Category: Outlander

‘Outlander’ Stars Found Themselves In An Unsettling New World In Season 2

‘Outlander’ Stars Found Themselves In An Unsettling New World In Season 2

DEADLINE – The Highlanders are in France for Season 2 of Outlander, the time-traveling historical romance from Starz which stars the trio of Caitriona Balfe, Sam Heughan and Tobias Menzies. The show’s second season was teased as a whole new event unto itself, leaving both the Outlander characters and the actors playing them a little off-balance. “It was actually a little unsettling—suddenly, we’re thrust into this entirely new world,” says Heughan, who plays Jamie Fraser.

While the series continues to be shot primarily in Scotland—even scenes at the French gardens of Versailles—the actors had to adjust quickly to new backdrops, new costumes, and, most crucially, the French language. Though Balfe’s Claire Randall, a time-traveling Brit who continues to find herself a stranger in a strange land, is considered by the French characters around her to be the most respectable in her language skills, Balfe says that as an actress, this battle was not easily won. “Oh god, my French is so bad,” Balfe laughs. The actress lived in France over a decade ago, but when she left, her speaking abilities went with her. “The French that we’re speaking in the show is very classical 18th century French, and it’s a whole other beast,” she says.

Also challenging were shooting the show’s many scenes of heavy violence and sex, which require extensive choreography and time to execute. “Because of the sumptuousness of how it’s shot, it does require giving it a bit of time. It’s shot like a film, really. It has a certain grandeur about it,” says Menzies, who received a Golden Globe nomination this year for his dual performance in the roles of Jack and Frank Randall, ancestors who are two centuries and two worlds apart that both share scenes with Claire. This being said, while the production schedule for Season 1 allowed for extended rehearsal periods, as the actors got their footing, this time around, the cast had no such luxury.

Even so, the physicality of these roles—the swashbuckling and riding of horses—is a good part of what attracted the actors to the roles in the first place, and continues to be a significant presence in Season 2. And a lighthearted atmosphere on set is essential. “There’s a great humor on set; Caitriona, I think, is the reason for that,” Heughan notes. “When she gets tired, she corpses—all the time, which can be tough sometimes because you’re trying to get a scene done, and she’s just gone; but it’s very funny.”

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‘Outlander’ Team Breaks Down That Violent Act of Revenge and “Powerful” Scene Viewers Didn’t See

‘Outlander’ Team Breaks Down That Violent Act of Revenge and “Powerful” Scene Viewers Didn’t See

THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER – [Warning: This story contains spoilers from Saturday’s Outlander, “Vengeance Is Mine.”]

It may have taken longer than everyone had hoped for, but Jamie (Sam Heughan), Claire (Caitriona Balfe), Murtagh (Duncan Lacroix) and Mary (Rosie Day) finally got revenge on the evil and slippery Duke of Sandringham (Simon Callow) on Outlander. And it came in the form of a blunt ax to the head.

After years of scheming and making Claire and Jamie’s lives a living hell, the Duke met his demise in a gory, violent scene closing out a tense roller coaster ride of an hour. After the Jacobite army decided against invading London and turned back to march for Scotland, Jamie’s men got caught inside a church by the British army. Claire used herself as a fake hostage once more to insure Jamie’s and his men’s safety, and the British, believing her to be a Scottish hostage, brought her to the Duke of Sandringham’s home, ironically for her own safety. Once there, the Duke tried to get Claire to lure Jamie to his home to rescue them both from the British, but it was a trap. The Duke once again betrayed them, and tried to get them arrested.

While Jamie and Murtagh successfully infiltrated the Duke’s heavily guarded home, Claire found Mary inside the house since she’s the Duke’s goddaughter. The two women tried to escape through the kitchen but were caught by the Duke and his men. Claire then recognized the Duke’s right-hand man, Danton (Andrea Dolente), as the man who attacked them and raped Mary in Paris, and the Duke confessed that it was because he owed the Comte St. Germain (Stanley Weber) money and he had negotiated for rape instead of murder as payment. Mary, enraged to learn the truth, stabbed and killed Danton herself, while Murtagh decapitated the Duke and laid his bloody head at Claire’s feet, finally fulfilling his promise to her.

It was time to put an end to this,” showrunner Ron Moore tells The Hollywood Reporter with a laugh. “Enough with this guy who keeps everybody dancing, where you never can tell which way he’s going to go. Eventually, you’re going to run into Murtagh and he’s going to cut your head off.”

Balfe loved how intense and powerful that finale scene was in the kitchen.

It was really fantastic filming that,” Balfe says. “I honestly loved working with Simon Callow. He’s such a great person to have around set. But what I loved in particular, I loved how Mary got her justice, finally. And it was by her own hand. That was a wonderful part of that scene. She truly deserved to get that peace of mind.”

Balfe couldn’t believe how real the prosthetic head was that the prop department created. “The effects were just so authentic,” she says with a laugh. “And to see Duncan really go at it was hilarious.”

