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Escaping The Stones: The Cast In Other Roles

I love this development! I was on a bus coming home from work, reading my twitter line, when I saw the announcement. I literally let out an involuntary "Oooooh!" But, fortunately our world is too weird for that reaction to draw any attention. I don't have a streaming account with Netflix, so I am not able to watch the show in real time, but I am very much looking forward to seeing his performance after the fact, on DVD.

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5 hours ago, Nidratime said:

I love this development! I was on a bus coming home from work, reading my twitter line, when I saw the announcement. I literally let out an involuntary "Oooooh!" But, fortunately our world is too weird for that reaction to draw any attention. I don't have a streaming account with Netflix, so I am not able to watch the show in real time, but I am very much looking forward to seeing his performance after the fact, on DVD.

I was in my office and I gasped out loud and said something like 'Yippee" out loud before I could get control of myself.  Also, I might have clapped a little.  Fortunately the door was closed so that little episode wasn't witnessed by any of my co-workers.

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I just tuned into Netflix for the first episode of Jessica Jones, Season 2 and who's name should I see in the opening credits but our own Anna Foerster (i.e., the director of four of the most important Outlander episodes:  The Wedding, Both Sides Now, Wentworth Prison and To Ransom a Man's Soul.)

Oooooh goody.  This should be interesting.

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Tobias Menzies is on a new AMC show by Ridley Scott about the Franklin Expedition called The Terror. It began airing on March 26.

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MTV Twitter sez "Everyone is a big fan of @SamHeughan, including Kate McKinnon and Mila Kunis.

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Trailer for The Spy Who Dumped Me with a nice amount of Sam:

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For those who were wanting to catch a few familiar Outlander faces in Shetland, Netflix has seasons 1-3 streaming now. I catch myself gawking over the scenery so much that I miss half of what they’re saying. 

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Here's a longer trailer for The Spy Who Dumped Me featuring a lot more Sam.  

And it's opening on my birthday!

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I started watching Midsomer Murders recently on Netflix and was pleasantly surprised with not only a young Sam Heughan at one point, but also a young Tobias in an earlier episode--with a young Orlando Bloom too boot. This show is a treasure trove of actors you've seen on other projects!

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15 hours ago, DittyDotDot said:

I started watching Midsomer Murders recently on Netflix and was pleasantly surprised with not only a young Sam Heughan at one point, but also a young Tobias in an earlier episode--with a young Orlando Bloom too boot.

Wait, what?  I watch that show devotedly on my local PBS station but I've never seen any of them in it.  I only started watching within the last couple of years so maybe they were all on in earlier seasons.  I guess now I'll have to go back and watch the older episodes on Netflix. (BTW thanks DittyDotDot for clueing me in that it is there -- I had no Idea.) 

ETA: I just went and started watching Season 1: Episode 1 of Midsomor Murders on Netflix and a character just announced that, "I shall have to go over tomorrow.  I still haven't told the bees. . . . You have to tell the bees when somebody dies.  Otherwise they just clear off."  Now THAT is some top notch synchronicity for an Outlander fan.  :)

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7 hours ago, WatchrTina said:

Wait, what?  I watch that show devotedly on my local PBS station but I've never seen any of them in it.  I only started watching within the last couple of years so maybe they were all on in earlier seasons.  I guess now I'll have to go back and watch the older episodes on Netflix.

Tobias was in, I think, a S3 episode and Sam was in a S10 episode. I recognized Tobias right off, but it took me a bit with Sam. The early seasons, especially, have a lot of familiar actors in them from many shows I've watched over the years. 

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13 hours ago, DittyDotDot said:

I recognized Tobias right off, but it took me a bit with Sam.

I was channel surfing last year or so and stopped on MM. Sam looked so familiar as well so I kept wondering and I had to IMDB it. He looked very pretty and blond in his appearance. Not a lot of range in the character, but good to catch him on an earlier role. 

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16 hours ago, WatchrTina said:

Wait, what?  I watch that show devotedly on my local PBS station but I've never seen any of them in it.  I only started watching within the last couple of years so maybe they were all on in earlier seasons.  I guess now I'll have to go back and watch the older episodes on Netflix. (BTW thanks DittyDotDot for clueing me in that it is there -- I had no Idea.) 

ETA: I just went and started watching Season 1: Episode 1 of Midsomor Murders on Netflix and a character just announced that, "I shall have to go over tomorrow.  I still haven't told the bees. . . . You have to tell the bees when somebody dies.  Otherwise they just clear off."  Now THAT is some top notch synchronicity for an Outlander fan.  :)

 

In a freakish coincidence, I watched that very episode just last night.  I grinned like an idiot.  

Unfortunately, I didn't love the show despite really wanting to.  

