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Jurassic Park Child Actor Finally Explains One Of Tim’s Big Mistakes

If there’s one thing action movies have taught us, it’s that the last person you want with you in a crisis is a child. They’re slow, clumsy and not very useful when lives are in the balance. While perhaps better than most, this was still true for Tim and Lex, the kids in Steven Spielberg’s Jurassic Park. Tim proved especially unhelpful when a raptor was trying to open the door, and instead of getting the shotgun for Dr. Grant and Ellie, he just sort of stood there. That’s a moment actor Joe Mazzello admits wasn’t his character’s finest, with the actor saying:

Owning up to one’s mistakes is the first step toward growth, and Joe Mazzello admits that Tim could have definitely been more useful (i.e. at all) than he was in that critical moment. He does offer up some possible explanations though for why Tim, who knows dinosaurs, not UNIX, was busy supervising Lex at the computer while Grant and Ellie were trying to hold the door (Hodor) and reach for the gun to save everyone’s lives.

It is possible that Dr. Grant wouldn’t have been a fan of an 8-year-old like Tim handling a gun, but given the circumstances, I’d like to think that he would have made an exception. Tim has also probably been taught not to touch guns, so that could be another explanation. In Tim’s defense, he was just a kid in a high-pressure situation and maybe he was just scared and didn’t think clearly enough to realize the way he could have been an actual help.

Check out the video below to see the scene that will not end up in Tim’s Jurassic Park highlight reel.

As Joe Mazzello told HuffPost, Tim wasn’t a complete bozo in Jurassic Park; he did realize that you shouldn’t shine a light in a Tyrannosaur’s face, a supposition that somehow eluded his computer whiz sister. But the two of them combined couldn’t figure out how to turn off a flashlight or just put it face down on the floor of the car, so let’s call that one a wash.

And to be fair to Tim with the gun situation, he wasn’t the only one who dropped the ball a bit there. When Ellie raced over to help Grant hold the door (that phrase is never going to not be sad now, is it?), she could have scooped up the gun first. It would have taken an extra second and Grant could have held out that long. But, as Joe Mazzello said, it was a high-pressure situation and mistakes were made.

Truth be told ‘Mistakes were made’ could probably be the slogan for the characters throughout the Jurassic franchise. The next time we’ll be seeing characters make prehistorically huge blunders is Jurassic World 3, which hits theaters in 2021.

Before then though you can catch Joe Mazzello on the big screen as Queen’s bass guitarist John Deacon in the Freddie Mercury biopic Bohemian Rhapsody, now playing. For all the biggest movies still to come this year, check out our release schedule.

7 Things Austin Powers 4 Needs To Include

Does the prospect of a fourth Austin Powers film make you randy, baby? It certainly has us feeling shagadelic, especially since Mike Myers recently said that the chances of the project actually happening look “good.” Granted, we don’t even know for sure whether or not a fourthquel is definitively happening, but we’ve come up with some things that Austin Powers 4 must include for the film to be its grooviest.

Spoofs Of Jason Bourne And Daniel Craig’s Bond

Austin Powers in Goldmember came out one month after The Bourne Identity and four years before Casino Royale. Both of those films ushered in a new era for the spy genre and have influenced many other spy films that have followed. Given that, it would be a travesty if a future Austin Powers made no reference to Jason Bourne or Daniel Craig’s Bond in an upcoming film.

Granted, it would be a challenge to mesh those worlds in with the Austin Powers series, especially given the films are influenced by a bulk of classic spy thrillers. Still, the series made a pseudo nod to Mission: Impossible by having Tom Cruise play Austin Powers in the fake film “Austinpussy,” so the writers could figure something out. Perhaps Austin finds it a challenge to remain a spy in the rough and tumble modern era?

How Austin Powers In Goldmember Is Explained

Perhaps the biggest thing that would make Austin Powers 4 difficult to create is Austin Powers In Goldmember. The third film establishes Dr. Evil and Austin as brothers, and even alludes that parts or perhaps all of the story was actually Steven Spielberg’s film within the film, Austinpussy. Needless to say, the film presented some somewhat difficult questions that fans may expect Austin Powers 4 to answer.

