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Outlander’s Sam Heughan seen in NY after hitting out at bosses

Outlander star Sam Heughan cuts a casual figure in a padded jacket as he grabs coffee in New York with a friend – after hitting out at show bosses over the ‘horrific’ male rape scene Outlander star Sam Heughan was spotted enjoying a relaxing outing in New York’s Soho area on Friday. The actor, 42, cut a casual figure in a padded jacket as he grabbed a coffee with a male friend in the Big Apple.

It comes after Sam hit out at show bosses for filming an ‘unnecessary’ shot of his penis during a harrowing rape scene on Outlander.
Stepping out: Outlander star Sam Heughan cut a casual figure in a puffer jacket as he grabbed coffee in New York with a friend on Friday – after hitting out at show bosses over the ‘horrific’ male rape scene Sam, who has his own Sassenach Whisky brand, rugged up in his beige jacket and kept things casual with a pair of dark blue jeans. He covered up his famous face with a cap and wore a pair of sneakers. Sam, who just won the Audience Award at the BAFTA Scotland Awards, looked relaxed as he chatted to his friend. Low-key outing: Sam, who just won the Audience Award at the BAFTA Scotland Awards, looked relaxed as he chatted to his friend Last month, the Scottish star hit out at show bosses for filming an ‘unnecessary’ shot of his penis during a harrowing rape scene on Outlander.

The 42-year-old stars alongside Caitríona Balfe, 43, in the time-bending series about a nurse in World War II, who goes back in time to Scotland in 1743 where she meets a dashing Highland warrior. When he signed up for the show – which is broadcast by Starz – in 2014 the star agreed to nudity in his contract but said he felt ‘betrayed’ when producers wanted to showcase his genitals after his character suffered a ‘horrific’ sexual assault. Writing in his memoir, Waypoints: My Scottish Journey, Sam recalled filming the final episodes of season one in which his character, 18th-century Highland warrior Jamie Fraser, is tortured and repeatedly raped by his nemesis, Captain Jonathan ‘Black Jack’ Randall, played by Game of Thrones star Tobias Menzies.

Hitting out: Last month, the Scottish star hit out at show bosses for filming an ‘unnecessary’ shot of his penis during a harrowing rape scene on Outlander He said he told show runners that he believed using a shot of his genitals in such a harrowing scene would ‘sexualise’ the horrific assault that his character had just endured – insisting that the nude imagery wasn’t going to ‘add’ anything to the moment. He explained: ‘This wasn’t a moment where I felt that being naked would add to the horror of what Jamie undergoes in that castle dungeon as a form of punishment, subjugation and humiliation. ‘I pushed back, reasoning that nudity sexualised a horrific experience for my character, and it sparked quite a debate. Hit show: The 42-year-old stars alongside Caitríona Balfe, 43, in the time-bending series about a nurse in World War II, who goes back in time to Scotland in 1743 where she meets a dashing Highland warrior

‘Creative conversations are a feature of all productions, good art is made by questioning the truth and we all want to get it right.’
Eventually, Outlander bosses agreed that his character Jamie would be seen nude but ‘sprawled on the dungeon stones’ after he’d been assaulted, with Sam confessing: ‘Those closing scenes were incredibility challenging to film.’ ‘Even though, thankfully the nude shots ended on the cutting room floor. It was a harrowing, exhausting experience.’ When he signed up for the show – which is broadcast by Starz – in 2014 the star agreed to nudity in his contract but said he felt ‘betrayed’ when producers wanted to showcase his genitals after his character suffered a ‘horrific’ sexual assault

But while his genitals did not make it into the final episode, Sam admitted that the debate about whether or not those shots should be featured ‘betrayed his trust’ in the show’s creative team – adding that he does not believe such scenes would ever be filmed today. ‘Times have changed,’ Sam wrote. ‘The c**k shot was unnecessary and did betray my trust in the creative team a bit. ‘We don’t need to see the horror to imagine what the characters go through. Imagination is way more powerful.’ Outlander’s first season debuted eight years ago, in August 2014, and season six – the most recent – aired earlier this year, with the next episodes expected to premiere next year. Outlander’s first season debuted eight years ago, in August 2014, and season six – the most recent – aired earlier this year, with the next episodes expected to premiere next year

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