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I spent today binge-watching Midsomer Murders and I just hit the episode with Tobias and Orlando Bloom.  What a treat!  They were so YOUNG!  Based on IMDb it looks like this was Tobias' 3rd professional gig.  That just goes to show that he's been playing villains from the start (his and Orlando's characters break in to houses and steal things).  It is Orlando's 4th professional credit and the very next role he landed was Legolas in Lord of the Rings.  The rest, as they say, is history.

In the next bit of spooky synchronicity, the estate where one of the characters in the episode lives is named "Lothlorien" and the characters in the episode even comment on how it is named after a place in Lord of the Rings.  I do wonder if that bit was part of the original script or if they added it to the episode as a wink to the fact that one of the very young actors in the episode (who dies early in the story and doesn't even get a credit at the start) had just been cast in Peter Jackson's epic LotR.  If it wasn't a deliberate wink, it's a hell of a coincidence.

It does make me wonder how Tobias must have felt to watch his younger (by 3 years) colleague land such a major role in a major motion picture.  Tobias has had a long and impressive career including stints on HBO's Rome and Game of Thrones -- not to mention his taking over the role of Prince Phillip in the next two seasons of The Crown on Netflix -- but it is still interesting to note the different trajectories of his and Orlando's careers.

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Orlando's career is long since dead though.

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I did see “The Spy who Dumped Me”- it was very cute! A nice summer popcorn flick with my Mom. If you like buddy comedies I recommend it. Sam looked very handsome although I think he’s better looking with the red hair. 

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Well, I cheated and skipped ahead in my Midsomer Murders marathon to get to the episode that Sam is in.  It's an homage to Hamlet complete with a dead father, a mother who marries her late husband's brother, a brooding son (Sam), feigned madness, and murder.

The episode aired in 2007 so Sam was was 26 or 27 when it was filmed -- a bit older than Jamie is at the start of Outlander.  All I can say is thank goodness they decided to cast a 30-something Sam to play 20-something Jamie because 26-year-old Sam was WAY too pretty and fresh-faced to play Jamie.  Sheesh, he was so lean back then his cheekbones could cut glass.  And if I think he was too pretty to play Jamie at 22 there's no way he could have put on a wig with some grey in it 3 years later and, at age 29, convincingly play late-40-something Jamie in season 3 (much less 50-something Jamie in later seasons).  No, the Outlander role came along at just the right moment for Sam.

It was really interesting to watch Sam perform in that Midsomer Murders role.  There was one uncomfortable moment where I thought Sam's acting suddenly got really bad -- it was over-the-top in a cringe-inducing way.  Then the scene moved on and I realized that the character Sam was playing was the bad actor -- he was deliberately behaving in a weird, over-the-top manner to drive away the woman who loves him (a la Ophelia in Hamlet).  Whew!  I hated that moment of thinking poorly of Sam's acting choices.  

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My friends & I took our teenagers to the Spy Who Dumped Me last night! The 19 yr old girls think Sam is hotter as a blonde & without a kilt! The movie was fun! Lucky Mila - kissing Sam at work & Ashton at home! 

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Diana shared this (video tribute to Sam Heughan called "Forever Young") on Facebook but for those of you who don't Facebook (or don't follow Diana) I'm sharing it here.  I'm not sure this is the best place to post this but since most of the footage in this video highlights Sam in roles other than Jamie, I think this makes sense.  I have to say I chortled with glee throughout the whole thing.  It was particularly apt for me to see this today after having waxed poetic on young Sam above.

Hmmmmm.  I tried imbedding the video and it didn't work.  Let me try just showing the link to YouTube.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xr2J_FZbnig

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Midsummer Murders was the only thing I could find out of Sam’s work on Netflix, so watched that awhile ago, & then the new movie last weekend Have not seen anyone else in anything, perhaps because I live in Canada & they will have mostly appeared in British shows?

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Sam discusses The Spy Who Dumped Me aka 24 minutes of Sam talking (skip to the 11:00 mark to avoid all the pre-show nonsense):


He also briefly discusses S4 of Highlander. He says they just finished shooting in July.

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Just back from the movie. Hysterical!  Will it win Academy Awards? Nope. But lots of fun, lots of Sam!  And yes, definitely the next James Bond. Loved it.

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On 8/5/2018 at 10:53 AM, WatchrTina said:

Well, I cheated and skipped ahead in my Midsomer Murders marathon to get to the episode that Sam is in.  It's an homage to Hamlet complete with a dead father, a mother who marries her late husband's brother, a brooding son (Sam), feigned madness, and murder.

Yeah, I remember the whole episode being a modern day Hamlet, with a play within the play, to boot! They do quite a few homages on the show. It's not the most complex show, but I enjoy certain aspects of it.

In a sort of tangential aside: a couple episodes after Sam's episode--The Axeman Cometh--has James Cosmo who, in this episode, is a pretty good image of what I imagined older Jamie to look like when I read the books. 

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I don't know if a commercial qualifies as an "other role" but this is just too good not to share. (Love the music).

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