Outlander Jamie Fraser star Sam Heughan ‘desperate’ for Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power role
Scottish actor would relish the chance to star in hit fantasy series
The Scottish star, who plays Highland Warrior Jamie Fraser in Outlander, said in a recent interview that he loves the fantasy genre, and he would relish the chance to star in The Rings of Power, which has just been confirmed for a second season.
The 42-year-old told interviewer Holly Newson: “I’m still desperate to be an elf or a dwarf.
“So if The Rings of Power are still casting, I’m available! I’ve even got a ginger wig if they’re interested.”
Newson then replied: “I can imagine you as an elf.”
Laughing, Heughan added: “Thank you. Well, I may have had some prosthetics done at some point.
“You might see in the future,” he teased. “It was a lot of fun.”
The hugelyh-popular actor moved from his native Dumfries and Galloway to the Scottish capital at the age of 12.
In his new memoir Waypoints, which currently tops the New York Times bestseller list, he talks about what it was like to be uprooted from a quiet community to a bustling city.
In a chapter titled ‘The Wake-Up Call’, Heughan reveals that his family moved to Edinburgh so his mother could enrol at Edinburgh College of Art.
He writes: “After years of living in a quiet community, my mother, my brother and I packed our belongings for what felt like a whole new world.
“Swapping the stable and the castle ruins for a suburban street in Edinburgh, we set about settling in for this new chapter in our lives.
“It was a big change, but also hugely exciting for two young lads like Cirdan and me. I had just finished at my little primary school, so I started high school at the same time as all my new classmates.
“It was a little overwhelming to begin with, but since I could now see without the dreaded glasses, I soon started to make friends and feel comfortable in a crowd.”
The 12-year-old Heughan attended James Gillespie's High School, which he recalls as having “very strong on rules and discipline”.
He also remembers a run-in with the school’s head teacher, after an incident involving a carton of milk.
Heughan writes: “On one occasion, I came very close to getting into trouble from the top.
“At the time, I had just been made a school prefect... The incident began with a milk carton. I had been tasked with helping to dish them out at break time to pupils who were part of a milk-in-schools scheme.
“On finding one left over, I decided to join the scheme for one break only... A moment later, like a gunslinger in some two-bit town, the headmistress stepped out.
“My eyes went wide with horror... I seized an escape route in the form of the door to the toilet block... I took one look at the open window and lobbed it out.”
Musing that it was the perhaps first time he ever got into character, Heughan goes on to describe raiding a bin once his headmistress questioned him about the missing milk carton – and how he bluffed her after luckily finding one at the bottom.
He writes: “The headmistress considered the carton in my hand... Once again she seemed to be searching my expression for cracks. The face-off only lasted for a couple of seconds, but it felt like a lifetime.
“It was perhaps the first occasion that I'd got into character, and it wouldn't be the last. Ultimately it showed me what was possible if I delivered it with conviction.”