Saturday, December 4, 2010

ANGUS MACFADYEN in Outlander?!

Y'all need to SIT THE EFF DOWN because I have to tell you something VERRA cool, Sassenachs.

OK so I told you I'm working with Village Entertainment on the blog for the SUGAR film which starts shooting TODAY - in about a half hour, to be exact.

I just got an email that ANGUS MACFADYEN - aka ROBERT THE BRUCE from BRAVEHEART -  recently signed on for a role. Angus MacFadyen - from Glasgow, to be exact. The man ROCKED in Braveheart. Can you imagine how great he'd be in Outlander?!?

I'm thinking MURTAGH, y'all. Originally I'd have said Angus is too attractive to play Murtagh. But once The Exile came out, and we got a look at Murtagh... Well... do y'all remember my reaction? "Murtagh...you're pretty smokin'!"

So here is my question:

Who do YOU see Angus MacFadyen playing in Outlander??

44 comments:

Unknown said...

Not having seen Braveheart, and just looking at that gorgeous face, yep I have to agree with you. Murtagh. Jamie's most loyal protector. Uh huh....

Belinda said...

Sounds good to me. He's smokin' in any role.

Anonymous said...

Excellent actor, but, no....not Murtagh. Too soft. I wonder if he'd've been suggested were he not Scots?

AJenn said...

He reminds me of my own version (in my head I guess) of Brian, Jamie's father.

Flashback scene perhaps?

I could see him as Dougal. Charming.

Anne-Marie P. said...

I agree with AJenn..I could definitely see him as Dougal..or Colum maybe..Nah, he's not a Colum type exactly.
:-)

Anonymous said...

My husband thinks Colum or Murtagh!

Patti said...

I think he would make a very good Colum or Murtagh, but I'm leaning towards Colum more so. Thanks for keeping us in the loop!

Anonymous said...

I forgot his name (fanFAIL I know, but the book is on the top shelf and I don't feel like dragging my chair over there to look it up), but the guy who gave Ellen Fraser the pearls as a wedding present.... the one whose house they were at after the Wentworth rescuing.Didn't he wear bear furs or something? Angus could even re-wear his Braveheart fur epaulet coat thing.

mymacintyre said...

I think you are thinking of McRannoch? I don't know how tall Mac Fadyen is but Dougal was pretty tall, Murtagh looked like a little weasle and Colum had stunted legs that made him only go up to Claire's shoulder. I agree he has to be someone but who? Have to give it some thought.

mymacintyre said...

What about Duncan Innes.

Anonymous said...

I too thought of Jamie's father, Brian but he doesn't have the "Fraser eyes"...I agree he is too soft to play Dougal or even Murtagh...again Jamie's dad. His character always reminded me of a man that "spoke softly but carried a big stick".

mymacintyre said...

Yes, "spoke softly but carried a big stick". That sounds like Duncan Innes to me!

Purgatory Carol said...

LOVING all this discussion. Keep going! (Where is TRACEY?!) DUNCAN - VERRA interesting indeed!! All of these suggestions are tremendous. INCLUDING the cattle-owning, pearls-giving dude who wore the "Braveheart fur epaulet coat thing" just like Robert the Bruce in Braverheart. LOL Talksupe! Ya make me tinkle!

Tracey R. said...

Tracey is following the discussion but because she has STILL never seen Braveheart, does not have much to add.

Except to say that I think this guy is too tall to be Murtaugh. He's supposed to be shorter than Claire, right? I'm still sticking by Michael J. Fox!!

Or actually, I wonder if George Stephanapolis can act? Every time they do a wide shot on Good Morning America, I am struck again by how itty bitty he is. Good lord, next to Robin Roberts he is WEE.

bretam said...

Has he ever played a bad guy before??? I wonder if they would cast him as Frank/Black Jack! I kind of hope not but he's such a talented actor....oh well, I'm just glad to hear he is going to be in the movie. We may hear that a lot of actors that were in Braveheart will be cast. I see many of them in other great movies that require beautiful scots or Irish accents.

Erin said...

Tracey has never seen Braveheart?? Shocking!! We shall have to remedy that ;-)

Totally seeing him as McRannoch(must be the fur rug thing I keep picturing him wearing!)

L said...

How 'bout Tom Christie? Right coloring and I can see him going ga-ga over Claire.

writex3 said...

Tom Christie, certainly.

Louise said...