That said, the Austin Powers franchise has had to deal with a few plot inconsistencies before. We know that because the films often outright stated it and instructed the audience to ignore those inconsistencies and enjoy each respective film. The fanbases for most franchises wouldn’t let creators off the hook that easy, but Austin Powers fans probably will. After all, we’re in it for laughs and whacky characters, not elaborate explanations of time travel and how Goldmember’s gold winky turned on that device.

Evil Scotty

While we don’t know for sure if all of Goldmember was real, it does seem as though Evil Scotty is. The film’s final moments show Dr. Evil’s son dressed like his father performing a dance ala Michael Jackson. The once rebellious son had gone off the deep end, and we would love to see what happened next.

Dr. Evil is the definitive villain of the Austin Powers series, but Seth Green’s transformation at the end of Goldmember has the potential for a hilarious performance. It’d also give audiences the thrill of seeing if Scott is better or worse than his father at the whole being evil thing. After all, Scott usually had the most logical methods of defeating Austin Powers, so we think he’d stand a decent chance of defeating him.

A Healthy Dose Of Celebrity Cameos

It’s staggering the amount of A-list celebrity cameos the Austin Powers franchise was able to pull at its peak. Britney Spears, Tom Cruise, Danny DeVito, Jerry Springer, Elvis Costello, the list is truly staggering. One would imagine Austin Powers 4 could pull in an equal level of talent, especially given the franchise’s legacy, but could it aim even higher?

It’s possible, although it’s really subjective to the audience watching what would raise the bar. Featuring a past President of the United States would be pretty impressive, but even just a wide variety of top A-list talent would suffice. We’re sure there are plenty of young celebrities who grew up watching the films, so it may not be that hard to get some of them as it would seem.

How The Film References Mini-Me

The death of Verne Troyer was a tragic thing, and his absence will surely be felt in Austin Powers 4. Mini Me was a staple character in the second and third installments in the franchise, and it’s hard to imagine Dr. Evil without him. It would be interesting to see how the film addressed the character’s absence, or if it chose to press on another way.

One would imagine Mike Myers has a plan, especially given how he honored the character on Jimmy Kimmel Live. An actor’s death is always a tricky situation when it comes to what happens to the character, especially when their on-screen future was left unresolved. Whatever plan is in place, we can hope that it’s in line with something Verne Troyer would’ve agreed with and honors the work he put in on the series years ago.

Limited Time Travel

Time travel has been a fun element of the Austin Powers franchise, and while Austin traveling to the ’80s has potential, it’d be more interesting to keep things in the present. Austin Powers has been gone a long time, so it would be great to see how he’s faring in the late 2010s. Would Austin Powers still be the smooth-talking super spy he’s been thus far or has he become a dinosaur stuck in the past?

These questions seem more interesting than any that could be answered by time travel. The world has changed quite a bit in the years since Austin Powers films were made that it’ll be just as interesting to see how the world responds to his return as it would be to see him actually living in it. Hopefully, audiences still find his antics as groovy as they did back then.

Top Tier Double Entendre and Innuendo

Double entendre and innuendo form the backbone that supports each Austin Powers film. Few comedies have played on those two touchstones of humor as well, but the bar has definitely been raised since the last film in what will get a laugh from audiences. Mike Myers has been keeping up with his character acting over the years well enough, but can he still deliver some classic Powers innuendo?

That’s perhaps the biggest question mark one could have about Austin Powers 4. So many of the franchise’s staple jokes have been played out by the end of the third film, one has to wonder if a fourth installment can go back to the well once more? If that’s not the case, can the character survive some tweaks to the formula? We’re not sure, but we’d pay the price of admission to find out.

Right now Austin Powers 4 isn’t a sure-fire thing, but perhaps after director Jay Roach is freed up something concrete might be announced. In the meantime, Austin Powers fans can reminisce on the time Dr. Evil was on The Tonight Show.

