Sadly Graham McTavish advised he got quarantined on his Twitter feed due to contact with someone who was positive for COVID, however claims he doesn’t have it himself. He’s still on production in Scotland, however is in for a 10 day quarantine. Here’s hoping he can dial in successfully.
Duncan Lacroix posted in flight pictures getting to the Con on his Instagram last night. Will Chicago survive this maniac?
Waiting on Sam arrival posts. The Wizard World website doesn’t have live feed streaming going on yet.
Waiting for a live panel feed or fan to upload panels. Will update this page when I find a good feed for you.
A fond farewell to the last Wizard World.
Where Duncan answers that question you always wanted to know, “What is is like Acting with a bugger?”
Great news, Sam Heughan has a chance at tag-team wrestling or a boxing match since both Graham McTavish and Duncan Lacroix were announced as guests at Wizard World Chicago!
Good news is as of this writing, there are still tickets! If you are in the Tri-State area, you are in for a treat. And really you should go see the Windy City, because once these three are done with the city, it will never be the same!
Graham McTavish shared a Tweet on his joining in the mayhem. He’s threatening to get “The Band” back together. Wondering what musical instruments they will slaughter, starting with Kazoos. Please no Clarinets, Graham. Graham has been stacking up the roles since he left Outlander in Season 2. Buy autographs and chose a vast array of stills for him to sign, Preacher, Lucifer, The Witcher, Castlevania and coming up, House of The Dragon.
Duncan Lacroix will be appearing Saturday and Sunday, and they even gave him a panel. Look out! Autographs and Photo Ops promise to be quite crazy, as Duncan is usually up for anything! There’s rumor going around that there will be a boxing match or mud wrestling. And the Whiskey better come by casket.
Wizard World Chicago Oct 15th-17th at the Donald R Stephens Convention Center, 5555 N River Rd, Rosemont, IL 60018
Tickets for admission are separate, and the photo ops are going fast. There are waitlists already. So check out the tix here:
We continue our journey celebrating 8 years casting anniversary for Caitriona Balfe, remembering Claire’s development in Season 2 of Outlander.
After our second Droughtlander, yes I count the Droughtlander between Season 101 and 102 as a Droughtlander, we meet Claire Beauchamp Randall Fraser in her know-it-all time traveller phase, where she boldly believes she can change the course of history. SEason 2 is based on Diana Gabaldon’s book, Dragonfly in Amber.Not thinking of the consequences to any around her, Claire steps in it the minute she is off ship in L’Havre harbor, France, she obsesses about preventing the Jacobites demise at the Battle of Culloden. The mistakes of the young hold true as Claire endeavors to explore the darker side of love and betrayal.
Roaming the backroads near Inverness, Claire stumbled back though the stones into her own time in the 20th Century. She is forced to reconcile with Frank and Frank agrees to help her to raise the child she is carrying as their child. There must be no more talk of Jamie Fraser. We see a grieving, angry side of Claire.
Back in the past, Claire wraps up Jamie with her new found cause of stopping the Jacobite rebellion and the demise of over 2000 clansmen. This means embedding themselves with the Jacobite cause in Paris, alienating Murtagh (Duncan Lacroix) by dragging him into their dangerous game of intrigue, and keeping him in the dark about the reason behind it all.
Making a new and dangerous enemy, the Compte St. Germain (Stanley Weber), by diagnosing the sick men taken off of the Compte’s merchant ship as having plague. The ship must be burned and the Comte threatens revenge on Claire.
Claire and Jamie set up as wine merchants while Jamie’s cousin Jared sails to the Indies, but not before he set’s Jamie up to meet Prince Charles Stuart (Andrew Gower), the man they must stop from leading the Clansmen into a dangerous war they cannot win. Having the wine house, means they can invite political and court members to dinner. A great way to find news of rebellion. Claire begins a campaign embroiling herself, Jamie and Murtagh further into deceits.
Claire meets Maitre Raymond (Dominique Pinon), a small, quick-witted Parisian, at his apothecary and trades medical knowledge with him, and learns that he too is considered a rival of the Compte.
After securing an invite to Versailles and wearing That Red Dress and Shoes, Claire, Jamie and Murtagh bump into the ever annoying Duke of Sandringham (Simon Callow) and Claire learns that Captain Black Jack Randall (Tobias Menzies) is not dead.