You have to think on that he's now in his late 40's and a little on the grey side.

He's too old to play Frank/BJR, not hunky enough to play Dougal and too pretty to play Murtagh or Colum but I'd settle for McRannoch if he grew his beard a bit.

I don't remember if McRannoch had a beard in the book but he did in my head!

Rachel Taylor Smith said...

I took one look at him and I saw Dougal Mackenzie. I like him as Dougal... A LOT!!!!!

stephanie said...

I think he'd be great as Murtagh - not too soft at all. Movie magic could roughen him up a bit. And BTW...your Richard Armitage as Frank/BlackJack suggestion is the best yet.
The more I think about an Outlander movie, the more I hope it never happens. I just don't see how it's possible to make it good enough.

And...why in the name of all things Scottish has Tracey never seen Braveheart???? There's a good stocking stuffer idea - a Braveheart video for Tracey.

Lis @ ATruckerWife said...

I can totally see him as Murtagh! And gosh, I haven't seen braveheart in ages, maybe I should watch it again soon

Anonymous said...

You can't look at one photo from one particular movie and decide he's too this or not enough that. Remember, Hollywood magic? With the right hair, make up and costume anyone can look the part. Murtough sounds right to me. They can scraggle him up, and we're in business!

Have you heard anything about who might play Claire?

Anonymous said...

Seasoned Scots actor Dougray Scott would make a better Murtagh and is far more rugged with a native Scots accent as demonstrated in his villainous role in "Mission Impossible II" (2000). Remember him also as the Prince in "Ever After" (1998) and as the good vampire in "Perfect Creature" (2006)? He just wrapped "My Week with Marilyn," playing the role of Arthur Miller.

Tracey R. said...

Oh Anonymous. You obviously know how to get Carol excited--hence, the uttering of the words "Dougray Scott." The only better thing you could have done was to yell "John Taylor." LOL.

Purgatory Carol said...

LORDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDD must I jump in here! (pronounced "heAH!")

Dougray Scott is the most beautiful man on the planet. No seriously. If you haven't seen his acting, you won't really agree with that statement. Don't bother googling stills or even watching youtube; you really have to see a good chunk of his body of work to understand what I'm talking about. Twin Town is a must...and then make sure to watch Ripley's Game...Ever After...This Year's Love...The Truth About Love...Enigma... Mission Impossible 2... these are all films I've loved him in. Though I have been very bad and haven't been keeping up; I have much to catch up on. I did NOT like him in Dark Water at all - most likely because a) I hated the film and b) He attempted an American accent and it didn't go over too well. And - like Gerard Butler - it should be illegal for him to ever use anything but his god-given gorgeous SCOTS accent. He has a very thick accent and if you love the Scots, it'll be music to your ears.

NOW - let me say - I don't want Dougray Scott for Murtagh; I want him for Dougal, always have. He can be rough and tumble.. and sexy at the same time. He's VERRA commanding (see MI2 for proof of that) and I see him in more of an authoritative role in Outlander.

OK I'm going to shut up now. THe only other thing I'll say is that Dougray Scott (even his NAME is incredible - and Dougray is his grandmother's last name; his real name is Stephen) is that he's married to Claire Forlani and I am thrilled that his life seems to be going so well. She is stunning and seems to be a very sweet woman, which is what I wish for Dougray Scott. Honestly - I just can't say enough about the man. See his films.

Purgatory Carol said...

Here is my original post about Dougray Scott being in Outlander:

http://www.myoutlanderpurgatory.com/2010/01/dougray-scott-is-outlander-must.html

Anonymous said...

Well, Carol is on point about Dougray Scott as a potential Dougal, but he might be better as another character. Remember him as Ian Hainsworth on Season 2006-7 of TV's "Desperate Housewives"? He additionally recently wrapped "A Thousand Kisses Deep," which includes a time travel romance review.

Seems that several of us are using the "Anonymous" ID now.

Purgatory Carol said...

YES! I wasn't truly sold on him on Housewives... but mostly because he was playing an uppity Englishman and that just won't do where Dougray Scott is concerned. I didn't understand why they made him do that dialect. It was so... uppity!

Anonymous said...

I liked his English accent in DH, which actually was quite moderate compared to that of an Englishman.

Everyone reading this should check out a site which seems most like a GOOD fansite: http://scottishactors.blogspot.com/

This should inspire casting thoughts.

bretam said...