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House Of Cards Star Talks About That Shocking Finale Reveal And Death

Warning: This story contains major spoilers for the sixth and final season of House of Cards.

House of Cards delivered a doozy when it revealed Doug Stamper was the person behind Frank’s demise. Yes, Frank was killed by his biggest fan and closest confidante, who ended up getting killed off himself before it was all said and done. Actor Michael Kelly revealed his reactions to those killer twists, saying this when asked if he was warned about Doug taking Frank out early on:

We talked about it at length before it went to paper. When [showrunners Frank Pugliese and Melissa James Gibson] first approached me, obviously it was incredibly shocking to hear it [laughs], but I’ve been very blessed over the years that they’ve given me such incredible material. It made total sense. When you think about his entire mission, Doug, being the addicted character that he is, constantly has to have something to obsess over, and for him it was clearing that name, saving that legacy. [His murder] was about how to save Frank from himself. He was going to destroy his legacy, and Doug couldn’t have that, you know?

Fans knew that Frank Underwood was a goner before Season 6 premiered. That confirmation came via a promotional clip for the political drama’s final season. The revelation that Stamper killed Frank was something that fans were harder pressed to have imagined, though. The close relationship that existed between Doug and Frank throughout the series’ run made the revelation all the more jaw-dropping.

The truth was eventually exposed in the final season, as House of Cards ultimately revealed that Doug gave his one-time mentor an overdose of the latter’s liver medication. Thus, no more Frank Underwood.

Since one good shock deserves another, the murderer ended up becoming a murder victim himself when the shifty Claire fatally stabbed Doug in the Oval Office, using a letter opener. That scene was the final one filmed for House of Cards, and was directed by Michael Kelly’s screen partner and the series’ star and rescuer, Robin Wright. Kelly shared what it was like filming the climatic conclusion, saying this to EW:

It was incredible on one hand. On the other hand, we ended up doing, I think, over 14 hours on that scene. [The scene] was five pages, and we took a full day. Robin’s directing and doing this incredibly charged, emotional scene, so by the end of it, the two of us were just on fumes. So when the AD team stepped out and said, ‘That’s a wrap on Michael fucking Kelly, [laughs] — that’s what they call me, ‘Michael fucking Kelly’ — I just felt this wave of emotion for this crew that I’ve worked with for six years. Most of them are my second family. I was already incredibly emotional and exhausted and all that, but I remember saying, ‘Guys, I’m probably going to get out two words here, but I just want to say thank you and how much I love each and every one of you, and I couldn’t do it without you,’ and I started bawling and crying. And then [laughs] they were like, ‘Alright, that’s a wrap on Robin Wright,’ and Robin got up and gave this beautiful, elegant speech with no tears. [Laughs] She’s so… she’s Claire.

It is safe to say that Michael Kelly underwent quite the emotional rollercoaster. He goes from shooting an emotionally draining death scene for an extended period of time to then saying goodbye to the cast and crew he has come to care about deeply. Speaking of that crew, House of Cards aficionados know too well about the show’s near-premature end. In his interview, Kelly joins his fellow co-stars in crediting Robin Wright with saving the series.

Some fans may be wondering what on earth Doug was thinking when he went to see Claire. More specifically, was he was prepared to die? Michael Kelly provided insight into Doug Stamper’s mindset, saying:

Yeah, I think… I think when he walked in there, what he wanted more than anything was for her to give the pardon. He gives her every reason to give him that — he says to her, ‘Here’s a full list of who wants you dead, I’ve once again done all the work, you’re set.’ And when she doesn’t, he can’t take it. [Laughs] He’s like, ‘I’ve always been able to get what I want.’ He just loses it. He’s playing with a new hand, but ultimately there’s no way to navigate it.