Claire plots with Murtagh to not tell Jamie of BJR being above ground, as Jamie is still reeling with the dark trauma of their last meeting. Jamie takes on political machinations that further his dark side. Claire loses Jamie further as he seeks retribution.
Claire starts using her healing skills, volunteering at L’Hopital des Anges. Claire also earns and uses the moniker of Madame Blanche, a white witch. Claire gains an adopted son, Claudel, who is renamed Fergus. She befriends Mary Hawkins (Rosie Day), whom she later remembers is the woman who will mary BJR and starts the lineage that becomes Frank Randall. She then begins another conflict with Jamie. If BJR doesn’t marry Mary, there is no Frank. Finally, Claire is beginning to see how altering history makes for a very tangled web.
Claire finally reveals to Jamie that BJR is alive, and Jamie comes out of his dark place, a new mission to extinguish the Captain. When they meet at Versailles, the 18th Century’s most awkward moment is endured.
Claire falls out with Jamie over a plot to stop a wine deal that the Prince is hoping to raise funds for rebellion, beginning to drive a wedge between the two. Claire loses her baby after Jamie enters into a duel.
After Claire fights for her life, she must fight for Jamie’s again, as his dueling angers the king. He is thrown into prison, again. She makes a great sacrifice to bargain for his freedom. After reconciliation the pair tempt fate and return to Scotland. They return to Lallybroch and family.
Back in Scotland Claire returns to Lallybroch, meets Jamie’s terrible uncle Lord Lovet, and Colum MacKenzie brings her Nemesis, Laoghaire, in tow. After much wrangling with the Old Fox, they gain more men to fight and return to Lallybroch.
Claire goes on the road with Jamie and Murtagh as the Jacobites win some early battles, including Prestonpans, were the Highlanders start losing dear friends. As Claire and Jamie fight on, they try to thwart Charles Stewart’s determination to regain the Scottish throne. Claire does battle herself with PTSD from her WWII experiences.
Claire is reunited with Mary Hawkins who is very cold indeed. Claire had selfishly tried to part Mary and her young lover, Captain Randall’s brother Alexander. Claire makes amends by tending Alex who is dying, thus meeting BJR again. Claire makes a deal with the devil, with Murtagh by her side.
Claire is sadly reunited with Mary Hawkins at Lord Sandringham’s where she is held captive. She finally pieces together that he is responsible for having her and Mary attacked in Paris, where Mary was brutally raped and Murtagh feels responsible as he did not protect them. Murtagh takes a hand.
In a flash forward to 1968, Claire travels to the UK with Brianna (Sophie Skelton), her daughter by Jamie Fraser, who has no idea about who her real father is. After years of estrangement within the bargained marriage with Frank, Claire begins to open up about thinking freely about Jamie, yet will be estranged from her daughter. Claire meets young Roger Wakefield (Richard Rankin) again as they attend the Reverend Wakefield’s wake in Scotland. This begins a long journey for Claire and Brianna as Claire slowly reveals that Frank was not Brianna’s true father. Thus begins a mother/daughter battle of the incredulous concept of time travel.
We return to the past and Claire and Jamie kill Dougal MacKenzie (Graham McTavish) before the battle of Culloden, as he blames her for Colum’s death. Claire is thrust towards Crag Na Dun again by Jamie on the morning of the Battle of Culloden, where she enters the stone and leaves Jamie behind.
Claire learns that no matter how right she thinks she is, she cannot change history without dire consequences. She is a hypocrite in her desire to stop Culloden, yet cannot see BJR killed before he sires a son, or there will be no Frank. Diving a wedge of trust between herself and Jamie. And it all appears to be for nothing as finally loses Jamie in the end as he forces her back to her own time.
Let us know your thoughts as you watch Season 2 for the hundredth time. Join us as we slowly get through all the seasons again before the 2022 release of Season 6.
While many of us die-hard Murtagh fans were dreading, but not surprised at the fate of our beloved underdog in Season 5, many have been speculating that the other-worldly time travelling show may have a Murtagh moment pop up or two in coming seasons. Ghosts of Outlander? We were, after all, treated to Jamie’s ghost in episode 1 of the series, and Diana Gabaldon has hinted we may revisit his character in memory as Jamie shapes up for battle again. She has also said she will be including him in one of her bump-out novels, a prequel to Outlander.
