I thought I’d give my Facebook followers a little fun by positing this simple question: Who wears the look best–Rob Roy in a kilt or Jamie Fraser in a kilt? The comparison was between the two pictures below–Rob (Liam Neeson) first, and Jamie (Sam Heughan) in the second picture.
Well, hoo whee, did that stir up the hens! Click HERE to read some of the comments.
Liam Neeson as Rob Roy MacGregor
Sam Heughan as Jamie Fraser
For those of you who have never heard of Jamie Fraser, some background is required. James Alexander Malcolm MacKenzie Fraser, a Highland warrior, is the lead character in Diana Gabaldon’s novel Outlander, an historical romance set in Scotland in 1745 and right after World War II–yes, there is time travel involved, with ancient standing stones (not a blue police booth) as the portal. Diana added several subsequent novels to the series, which is extremely well written and chock full of historical facts and allusions.
You can buy any or all of Diana’s novels (in all formats) on my Amazon list of her novels by clicking here. It will be a good investment of both your time and money because the premium cable channel Starz is premiering the first season of Outlander, the TV adaptation of the novels ( filmed on location in beautiful Scotland) at 9PM on August 9, 2014. Starz has been given approval for a second season of Outlander, as well.
Think Game of Thrones, with a Scottish setting, and you’ll be close to visualizing the upcoming series that has fans shivering with antici…pation. Sam Heughan, a Scottish actor, has been chosen to play the critical role of Jamie Fraser, earning him thousands of devoted–and I do mean DEVOTED–fans throughout the social media universe.
Fans Reaction to Sam Heughan Tweeting the Word “Sassenach”
To be fair, Sam Heughan does look a bit more scruffy in his photo, but Starz has been dribbling out official photos of Jamie/Sam, releasing only a few of him in a kilt. Here’s one that was tweeted by a Starz employee–a cut out of Jamie in a kilt, looking like he just finished a battle:
The fans are VERY clear , however, on what they want from Starz and Ron D. Moore, who’s adapting the series for TV (his wife is a die-hard Outlander fan):
Liam Neeson, from Northern Ireland, is a well-known actor, and is highly regarded for his portrayal of the famous Scottish figure, Rob Roy MacGregor. Liam also has a serious fan base and it’s easy (on the eyes) to see why:
Liam in the 1995 Film Rob Roy
But, clearly, there’s a new Scot in town, with dashing good looks, red hair and a kilt–in whatever shape– set on winning over more Sassenach wenches to the Fraser clan.
And in this instance, I’m thinking fans don’t want Jamie/Sam to take his time about it, aye?