As it turns out, Doug’s play turns out to be his last. Instead of getting his pardon, he got killed. Earlier in the interview, Michael Kelly said that he believes Doug finally found peace in his final moments. Citing Doug’s inability to kill Claire caused by him still seeing “a part of Frank there.”

So, what was Doug thinking amidst his ultimately lethal confrontation with Claire? Michael Kelly shared that Frank’s one-time right-hand man feels as though that’s the way it has to be. In the end, Doug made it to the final episode of the series, but since he did not survive his final scene, you can probably count out that Doug Stamper spinoff. Unless they made it a prequel…

House of Cards entire six-season run is available to stream on Netflix. The political drama’s final season is among a lot of new content arriving on the streaming giant this fall.

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How Legacies Is Handling The Absence Of Vampire Diaries’ Caroline

Where is Caroline Forbes? That’s the big question haunting Legacies viewers after the first episodes of the joint The Vampire Diaries/The Originals spinoff. But fans will just have to wait for answers. Executive Producer Julie Plec shared no hints on actress Candice King joining Legacies, but she did tease a slow-burning mystery attached to Caroline’s absence.

Julie Plec dropped several little breadcrumbs in her comments to HollywoodLife. It’s understandable why the characters would join the fans in asking about Caroline. The Salvatore School for the Young and Gifted is technically Caroline’s house (thanks to Damon Salvatore), so if anyone should be at the central location of Legacies, it’s Ms. Forbes-Salvatore even more than headmaster Alaric Saltzman.

Plus, Caroline is the surrogate mother of two of the Salvatore School students — twins Josie and Lizzie Saltzman. Alaric is their father, with witch Jo Laughlin as their biological mother. It’s certainly not a happy hint that Julie Plec would remind The Originals and TVD fans of the twins’ connection to their malicious Uncle Kai Parker.

What “danger” is ahead for the teens? Could Kai somehow find a way to return and try to kill his nieces (again)? Not that we’d mind seeing actor Chris Wood again as Kai.

The Saltzman twins know Caroline as their mother, and — as Julie Plec noted — Caroline wasn’t always Little Miss Sunshine as a teen herself. We’re looking forward to seeing all the ways teen Josie and Lizzie take after Caroline, in that way and others.

Caroline was Miss Mystic Falls in The Vampire Diaries Season 1, back before she became a vampire. Plec previously told TV Guide that Legacies Season 1 will revisit that Vampire Diaries tradition. Since the twins are said to be involved in the new Miss Mystic Falls pageant, it would really be nice for their mom to return for that episode. Hint, hint, Candice King.

Also, The Originals alum Hope Mikaelson is basically the main character of Legacies, and her father Klaus has a long history with Caroline. It would be fun to get more into that, from teen Hope’s point-of-view. #KlarolineForever

Julie Plec had warned fans that Caroline wouldn’t be around at the start of Legacies. She’d stated Alaric knows she’s off doing things that connect to the long-term survival of their twins. Hopefully patience pays off.

Meanwhile, we know Vampire Diaries alum Jeremy Gilbert will grace Legacies this season, along with other TVD characters like Sheriff Matt Donovan. Julie Plec said this spinoff would embrace more of a Monster of the Week format than usual, although she did hint to an “overall Big Bad” that would be introduced slowly across the first season. Will Caroline connect to that Big Bad? We’ll see.

Legacies Season 1 continues Thursdays at 9 p.m. on The CW. Keep up on all of the new and returning shows in our fall 2018 TV guide.

Spice Girls Set To Tour Without Victoria Beckham

Never mind what fans want — what they really, really want. Victoria “Posh Spice” Beckham will not be joining the rest of the Spice Girls for the group’s first tour in over a decade. At least she kinda sorta explained why she won’t be there.

The other four Spice Girls just announced plans for a set of stadium concerts in the U.K. for late spring 2019. Emma “Baby Spice” Bunton, Geri “Ginger Spice” Halliwell, Melanie “Mel C” Chisholm, and Melanie “Scary Spice” Brown broke the news on Twitter:

So where’s Victoria “Posh” Beckham? Well, she’s not completely blowing them off. She shared a statement with the announcement (via Variety), revealing that “business commitments” would prevent her from joining the tour. She also added this love to her Spice fam:

Awww. Friendship really never ends.