What scenarios have you played out for the Murky One of Deep Waters? Envisioning him coming to Jamie before the various battles of the American Revolutionary War was indeed in the books, however with the Outlander writer’s room modding books to meet the demands of onscreen and now post Covid, will there be room? They do like to dangle the what ifs on us, so we are keeping our fingers crossed.
Recently Duncan posted himself in longish hair again, and we all know that he loves to clip off his hippie look. He was posting from the HIghlands during the last of the filming last month. Of course hanging with McTavish again…wait a minute. Hmmmm. They have been keeping all locations under tighter wraps and with Covid and drawing large crowds, it’s no wonder.
What say you? Bring him back as a ghost in the mists before one of the battles leading up to the Revolution? Dreams of Jamie when he is troubled about losing Claire? (Warning, there are some spoilers with the new season it’s hard to not talk about.) What do you think?
And if you can’t wait for that cameo, you can get a personalized greeting on CAMEO from Lacroix.
Here’s a good read with a few ideas from The Dip
Always a bonus in our eyes, Duncan Lacroix is joining as a bonus guest at Outlander Vancouver’s Seattle Adventure October 22-24, 2021. It was revealed earlier this week that Duncan will join, however his autographs are not included in the ticket pricing for the event. You will need to add on for his autographs.
Duncan joins César Domboy, Lauren Lyle, Tim Downie, and Sophie Skelton at the DoubleTree by Hilton Seattle Airport. Please check out their Facebook Page for details
Note: There will be in person and virtual parties. Keep an eye on the Shopify page for details on virtual parties.
Outlandish Vancouver’s Seattle Adventure is October 22-24, 2021. Bronze Ticket Packages are available. The Party in the Mega Suite tickets go on live on Saturday, July 17th @ 9am Pacific and are very limited. All details are in the Outlandish Vancouver Facebook group! Note, this group is private so you will have to join.
Kyle Rees is joining Tim Downie (July 24) as a virtual guest at Ozlander Con on Saturday 10th July 2021 at Australian Eastern Time 6:00 to 6:30 pm. Very limited ticketing available. Please check out their ticket information here: https://www.ozlanderfan.com/ticketinfo
Last and never in the least bit afraid to say so, is fan favorite Tim Downie, who seems to be making the Outlander Con circuit for this post Covid con season. He will be at both Outlandish Vancouver (Seattle) and Sasnak City (Kansas City). Hopefully you will get to have one of his readings of great children’s stories just like he shared with us during Covid lockdown on Instagram.
Of course not to be missed, Tim Downie has just interviewed on Craig Parkinson’s (Misfits, Line of Duty, Endeavor, A Great Night Out) podcast The Two Shot Podcast, which you can watch here. Actors on acting and no fluff. Please consider a donation here: https://linktr.ee/twoshotpod
Duncan posted this post-apocalyptic looking pic on his Instagram account today. He’s back in the saddle as he says.
From O’Sullivan The Actor’s Agent:
Duncan is cast to play ‘Father’ in Ben Goodger’s highly-anticipated directorial debut “YEAR 10” which will film in Somerset from January 24th to February 5th inc. Chris Goodger (Absolutely Fabulous) is the cinematographer.
Here’s a bit on his Vimeo Reel to cheer you all up, starting with Season One:
Duncan gives you a little insight to his mysterious ways, and business ownership rules.
This lad is just way too happy all of the time!
That Duncan Lacroix! On October 3, 2020 I joined a chat via Sasnak City’s magical portal, and preceded to ask the most difficult questions and embarrass myself silly. But really, we did have a wonderful conversation with our man that plays Murtagh, and we were gifted with a bit of insight to the mysterious Duncan Lacroix.
The following is a summary of the subjects that were covered.
Duncan was asked a question about how accomplished he was with riding before the Outlander series began. He explained that most actors put on their CV that they have ridden horses, but none of that is true. Unless you are really working on a productin with some heavy riding, you don’t get the experience. He had had some riding, or rather being placed on a horse sitting, brief scenes like in Vikings (Season 2). However he was very fortunate in being cast early for Outlander, he was part of the cast in bootcamp horse training. He got more training as they were doing the long riding treks like in the episode The Rent. He also watched some YouTube videos on communicating with horses and found that he wanted to take the time with the horse to get to know the animal, he would go and groom and handle the horse building up a relationship.
