Tobias Menzies, it seems, knows how to pick a project. Over the last few years, the RADA-trained British actor has appeared in a string of mammouth television hits, playing Catyln Stark's hapless brother Edmure Tully in Game of Thrones, an evil MI6 suit in The Night Manager, a tactless OBY-GYN doctor in Catastrophe, and two distinct characters—a ruthless, 18th-century army captain nicknamed "Black Jack" and his rather more docile 20th-century descendent, Frank—in Starz's fantasy series Outlander, for which he received a Golden Globe nomination. Then there are his film roles in both festival-friendly indies (such as Una, which premiered at TIFF last September) and blockbusters, like the recently-released Underworld: Blood Wars, in which he plays stringy-haired Lycan villain Marius.
"Underworld is, obviously, a huge genre piece with a very particular kind of aesthetic," Menzies explains over the phone from London. "In a way, [it requires] a very type of performance to make that material work," he continues. "They can be complicated things to rattle with, because there's obviously so much story to link in with prior films, and the pressure of the genre and the audience."
Next up, Menzies will star in the series The Terror about a Royal Naval expedition to the Arctic alongside Ciarán Hinds and Jared Harris. "We did five weeks before Christmas and I'm about to go back," he tells us. "It's an amazing story. I'm really, really excited for what we're making."
Looks like 2017 is looking bright for fans. Not only is Outlander supposed to come back sometime in 2017 but Tobias will be starring in The Terror on AMC (based on the 2007 bestselling novel by Dan Simmons). I don't know about you but I've had enough Jack Randall to last me a lifetime; however, I could always use some more Tobias in my tv line-up and we are going to get it.
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"The actor plays three different characters between Outlander and The Night Manager and is jumping back into another juicy role this summer. Get ready - the Brit is quickly taking over TV."
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Warning: This postmortem contains spoilers for the “Untimely Resurrection” episode of Outlander.
Just when you thought all was on its way to being right on the Fraser front — Claire had come clean about Black Jack surviving the stampede and Jamie didn’t spiral, they’d caught a potential break in their quest to change the future, and perhaps most importantly they got their bedroom mojo back — the Sassenach and the Highlander started seeing red. More specifically, they spied the signature red coat of one Black Jack Randall, the haunter of Jamie’s dreams and the historic doppelganger of Claire’s future husband Frank, standing in the gardens of Versailles and hoping to have a word with King Louis XV about his wrongfully fired brother.
“It was a huge day for me. To see that red coat in the gardens was very striking,” Sam Heughan tells Yahoo TV. “I hadn’t seen Tobias [Menzies], and certainly haven’t seen Black Jack, since we shot Season 1, and it brought up a lot of emotional memories. But it’s a very awkward and dangerous moment because the King’s there. I’ve got to be very courteous and pleasant to my biggest enemy, yet all I wanted to do as Jamie was address Randall, look him in the eye, and stare him down. Jamie wants to kill this man, maybe needs to kill him.”
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