Diana Gabaldon on the ‘Outlander’ Casting of Sam Heughan as Jamie Fraser
…And then, I sit down at my computer, in a lather of trepidation and excitement, to watch the audition tapes.
First five seconds, I’m interested — he looks totally different than he did in any of the stills — and five seconds later, Sam Heughan’s GONE, and so am I. It’s Jamie Fraser, right there in front of me, moving, talking. One of the biggest thrills ever.
And that’s what actors do. Good ones. They can “be” someone else, totally.
…And the bottom line is simply this: He showed up and he
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