As COHP of the Church of Heughanology lifestyle, it behooves me to campaign for an Emmy for Sam Heughan, the actor who plays Jamie Fraser in Outlander. I am motivated to do so by the media who seems to think his role is so easy that he doesn’t deserve the Emmy like Cait or Tobias. I beg to differ.
First, Cait is Claire. Its easier to play yourself in a role. No insult to her. She does deserve an Emmy (for her stamina alone!) Plus she’s had to hold her own against all those men!
Here is my take on Claire. She is a spirited, beautiful, sexually assertive woman who is brave yet vulnerable. She is a survivor who does so with wit, charm and lots of whisky. Is this not a description of Cait?
Then Tobias is playing a character who is so patently evil, there is no other way to play him. The occasional lip twitch and rat tooth look, notwithstanding, Tobias has no option but to play the villain. The words he speaks make him sound evil (even if said with no emotion). “I live in darkness and darkness is where I belong.” It is the villain, no mistake! He deserves the Emmy just for all the hatred he must endure from fans and store cashiers!
So here are my reasons for nominating Sam for an Emmy.
1. Sam has completely transformed himself for this role. Before he got this role, he was a shy, sci-fi nerdy, stage actor, who looked a little too wimpy in some IMBD pictures for me. Even Herself (Diana Gabaldon) thought he was “grotesque and was a poor pick for Jamie.”
Here he is playing Jamie Fraser (it’s miraculous!):
Even Diana changed her tune.
Now that’s a transformation! (It certainly isn’t because of his costume.) If they had an Emmy for best butt, he’d be a shoe-in. Great Acting. #EmmyForHeughan
2. Then he had to learn to speak with a strong Scottish accent and the Gaelic! He was so good, I had to turn on the closed captions so I could understand what he said at first! It was kind of like listening to Robin Williams describing the invention of golf.
Like Jamie in the book, the more angry he got, the thicker his accent became. Take a look at the argument between Jamie and Claire in The Reckoning. Either Cait had used all his hair products or that is acting, people, great acting. #EmmyForHeughan
3. Sam had to learn to ride a horse in a kilt and pretend he really liked it. He talked about feeling liberated while riding a horse commando, even at a gallop. Great acting. #EmmyForHeughan
4. Sam had to act romantic and sexy, while portraying a 22 year old virgin. Sam was 34 years old and by no means a virgin when he took on this role. Even though some of his IMBD pictures made him look wimpy, he was still hunky enough to play Batman! I’m sure the ladies loved that look all over the world! So it was a formidable acting challenge to play young Jamie the virgin. He used eye sex, hand sex, and knee porn before he got laid three times by Claire on the honeymoon . Here are some techniques he used to appear virginal.
All of this from a man who probably has to fight off women at the car wash and probably lost a few times on purpose…a man whose Little black book has its own library. Now that’s acting…real acting. #EmmyForHeughan
5. Sam had to learn how to be a warrior. Sam is no slouch when it comes to munro-bagging, running marathons, tagging sharks, and Peaking. Being a warrior calls for different skills, like wielding a sword, dagger, or gun (sometimes he practiced on Claire) and lots of yelling. This is great acting. #EmmyForHeughan
6. Finally, his portrayal of pain. It is not easy to act like you’re in pain, when you’re not. Jamie played by Sam is in a lot of pain a lot of the time. This is great acting. I can’t make jokes about this. It is too raw.
Suffice it to say, there is no Outlander without Jamie and there is no better Jamie anywhere than Sam Heughan. Its not easy to bring a book boyfriend for over 25 million, to life. Sam has done so with grace, charm and great acting.