If you love Outlander, you probably know that this is one of the quietest stretches that we’re going to have from now until the premiere. Over the next few days, we don’t anticipate that there is going to be a lot in the way of major, breaking news.
Yet, we do think that will change somewhat later this weekend courtesy of the convention that is coming in Las Vegas, which Caitriona Balfe and others are currently planning to attend. Meanwhile, on the other side of that we’re expecting Sam Heughan’s inevitable campaign for his new movie The Spy Who Dumped Me to generate a few headlines. Heck, in some ways it already is, as we’re getting a good sense now as to what his next few months are going to look like.
Speaking in a new interview with Men’s Journal, Sam opens up a little about what he’s been asked to do physically to prepare for his role in Bloodshot, the comic-book adaptation with Vin Diesel filming this summer:
“They’ve asked me to put on as much muscle as possible … I want the character to be very different from Jamie. I’m thinking Dolph Lundgren.”
Sam also talks in this interview about the direction that he received preparing for The Spy Who Dumped Me as well, which shows more of his willingness to transform himself physically for any role:
“Sebastian is a spy, and the function of a spy is to fit in, not stand out … We wanted him to look more everyday, more like the people around him. There was also a great deal of fight training and stunt work, which is a lot about flexibility.”
Beyond Bloodshot, we’re curious to see what could come next for Sam. Filming for Outlander season 5 doesn’t start until the new year, and depending on the length of the Bloodshot shoot there could be opportunities for him to do some other work. It’s really just going to come down to what he would like to do if he wants some time for a break wedged between everything. The Men’s Journal interview is a great one in that it discusses not only how Sam adjusts for every role physically, but also how much his career has changed over the past few years — there is a sort of adjustment that comes with having more responsibilities. After all, Sam also does devote time to his My Peak Challenge initiative and other charity work. There is so much to be grateful for with the level of success that he has, but also so much in the way of responsibility.
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