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Outlander season 5: How was Ross the Smith cast? Star reveals he almost played other role

Outlander season 5: How was Ross the Smith cast? Star reveals he almost played other role 1

Outlander fans will remember that Ross (played by Scott Kyle) played a frequent role in season two of the Starz show just ahead of the brutal battle of Culloden. The star has since made his exit. However, he was a well-loved character and a loyal friend which made him popular among fans. Now, the star has opened up about landing the role and how he nearly played a very different character.

In an interview with absolutemusicchat.com, Scott revealed how the role was cast.

The star first tried out for a different role on the show.

He attended his first audition for the show ready to play Angus, who is now played by Stephen Walters.

When asked how he became Ross, the actor said: “I got a phone call from my agent saying, ‘Can you get to London tomorrow? There’s a show called Outlander and they’re looking for a big, giant, hairy Highlander, called Angus.’”

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However, Kyle wasn’t too hopeful for the role, speculating he didn’t quite have the look for the show.

He added: “I read the script and I thought, ‘Why are they even seeing me? I’m not a man mountain.’

“I went down to London and auditioned for it. Unfortunately, that day it never went my way.”

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However, all was not lost as he quickly received a call for another part.

“I storyboard all my lines, because it’s easier to remember pictures than it is words, so I storyboarded my lines for Ross and drew pictures.

“It was a campfire scene so I sat there and was looking at the politics of the scene, ‘Why would Ross be getting involved in this with Angus?

“Because Angus and that lot are all crazy, they’re all fighters, he’s not a fighter, he’s a blacksmith.’ Thankfully all my homework must have worked because I got the part.”

The star also spoke out about his character’s backstory, and he went on to reveal that his job of a blacksmith would have made him wealthy, meaning it was likely he would be carrying extra weight.

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