Why ‘Outlander’ Author Diana Gabaldon Once Accused Sam Heughan and Caitriona Balfe of Having ‘No White-Hot Passion’

Outlander author Diana Gabaldon has been involved in the Starz adaptation of her travel drama from the beginning. But the version she makes on TV screens is not always true to her books. During the show’s first five seasons, Gabaldon has once again praised the actors who brought to life her characters Jamie and Claire Fraser – Sam Heughan and Caitriona Balfe. Fans will be surprised that she accused the on-screen lovers of not having a “hot white passion.”

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‘Outlander’ stars Caitriona Balfe and Sam Heughan Photos by Alberto E. Rodriguez / Getty

The author ‘Lastlander’ made a last minute change to her book series

As fans know, Outlander it is a time travel story set in the 18th century Highlands of Scotland. Launched in 1991, the series has been hugely successful in recent years thanks to the TV show.

During an interview with Express, Gabaldon revealed that she made a big last – minute change to the book before it was released. The author said that while they were preparing to publish the book, they were still talking about titles.

“I had the job title Cross Stitch, you know it was first published under that title in Britain, ”explained Gabaldon. “But that was just my job title and not a very good title either.”

Before the book hit the United States, Gabaldon Publishers asked her to think of something more interesting than Cross Stitch because it “looks like an embroidery. “After tossing ideas back and forth for six or seven months, Gabaldon finally said” Outlander. “

The author states that the meaning of the word refers to the “stranger” in her story, Claire Fraser. Gabaldon explained that it is about “what she is and who she is. ”

Diana Gabaldon was skeptical about throwing Sam Heughan as Jamie Fraser

Gabaldon did not sit into the auditions when throwing the Starz series based on her novels. But she was in regular contact with action producer Maril Davis and presenter Ronald D. Moore.

Davis and Moore threw Heughan first, just four days in the process. But when they broke the news to Gabaldon, she had her doubts. according to Express, Gabaldon Heughan discovered “grotesque” based on pictures from his early work where he usually played “weird parts”. ”

Author Tim Downie and David Berry shared their share Outcasts podcast that she found a handful of pictures of Heughan on Google. But none of them convinced her that Heughan could be like Jamie Fraser. But when she last saw the lab video, she quickly changed her mind.

“Maril and I were clutching our coffins as we looked at Sam’s lab and thought, ‘Oh my God, this is it,'” Gabaldon revealed.

She described it as “not at all like his paintings.” The author said in just a few seconds, that it was like “Jamie Fraser was there.”

Author ‘Outlander’ once accused Sam Heughan and Caitriona Balfe of not having a ‘white hot passion’

Gabaldon admits she has occasional issues with how her novels change on screen. according to Express, one scene is particularly vivid where Gabaldon accused Heughan and Balfe of not having a “hot white passion.”

This scene happened in season 5 after Claire became angry with Jamie when he asked if he could gamble with her wedding ring from the late Frank Randall (Tobias Menzies). After an argument, Jamie found Claire in a barn petting a horse. She proceeds to slap Jamie before making love in the grass.

Gabaldon says the scene didn’t work for her. She noted that they used the lines from the book, so she can’t complain about the writing. However, her question is that they designed it with “a kind of jealousy between them.”

“They had to get it from where they were to a scene of hot white commitment in about five seconds which is a bit difficult to do and they didn’t do it for obvious reasons,” Gabaldon said.

She said the way she wrote the scene in the book was “completely different” and very “hot.” The scene on TV was not emotional because it was not “in the lines.”

Outlander seasons 1 through 5 are available on Starz On Demand and Amazon Prime.

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