Tom Ellis, more known from his devilish role in the supernatural drama ‘Lucifer’ just revealed that he once auditioned for a part in the period epic Outlander.
He sat down with Outlander hero Sam Heughan (that’s Jamie Fraser to you and me) for a catch up via Square Mile recently, where the two old friends waxed lyrical about the Scottish Highlands-based series.
“I’m going to let you into a little secret,” began Ellis, “I auditioned for Outlander, not for Jamie Fraser but for Tobias Menzies’s part, ‘Black Jack’ Randall. I remember reading the script thinking, ‘This is really good’.”
Responding, the Scotsman said: “I’m not sure how I’d have felt having you, I don’t know, assault me, shall we say…” in reference to the character’s torture and subsequent sexual abuse of Jamie.
“That would have been quite tricky,” continued Heughan.
“Actually, you would have been brilliant… because Frank Randall is this charming, loveable character and then Black Jack, the other part you would have had to play, is just violent.
“It’s a great part. Tobias, of course, does an amazing job but that would have been so different.”