The Spice Girls formed in the mid-1990s, becoming the best-selling “girl group” of all time, and the biggest British pop success since The Beatles. Geri “Ginger Spice” Halliwell was the one who broke up the band back in 1998, when she announced her departure. The full group reunited for a world tour in 2007-2008, and the tickets for the first London date of that tour reportedly sold out in 38 seconds. That was their last tour together, but the ladies also had a special performance during the 2012 Olympics in London.

It always sounded suspect for Posh to be joining the tour, since Victoria Beckham’s team had made it pretty clear that her focus was “firmly her family and her fashion brand.” Whenever this comes up, Posh adds that she loved her time with her fellow Spice Girls, but she has moved on.

At least the girls seem to agree on this upcoming Spice Girls superhero animated movie. Apparently all five members signed off on having their likenesses used for the project, and all five are said to be voicing their own characters. The Spice Girls are reportedly “fired up” about the superhero movie, which would focus on girl power. You’ll remember that all five ladies appeared together in the 1997 musical comedy Spice World, which still spices up our lives whenever we think about it.

For now, we just have the upcoming U.K. tour. Here are the 2019 dates:

There doesn’t seem to be any word yet on whether this tour will later spread beyond the U.K. But let the Spice Girls know on social media if that’s what you want, what you really, really want.

The Spice Girls Reunion Tour Is Definitely Happening—Without Victoria Beckham

Attention Spice Girls superfans: The iconic ’90s pop music girl gang is heading out on a world tour—just don’t expect Victoria Beckham, aka “Posh,” to join them.

After months of will they or won’t they speculation surrounding the possibility of a reunion tour, the former pop stars finally confirmed the long-awaited plans today (November 5) on Twitter. In a spoof video sharing the news and details of the tour, the women were joined by singer Jess Glynne, to kick off ticket sales, which start Saturday. However, one of the group’s former bandmates was noticeably absent from the video.

Despite the initial belief that all five of the Spice Girls would potentially be touring together, Beckham quickly shot down those rumors in a post to her Instagram account Monday, where she announced she would not be joining the tour, but wished the rest of her former bandmates the best of luck.

“Today marks a special day for the girls as they announce the first tour dates since we performed together in 2012! I won’t be joining my girls on stage again but being in the Spice Girls was a hugely important part of my life and I wish them so much love and fun as they go back on tour next year. I know they will put on an amazing show and the fantastic fans past and present are going to have a wonderful time! X vb #spicegirls #friendshipneverends”

Back in June, while speaking with Hoda Kotb on Today, Mel B (a.k.a. “Scary Spice”) seemed to confirm the possibility of a reunion tour, a move so many Spice World enthusiasts had been hoping for since the group’s final performance together in 2012.

“I’m the only one that keeps on saying we’re going to be performing, which, we are gonna be performing,” the star told Kotb on the air. “Finally, they’ve got it together. Yes. We are touring. Should I have really said that out loud? Yes, we are going to be doing performances together for sure.”

So while it seems as though Posh definitively will not be joining the rest of the Girls on their tour next year—at least we still have this video of her fist-pumping to “Spice Up Your Life.”

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Normani Is Set To Make Ariana Grande’s Next Tour Even Sweeter

Camila Cabello may have recently reaffirmed her wife status with Ariana Grande, but it’s another Fifth Harmony alum who’s hitting the road with the “Thank U, Next” singer as opening support on her upcoming, hotly anticipated Sweetener tour. And that alum is, naturally, Normani.

It was announced on Monday (November 5) that the 22-year-old singer will join for the first leg of the Sweetener tour when it kicks off in March 2019. It’s been a good year for Normani, who teamed up with Khalid for the sultry “Love Lies” early on and recently collabed with Calvin Harris for two very different new jams. She was also dubbed “that bitch” by Nicki Minaj at thew 2018 VMAs.

