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‘Outlander’ actor says graphic shot during ‘horrific’ rape scene broke his trust with producers

Sam Heughan, who stars as Jamie Fraser in the Starz drama “Outlander”, called a full-front shot of his penis after filming a “terrible” scene in which his character raped by Another person was “unnecessary” and “betrayed his trust” with the creative team.

Heughan wrote in his new memoir “Waypoints: My Scottish Journey” which he pushed back, including the graphic shot, “arguing that the nudity sexualized a horrible experience for my character, and it sparked considerable debate.”

He said, although the penis shot was eventually cut from the show in favor of a slightly less graphic one, with one of them spread naked on the dungeon floor, he still felt “deceived” by the whole experience.

“It wasn’t a moment where I felt that being naked would add to the horror of what Jamie endures in the form of punishment, subjugation, and humiliation in that palace dungeon,” he wrote, adding, “To see us It’s scary to imagine the characters going through. The imagination is more powerful.”

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Scottish actor/writer Sam Heughan attended "Waypoint: An Evening with Sam Heughan" On October 17, 2022 in New York City at 92nd Street Y, New York.

Scottish actor/writer Sam Heughan attends “Waypoints: An Evening with Sam Heughan” on October 17, 2022 in New York City at 92nd Street Y, New York.
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Heughan said the scene filmed several years ago for the show’s first season would not take place today. He wrote, ‘Times have changed. “C—the shot was unnecessary and it betrayed my trust in the creative team a bit.”

The show, which is in its sixth season, premiered in 2014. It follows a British Army nurse during World War II who is suddenly taken from her 20th century honeymoon to 1743 Scotland, where she meets the character of Heughan, and they fall in love.

“We’re not playing around,” “Outlander” showrunner Ron D. Moore said about the rape scene in a 2015 interview with Vulture. “It’s the story. There’s a book that we’re following, and it’s part of the story that’s absolutely essential to that book. There’s really no way to not do that. It’s a horrifying situation, so it’s not going to happen.” Must be gruesome.”

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(L to R) Alexander Vlahos, Richard Rankin, Maril Davis, Cesar Domboy, Lauren Lyle, Steven Cree, Sophie Skelton, Jessica Reynolds, Caitlin O'Ryan, Mark Lewis Jones, Sam Heughan, Euan Bennett and Paul Gorman. "outlander" Season Six premieres at the Royal Festival Hall on February 24, 2022 in London, England.

(L to R) Alexander Vlahos, Richard Rankin, Maril Davis, Cesar Domboy, Lauren Lyle, Steven Cree, Sophie Skelton, Jessica Reynolds, Caitlin O’Ryan, Mark Lewis Jones, Sam Heughan, Euan Bennett and Paul Gorman in “Outlander” participate. “Season Six premieres on February 24, 2022 at the Royal Festival Hall in London, England.
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In 2015, Heughan also told Vulture that the filmmakers asked him to re-shoot the scene so that they could get a wider angle.

“I was like ‘Oh my god, I thought I’d get this out of the way.’ And they said, ‘We’ll only do it up to a certain point, right before it happens.’ But the actor said that no one said “cut” and he was forced to watch the entire scene again.

“I remember feeling so scared, and actually feeling like my trust was broken a little bit, because it was horrible,” he said. “Great to play, but terrible. But that was it for Jamie – he was beaten and tortured and completely broke!”

Scottish actor/writer Sam Heughan attended "Waypoint: An Evening with Sam Heughan" On October 17, 2022 in New York City at 92nd Street Y, New York.

Scottish actor/writer Sam Heughan attends “Waypoints: An Evening with Sam Heughan” on October 17, 2022 in New York City at 92nd Street Y, New York.
(Gary Gershoff/Getty Images)

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Although he disagreed with the details of the shooting, he called the rape scene a “gift” for an actor, “to be able to play a moment with so many emotions and so many boundaries and deal with big issues. I think that’s enough Rare on TV.”