Tobias Menzies Q&A: ‘Outlander’
On "Outlander," if that fiendishly proud soldier "Black Jack" Russell could've chosen his own death, he probably would've opted for gunblast or a dignified hanging. The fact that he got crushed by a lumbering stampede of dumb cattle is hilarious. In fact, Tobias Menzies, the actor who portrays the monstrous villain, imagines Jack "down in the pit of hell raging" about the ignominy of it all.
But why was Black Jack so evil? Why, for example, did he pursue Jamie (Sam Heughan) so ruthlessly to the point of rape in "Outlander's" shocking TV season finale?
"Jamie was the embodiment of everything that Jack has lost through the war," Menzies says in our podcast chat. (Listen below.) "A kind of moral uprightness, moral fiber that Jack has lost touch with. People destroy what they love the most."
In the final episode, Jack turns sexually sadistic while Jack tries to destroy Jamie's spirit and love for Claire (Caitriona Balfe). Why was the TV depiction so brutal?
"The one thing we all agreed upon was that it had to be a fittingly troubling crescendo to what has been building the whole season between Jack and Jamie," he adds. "I was keen for it to be as three-dimensional as we could make it so that it was more than just a feat of torture."
Menzies explains why he was so agreeable to do his bold nude scenes and reveals nifty bits about filming the final episode. For example, the jail cell scene was shot on an enclosed set, but "when I take Claire along the corridor, that was an old castle location," he notes. "There was a bit of a mash-up" in what viewers ultimately saw on TV.