June 1st has become the day to celebrate one of Scotland’s most important and beloved television shows.
This marks the day in 1991 when Diana Gabaldon first published her novel Outlander, which went on to become the hugely popular book series and Starz show we all know and love.
This World Foreigners Day, fans around the world are showing their love for the series that brought Sam Heughan’s rugged Highlander Jamie Fraser to our screens.
Celebrating the big day, the show posted on his Twitter Account: “Lord you’ve given me a rare fan base and God loved them. Happy #WorldOutlanderDay to the most amazing, creative, thoughtful and passionate fans ever.”
So in honor of Outlander’s birthday, we thought we’d share a few cool things you might not know about the show.
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The first reaction of author Diana Gabaldon to the casting of Sam Heughan in the role of Jaime? “This man is grotesque! But she quickly changed her mind when she saw her audition tape. “He was gone: it was just Jamie Fraser. He had done that particular scene perfectly. He had exactly the right mix of threat, sex, everything,” she said.
Light spoiler: An outdoor sex scene between Claire and Jamie had to be shot because it didn’t have enough nudity. They were filming by a river in Scotland in November, so the actors were frozen and fully dressed. But the producers decided to start over because it wasn’t deemed sexy enough, according to Catriona Balfe (Claire). The scene, which is in season four, was finally re-filmed when Scottish temperatures got a bit warmer, and both actors pulled their kits off.
Rumor has it that the release of the very first Outlander series was delayed due to the Scottish independence referendum in 2014. Although author Diana Gabaldon has denied it, emails leaked by Wikileaks show that British Prime Minister Cameron had met with Sony representatives weeks before to discuss it. the release date of the show. Lead actor Sam Heughan has expressed his support for Scottish independence.
Doune Castle, where the Castle Leoch scenes were filmed, is no stranger to television and cinema. The medieval fortress of Stirling starred in Monty Python and the Holy Grail – “Your mother smells of elderberries!” – and also as Winterfell in Game of Thrones.