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?
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) ?
Q: Asking about horse tac…Did they modify it or is it authentic period tac?
A: Period, I believe.
Source: Graham McTavish on Twitter