In contrast, when he was on the production The Outlaw King, the horse he was given was very green. Apparently at the time of production, Game of Thrones was in its last season and had hired all the horses trained to work in production. The horses they had hired for Outlaw King were from horse rescue and the one he was given had never been ridden. That was quite an experience. He then went on about how the horses all have their personality days. Oh yes, there was biting?
Message For Youth
Duncan was asked if he had any advice for youth. After thinking for a bit, advised they get away from the social media. Being a group of teachers, we agreed!
On the subject of his current educational endeavors, Duncan discussed his Philosophy studies and going back to university to pursue another degree. He expressed some frustration at university being mostly online, even before COVID issues, and missed the face to face classes we have all experienced. We all agreed and discussed how education had changed. Philosophy was discussed, how could it help acting, or just understanding phycology and people in general.
Duncan was not able to travel for most of his life, stage acting in Ireland times were lean. He told us how fantastic it had been to have a month in New Zealand to himself, exploring. When COVID clears, he wants to travel to the Mongolian desert and travel using a 4×4 for about a month. It’s Murtagh Mobile Mach II.
Makeup and Costume
I asked a question about makeup and costume stories he may have, and he was very gracious and supportive of the crew and how hard they work to make him and the other actors look good. They were there long hours. I asked about complexity and he talked about season 1 and the way they had Murtagh first looking, with the easiest of course being the muddied up and road dirt, to a slight prosthesis for pock marked cheeks and ruddiness. They dropped this in subsequent seasons, and of course the most recent change where he was aged to silver fox mode. He mentioned some of the gluing of beard parts, and the wig.
I asked a question about the pictures that surfaced of him having a nap between filming shoots for season 1. Was it really a difficult shoot first season and tiring, do you rest in between? He mentioned that well, there were some long shoots for the blocks around the episodes The Rent, and also when they were filming the “Finding Jamie” episode, there was a lot of riding and being out of doors for long hours. Besides, if it was beautiful out, wouldn’t you rest in a field?
Of course the most important was “Will we see you in anything soon?” Duncan explained that along with many other actors and productions being shut down due to COVID, there was nothing on at the moment. He had been in Los Angeles when the restrictions went in, meeting with a manager that he liked. The idea had been to get him trying for Broadway plays. He discussed how he really missed doing theatre, he had not been on stage since before Outlander started filming and really wanted to get back at it. It seems that even though doing another series would be great, his true passion is the stage and it would be a dream to get on Broadway. He’ll have to try again once productions get underway.
Thank you Duncan for putting up with the teachers and letting us catch a glimpse of your new directions in acting and life. It was a wonderful way to forget the world for a time and get some great insight to our favorite series and the man who played our favorite Godfather.
I’m still putting together my information from my Sasnak City October 3rd chat group with Duncan Lacroix, and will tell you all about that later, but I wanted to get this out there for you.
YOU HAVE UNTIL OCTOBER 23rd TO ENTER A RAFFLE for a 20 minute chat with some of your favorite OUTLANDER actors. And at $10.00 a ticket, it’s a great price for a great cause! HURRY, GET THAT TICKET! OR should I say TICKETS? O
ONE ON ONE Fun!
Cast members from Outlander have donated their time to be raffled off for a Camp Encourage benefit. Find out about the great opportunities this camp provides for youth with Autism Spectrum Disorder to learn many skills and gain the camp experience. It’s all about empowerment.
The following current and past cast members have donated time for the raffle:
Graham McTavish, Caitlin O’Ryan, Duncan Lacroix, Grant O’ Rourke, Nell Hudson, Colin McFarlane, Annette Badland, Kyle Reese, Lauren Lyle, Paul Gorman, Gary Lewis, Steven Cree, Tim Downie, Richard Rankin (2 chats).
Oh, that Richard Rankin, he’s upping the anti. Challenging the other actors to donate more!
And Maria Doyle Kennedy is making you a one-of-a kind pillow.
To bid on these great prizes and keep an eye out for more:
I just entered for TIM DOWNIE! I am so going to tell him how much I enjoyed his storytelling from his Instagram and all the other fun things he’s done to cheer us up. I also have several episode ideas for his wee series. Just kidding, it’ll all be about the cakes.