PUBLISHED: 10:26, Thu, Oct 8, 2020 | UPDATED: 10:32, Thu, Oct 8, 2020
Actor Sam Heughan has become synonymous with Scottish hero Jamie Fraser in Outlander. From his very first scene, Jacobite Highlander Jamie was often landing himself into dangerous and ofttimes violent situations involving the Redcoats. This hasn’t changed over the seasons with Jamie constantly thrown in harm’s way time and again albeit with new foes.
But how much does actor Heughan do his own stunts and how much of what viewers see is a stunt performer?
Express.co.uk spoke exclusively to Mark Slaughter, who has stood in for the actor on a number of occasions, about working on the Starz series.
Slaughter worked on Outlander from the start back in 2013 when the little-known Starz series, based on the works of American author Diana Gabaldon, was being shot.
He was brought on board by the show’s stunt co-ordinator Dominic Preece with whom he’d worked with before.
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Outlander: Sam Heughan does most of his stunts in the series (Image: STARZ)
Outlander: Sam Heughan and the rest of the cast (Image: STARZ)
Slaughter explained: “He just got me in to double for Sam for a small fight scene and that was it.
“[Preece] kept calling me throughout the rest of the seasons. Whenever Sam needed someone I would come in and do a little bit there.”
Slaughter added: “But he does a lot of his own stunts.”
He would have to prepare for the fight sequences by trying to make sure he physically matched Heughan as closely as possible.
Outlander: Jamie Fraser is always put in danger (Image: STARZ)
They would also go over the scripts and break down the fights, looking at what was required for the scene.
Slaughter and Heughan would also