“It’s a brand new world of self-discovery for me, and I’m still in the process of that,” Normani recently told Paper magazine about her solo career. “There’s been so many things that I’ve been able to do. I’ve been able to write more, and I’ve even been having fun in terms of producing. I’ve learned that I actually have that ear and that I know what I want. I’m learning the terminology and all the technical side of it. I’m really hands on in every single aspect of my music.”

Ariana, meanwhile, spent this past weekend unveiling “Thank U, Next,” a celebration of finally coming into your own, or working on it anyway, without anyone else in your life. On the road next year, though, it’ll be her and Normani — maybe the pair will team up for some surprise, unexpected performances onstage?

The Sweetener tour begins March 18 in Albany, N.Y. Ari and Normani will be there. Will you?

SNL Under Fire For Joke About Candidate Who Lost His Eye In Afghanistan

Saturday Night Live has rarely held back from making a joke simply because someone might get offended by it, and the country’s current political climate hasn’t stopped them before. However, the show didn’t come out of its most recent episode unscathed, with outspoken SNL star Pete Davidson drawing heat for jokes made about Congressional candidate Dan Crenshaw, a former Navy SEAL who lost an eye on a tour in Afghanistan.

Dan Crenshaw, who retired as a U.S. Navy lieutenant commander, took to social media to call out SNL for the comments.

All things considered, Dan Crenshaw’s response was as cordial and matter-of-fact as anything resembling a complaint can get. Rather than poking back at the series or Pete Davidson, he merely expressed a hope that Saturday Night Live isn’t the kind of show that condones its stars setting up veterans’ injuries as comedic fodder.

For those who didn’t watch the episode on Saturday night, the “Weekend Update” segment featured Michael Che passing the focus onto Pete Davidson, who shared his first impressions of various candidates vying for the most votes in the midterm election.

For what it’s worth, some believe that the end of the Crenshaw gag — in which Davidson gets tripped up and repeats “Whatever…” — was the comedian recognizing the joke’s poor taste and just having to move beyond it, as opposed to attempting a more genuine apology. It was a pretty awkward moment punctuating a pretty awkward bit, and Davidson’s face seems to reflect that momentarily before he went on to talk about Andrew Cuomo.

Dan Crenshaw didn’t seem to be particularly offended by Pete Davidson’s comments on SNL, pointing out that it’s not second-nature behavior for him. Someone who had more to say about the matter, though, was Davidson’s Saturday Night Live co-star Kenan Thompson, currently the longest-lasting cast member on the NBC mainstay.

Speaking with Today, Kenan Thompson essentially said that Pete Davidson was in the wrong for joking about Dan Crenshaw’s war injury. However, Thompson was also somewhat forgiving of the situation in general, saying that unfortunate incidents like that are often a result of comedians just trying to see what makes people laugh.

That “Weekend Update” segment was also notable for being the first time Pete Davidson publicly addressed his high-profile broken engagement with pop star Arianna Grande. He pointed out that some things don’t work out, which is fine. After complimenting her, he encouraged people to go vote.

Find out how Dan Crenshaw and many other candidates do on Election Day by tuning into your local stations, as well as all the usual cable news networks. Find how out SNL‘s next episode goes by tuning in Saturday nights on NBC at 11:30 p.m. ET. To see what other shows are in need of viewers, check out our fall TV premiere schedule.

Thanos Could Have Been Shirtless In Avengers: Infinity War

Thanos was an imposing character in Avengers: Infinity War, but he looks even more imposing sans shirt. A new art book dedicated to Avengers: Infinity War is set to be released this week and an early look at some of the pages includes concept art of Thanos that presents him with wearing nothing above the waist. Impending Tumblr explosion in 3…2…1.

The new book, titled Marvel’s Avengers: Infinity War – The Art of the Movie (via Twitter user @adaspidey) dives deep into all the various different ideas that were presented for pretty much every character who appears in the massive Marvel team-up movie, but for obvious reasons, the internet is getting very excited about shirtless Thanos.