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Outlander: 2×12 “The Hail Mary” Promo

Outlander: 2×11 “Vengeance Is Mine” Promo

‘Outlander’: Caitriona Balfe on Sex, Violence and Time Travel

ROLLING STONE – At first glance, the premise behind Outlander — the hour-long series now in its second season on Starz — sounds kind of ridiculous. A married World War II nurse time travels back to mid-1700s Scotland, falls in love with a rugged, dashing Highland warrior and becomes involved with the Jacobite uprising against the British? Huh? Based on the popular Diana Gabaldon book series — the first of which was released 25 years ago (and is still going) – there’s far more to this fantastical time-traveling historical bodice ripper than kilts and corsets. Full of bold, erotic and unflinching storytelling, it’s easily one of the most substantive guilty pleasures on television.

And it hasn’t been without a little controversy. For starters, the violence easily rivals that of Game of Thrones – at one point, the show’s Scottish hero, Jamie Fraser, takes a whipping so brutal that his flesh peels away from his back. Plus there’s the sex, and lots of it; a first-season episode featured not one, not two, but three extensive hot-and-heavy scenes, the first of which featured its era-hopping heroine Claire Randall Fraser deflowering her hunky Highlander on their wedding night. Gird your loins, for they will be on fire.

At the center of it all is Irish actress Caitriona Balfe, who’s performance as Fraser is radiant, brave, beguiling, and more than deserving of her Golden Globe nomination. Now midway through Outlander’s second season (with at least two more confirmed seasons on the way), Rolling Stone chatted with the breakout star about the show’s success, its bold approach to sex and violence – including a particularly notorious, horrific rape scene — and whether trying to stop history from unfolding is such a great idea.

Were you a fan of the Diana Gabaldon series before you started working on the show?
When I first got the audition, I didn’t even know about the books. I had two scenes sent to me, and you don’t really get full context. But as soon as I found out that I was going to be testing, I went out to my local bookstore in L.A., Book Soup, and grabbed a copy of the first novel; the guy at the counter was like, “Oh, you know they’re going to make a TV show out of this.” And I was like “Oh really?” It was quite a lucky omen.

What did you think of Claire?
She’s one of those great female characters — she’s funny, she’s kind of stubborn, she’s hot-headed but she’s also very empathetic, very intelligent. She just felt like a very well-rounded, fully-formed character. It felt like it would be a really exciting experience to portray her.

The book series has been around for 25 years and has a pretty diehard fanbase.
I think if I had been aware of the magnitude of the fanbase and all of their expectations, I would have probably stumbled or been a little overwhelmed by it all. It was nice to go into it not knowing — then my Twitter account started exploding.

What have the reactions been like?
I think the initial reaction to my casting was like “Well, she’s too tall, and she’s too skinny, she doesn’t have brown eyes and her hair’s not curly!” The thing is, everyone has a subjective vision of what these characters are supposed to look like. When you’re casting anything, hopefully they’re looking for people who embody the character in an essence way rather than just the physical. But once the show aired, the fans have have really transferred their love over from the book series to our show, which is fantastic.
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The Paley Center for Media presents The Artistry of ‘Outlander’

Yesterday (June 06), Cait attended The Paley Center for Media presents The Artistry of ‘Outlander’ in Beverly Hills, California. You can check out high quality photos from the event in our gallery.

Outlander: 2×10 “Prestonpans” Promo

Outlander: 2×08 “The Fox’s Lair” Screencaptures

I have added HD screencaptures from the latest episode of Outlander, “The Fox’s Lair” to the gallery!

Outlander: 2×09 “Je Suis Prest” Episodic Stills

Thanks to Far Far Away, I have added episodic stills of Cait from the upcoming episode of Outlander, “Je Suis Prest” to the gallery!

‘Outlander’ Renewed for Seasons 3 and 4 at Starz

THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER – The critically-favored period drama will be on the pay cable network for the foreseeable future.

Starz is committing to at least two more seasons of Outlander, renewing the series with an order that will cover the third and fourth novels in Diana Gabaldon’s sprawling source material.

The cable network announced the news on Wednesday, a few weeks into the sophomore season’s run, noting that the books Voyager and Drums of Autumn will be adapted during the upcoming seasons.

Outlander is like nothing seen before on television,” boasted Starz CEO Chris Albrecht in a statement. “From its depiction of a truly powerful female lead character, to the devastating decimation of the Highlander way of life, to what is a rarely seen genuine and timeless love story, it is a show that not only transports the viewer, but inspires the passion and admiration of its fans. On this 25th anniversary of the publication of the first book in the U.S., we are thrilled and honored to be able to continue the story that began with author Diana Gabaldon, and is brought to life by the incredibly talented Ronald D. Moore. There are no better storytellers for Outlander than this team, both in front and behind the camera.”

The network has no reason to slow on its commitment to the franchise. Produced by Tall Ship Productions, Story Mining and Supply Company, and Left Bank Pictures in association with Sony Pictures Television, the second season is has been outperforming the first in early time-shifting data. The initial run, 16 episodes spread out in two runs, averaged 5 million multiplatform viewers per episode.

Outlander premiered with a built-in audience. The book series, with eight titles in total, has sold more than 26 million copies worldwide.

This renewal does not include a set episode count, and Starz has already proven that it’s happy to be a little loose with the Outlander roll-out. After the second batch of season one episodes, the show was off the air for more than a year.

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