Outlander‘s Sam Heughan and Tobias Menzies get candid about season 1 rape scene
The actors reflect on the most-talked about moment from the Starz drama
Fans may dig the romance-for-the-ages between Jamie and Claire, but the hit series that’s based on Diana Gabaldon’s best-selling book series is just as much a historical tale as it is a psychological drama.The most-talked about scene from season 1 was when English captain Jonathan “Black Jack” Randall (Tobias Menzies) sodomized and tortured Jamie (Sam Heughan) in a prison cell. It’s a gut-wrenching sequence, which is no doubt why Menzies earned a Golden Globe nomination for his performance (and why it’s egregious that he and Heughan were overlooked for the Emmys).
EW asked the two actors to talk about the psychology behind the scene from Episode 15, titled “Wentworth Prison.”
SAM HEUGHAN: We approached it a lot like a play. Tobias and I come from theater background so we spent about a week just working through the scenes and discussing the text and making any adjustments that we felt were needed. We sort of did a rough blocking and worked out what was going to happen, where and how. But then, obviously on the day, you just have to kind of go for it.
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