We see Thanos transition visually over the course of the film. When we first see him in the opening sequence of Avengers: Infinity War Thanos is fully clothed and also wearing a decent amount of armor. Over the course of the film, as Thanos picks up Infinity Stones, the armor goes away. The man is becoming more confident in his power and thus the armor is no longer necessary. It seems that this image would indicate that the idea was that Thanos might have become so powerful near the end of Infinity War that he didn’t feel he needed so much as a shirt.

The image of shirtless Thanos also reveals that the Titan hadn’t made it through all of his various battles without a few scars. We saw sleeveless Thanos in the final version of Avengers: Infinity War, so we saw some of these scars, but it turns out he had quite a few more.

How we’ll see Thanos in the forthcoming Avengers 4 is largely unknown. He’s still in possession of the Infinity Stones, but his Gauntlet is pretty thrashed, so it’s not clear how useful they will be to him. He could end up back in his full armor if he needs it to fight off the Avengers, or we could end up actually seeing shirtless Thanos in the new movie. He’s apparently retired to a small shack near a lake someplace, so if he wants to walk around without clothes on, he can likely do it now. It’s not like he has to be presentable for anybody.

While Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers 4 were filmed back-to-back, and thus a lot of things, like character design and costume, were likely done for both films at the same time, it’s unlikely that much of what can be found in the new book will be particularly useful spoilers. Any character designs that are being used in the new film were almost certainly left out of this one so that fans wouldn’t get an early look. Having said that, we should be getting a look at what all the Marvel heroes will look like in Avengers 4 soon, as the first trailer should be hitting soon.

Outlander’s Sam Heughan Did Audition For James Bond

The debate over who could take over as James Bond after Daniel Craig leaves has been raging for years now, with plenty of names bandied about regarding who could land the coveted role. One of those names has been Sam Heughan, the tall and very Scottish lead of Starz’s Outlander. Recently, Sam Heughan revealed on Live with Kelly and Ryan that he did actually audition for the popular gig at one point. When asked whether or not he had entertained the idea of playing James Bond, he said:

Bond 21 was quite a while ago. Casino Royale came out way back in 2006–so, well over a decade ago. Sam Heughan would have only been 26 at the time the movie came out and he wasn’t as well-known during that period as he is now. In fact, the Scottish actor at the time only had a few TV gigs under his belt, including River City and a guest stint on the popular crime drama Midsomer Murders. Although he revealed to Kelly Ripa and Ryan Seacrest that Bond was looking to go younger during the Casino Royale period, the role eventually went to Daniel Craig, who was 38 when his first Bond flick came out.

Originally, it wasn’t clear that Daniel Craig would be back for Bond 25, so the rumor mill has been talking about people who could potentially be a good fit for the role for quite a long while. Major names like Henry Cavill, Richard Madden, Idris Elba and Tom Hiddleston have been bandied about. However, Sam Heughan has also stood out among those names as a popular pick and it’s certainly interesting to learn that he did in fact try out for the role at one point. At this point, Sam Heughan is approaching 40, as well, which may actually be a point in his favor when casting for the next James Bond happens.

Sam Heughan and Kelly Ripa got into a spirited conversation about beautiful people during the Live with Ryan and Kelly episode and you can also watch them decide Diane Lane should be a Bond girl in Bond 26 in the full clip, below.

One issue to potentially signing on Sam Heughan as James Bond is his lengthy Outlander schedule. While Daniel Craig will likely be replaced as Bond after Bond 25 eventually hits theaters, Outlander has already been renewed for Seasons 5 and 6 on Starz and it’s likely the series will continue longer than that. For example, the books Diana Gabaldon has written in the series currently tally in at 8 and the author is working on a ninth. With roughly one book covered per season of the TV show, Sam Heughan will likely be employed by the pay cable network for some time to come. So, we’ll have to wait and see if James Bond is in the cards, as well.