Dougray Scott, Angus Macfadyen, and Richard Armitage....WOW, that makes me VERRA excited to know who will "the powers that be" get to play some of these characters!!! Another person I just LOVE is Rupert Penry-Jones!!! I know he's English but I wish he could play something in the movie. Theres soooo many beautiful men out there to choose from ay lasses!!!!!! ;)

Anonymous said...

Soo.. I watched The Duchess (w/ Keira Knightly) last night . Of course since it's set in the late 1770's I thought of Outlander. Have you mentioned casting Dominic Cooper (http://www.zap2it.com/media/photo/2008-09/42321223.jpg) in any role...as one of the pretties? Fergus, Roger, heck... Ian? For no other reason than he ROCKS the breeches!!!http://www.hotflick.net/flicks/2008_The_Duchess/008DCH_Keira_Knightley_031.jpg(mildly NSFW for (unwashed) male lack of shirtness)

Anonymous said...

oops, bad link:
http://www.hotflick.net/flicks/2008_The_Duchess/008DCH_Keira_Knightley_031.jpg

again, mildly NSFW. But if you've seen the film, you'll remember. ;)

Also, thank you. I have spent the last hours of my work day (ogling)appreciating Dougray Scot.

Anonymous said...

Och Aye, sorry folks. That link was bad too.
Here it is:
http://twitpic.com/3dm9wy/full

Now totally overhyped and under delivered.

Anonymous said...

Dominic Cooper ain't that hot, ain't got the height, ain't got the bod, and his head is large and wide. Did you catch him in "The History Boys," "Mama Mia," and "An Education"?

Please.....check him out beside Eddie Redmayne (Eddie's only 5'11" and he's taller than Cooper.) recently in London. See: http://eddie-redmayne.net/

Anonymous said...

Cooper is only 5'9 1/2" tall.

Anonymous said...

I really think we need a whole new blog to discuss who we'd like to play which characters! (Any volunteers?)

Once of the problems is that people are trying to force their favourite actors into roles rather than looking at the characters and then finding someone to play them. It's a bit of an odd way to do it really!

Actors such as Ewan McGregor, David Tennant and James MacAvoy have been mentioned quite a bit but I'm pretty sure that it's simply because they are Scottish not because they are anything remotely like any of the characters.

mymacintyre said...

Anonymous, I agree that people are trying to put their favorite actors in roles that are not suited for them. For example Murtagh..he is described as no beauty, wiry, sparely built, pockmarked skin, low brow, narrow jaw, weasley and some inches shorter to Claire..now does this describe Angus Mcfayden? NO! You need to read the descriptions of the characters. Dougal was very tall and imposing (and good looking) A 5'll actor won't do. Jamie also, good grief he's a 6'4 giant of a man and I've hear James McAvoy suggested for him. MacAvoy is what 5'6? I agree that Scottish actors would be a plus for the movie but they_have_to fit the role.

Tracey R. said...

Sanderson11: All true...but Carol's point is well taken in that with The Exile, Murtaugh's appearance stock rose about 200%. Half the time, I needed the kilt color to distinguish between him and Dougal, for crying out loud!

I think that with a movie, you'll see a Murtaugh who's probably somewhere in appearance between the book version and the GN version. More likely, you'll see an unknown, b/c at the end of the day, I don't think Murtaugh is going to be considered a main role in an Outlander movie, in the same way that Jamie/Claire/Frank/BJR/Dougal/Colum/Jenny/Ian/Geillis will be.

T from Oz said...

I always picture Murtaugh as more like Robert Carlyle - who is 5 8 and has that wiry build... he is getting a bit older now too and that fits given he is Jamie's godfather...

mymacintyre said...

OMG just saw a video with Ryan McPartlin! He could be Jamie, 6'3 and hottttt!

Anonymous said...

Although McPartlin is GORGEOUS, he's too old now at 35. His face doesn't look early 20s.

Sirena said...

SO many great actor suggestions. People get verra heated about their fave actors (myself included lol)! I LOVE Angus MacFayden and I have to agree w/Carol, Dougray Scott - sigh. I love him with Claire Forlani too - what a gorgeous couple.
You know, if they cast especially teeny people (5'4ish and so on) to play all the other actors, they could totally choose a regular sized guy 5'9 or so to play Jamie! He would still tower over everyone and it wouldn't look weird at all!

mymacintyre said...

Yea, I guess they could look up the munchkins to play all the other actors.