Sunday’s episode of Outlander, titled “Cream de Menthe,” is the primary time viewers actually get to know younger Ian, the youngest baby of Ian and Jenny Murray, performed by John Bell. And what an episode it’s – Ian smuggles liquor, hides a physique, loses his virginity, and will get trapped in an enormous hearth in his Uncle Jamie’s print store. I hopped on the cellphone with Bell just lately to speak about his new function, and he agreed that this was fairly the massive episode to leap into the present on.
“After I learn the script for the primary time, I used to be like, ‘Oh! Discuss high quality stuff!’ after which I type of went, ‘Whoa. That is a whole lot of stuff,'” mentioned Bell, feigning panic at having to take action a lot for his first actual episode. “However filming it was implausible . . . What’s so good about it’s so a lot of these scenes actually provide you with an concept of younger Ian’s character.”
One of many issues Bell loves about his character is the connection Ian has with Fergus, which viewers bought a pleasant style of in the latest episode.
“We begin with the Fergus and younger Ian relationship, which is so stunning. They’re absolute brothers. They’re pals who look out for one another, they’re pals who work collectively, and now they’re pals who chase girls collectively,” mentioned Bell with amusing. “Fergus could be very far more skilled in that than younger Ian, however Ian loves to listen to all that recommendation.”
And the recommendation pays off, as Ian and Brighid find yourself again on the print store for some horny time. Bell mentioned it was the primary time both he or actress Zoe Barker had achieved a intercourse scene, so that they did take pleasure in a wee little bit of liquid braveness to arrange.
“I will inform you a secret: as a result of that was such an intimate scene for me and Zoe, the lady who performs Brighid, and neither of us had achieved something like that earlier than, we had one of many drivers nip out and get us a wee bottle of whiskey. A wee one! However we every had half the bottle earlier than we went on set and that bought us prepared for that scene,” mentioned Bell. “It needed to be whiskey, in fact. Could not be the rest.”
Alas, Ian’s first time is rudely interrupted by the arrival of Sir Percival’s henchman, and within the ensuing battle, a hearth breaks out. Jamie’s total print store goes up in flames, and if it weren’t for his brawny uncle speeding in to save lots of him, younger Ian would have been toast. Once we requested about how a lot of it was achieved by a stuntman (for security causes), Bell shocked us by saying that it was all him.
“That was me for all of it! I completely did all the pieces – I used to be thrown about; that was me stamping on the flames; that was me backing up when the smoke rolled in; that was all me. I had just a few bruises to point out for it on the time,” Bell revealed. “It was such enjoyable. I really like stunt work, I really like working with the stunt guys, as a result of it’s kind of like a dance whenever you do it. It is all choreographed so exactly, and coming from the background of being a dancer, I can actually match into that fashion of working. So I had a good time.”
“And the flames – they appear shut on display screen, however we had been very secure,” he added.
So it was fairly an thrilling episode for Bell to come back into, and for his character, it simply continues to get wilder and wilder. Younger Ian is a fan-favorite character, so Bell admitted that he was nervous about presumably disappointing the guide readers, however thus far the reactions have been nice.
“On social media I’ve had a whole lot of reactions and the vast majority of it has been overwhelmingly constructive and beautiful,” Bell mentioned. “I’ve no worries anymore, as a result of I appear to be making lots of people glad. Younger Ian is a vital character; individuals love him. For lots of people, he is their favourite character, so there was definitely that strain coming onto the present. However I needed to overlook about that, as a result of when you’re taking part in just for the viewers, you make the factor nearly you. So by staying to the truthfulness [of the character], I really feel like I am doing a great job for them and I am not an excessive amount of of a disappointment.”