and falls in love with Heughan’s character.
“We’re not messing around here,” “Outlander” showrunner Ron D. Moore said about the rape scene in a 2015 interview with Vulture. “This is the plot. We’re reading a book, and this is a part of the story that is absolutely necessary to that book. It’s impossible not to do it. It should be horrific because this is a horrific situation.”
Heughan also told Vulture in 2015 that filmmakers asked him to reshoot the scene to get a wider angle.
“I was like, ‘Oh, God, I thought I had it all figured out.'” ‘We’ll only do it up to a certain point, just before it happens,’ they said. However, the actor claimed that no one called “cut,” and he was forced to re-enact the entire scene.
“I remember feeling so scared, and actually feeling a little like my trust had been broken a little,” he said. “Awesome to play, but terrifying.” But that’s exactly what happened to Jamie — he’s been beaten, tortured, and completely broken down!”
Although he disagreed with some of the shoot’s details, he described the rape scene as a “gift” for an actor to be able to “play a moment with such large emotions and such big boundaries and big issues to deal with.” That, I believe, is quite uncommon on television.”