Twitter Q & A with Graham McTavish (September 5, 2014)

Official Episode 106

Graham McTavish (Dougal MacKenzie) held a Twitter Q & A on September 5th.  Below is a transcript of Outlander-related questions and his answers.  To see every question he answered, go to his Twitter account @grahammctavish.

Q: How difficult is it to film in the rain/mud?

A: Harder for Cait, wearing only a shift!

Q: Is it great to not have to spend a lot of time in the makeup chair like The Hobbit?

A: I can’t tell you the feeling I get looking at other people having wigs put on! Very satisfying!

Q: What is your favorite memory from shooting the show?

A: The people.

Q: Does Dougal respect or fear Claire?

A: He admires her, is intrigued by her….

Q: Did you ad lib any of your lines?

A: Some popped up…

Q: As was seen last week Dougal has a complex personality. Do you see him as an evil or as a compassionate guy?

A: He is a man of complex layers. Dangerous, loyal, treacherous, and compassionate.

Q: Have you kept the beard since you finished Outlander?

A: You betcha!

Q: What’s the “real life” name of the beautiful horse you ride in Outlander?

A: Lambert!

Q: Which of Dougal’s many facets is your fave to portray?

A: I’m interested in vulnerability…

Q: Is there a special school for eyebrow acting?”.

A: It’s a very select group…

Q: The shinty game in Ep 104 was crazy! How long did it take to film?

A: A whole day.

Q: Do you think Diana caught the Scottish sense of humour in her writings?”

A: She needed no help there, very funny…

Q: Isn’t it weird that you have the same surname Jamie’s?

A: A happy coincidence…

Q: Is The Beard high maintenance?

A: The beard is patient and kind…

Q: Do you think that this phenomenal show will help bring our beloved Gaelic back & promote fluency?

A:  I hope it will raise awareness of the language.

Q: What is it like to work with the horses?

A: They don’t talk over you..

Q: who would fill the bloopers reel?

A: I hope it’s on the DVD. There’s a lot of competition….

Q:  Do you believe Dougal is an honorable man?

A: Yes, sometimes…

Q: Did Claire crack your skull with a foam chair?

A: Foam!! No, it was a breakaway chair.

Q:  Which cast member has the saltiest language?

A: That might be….me…

Q: Was there anything about filming Outlander that surprised you?

A: Horses go to the toilet A LOT.

Q: who is the funniest person on set?

A: (Duncan) LaCroix makes ME laugh!

Q: Who is the prankster in the cast?

A: Stephen (Walters) has been known to…

Q: Is there anything you’d like to take home from the sets?

A: My weapons…

Q: How is it like to shoot in your homeland?

A: A joy, and a privilege!

Q: How long does it take to shoot one full episode?

A: Between 22-27 days for every 2 episodes.

Q: Who do you believe would win a fight to the death? Dwalin or Dougal?

A: They’d never fight.

Q: Who did you meet FIRST on the set of Outlander (on the first day) ?

A: Sam…

Q: Asking about horse tac…Did they modify it or is it authentic period tac?

A: Period, I believe.

Source: Graham McTavish on Twitter