Welcome to TOBIAS MENZIES ONLINE @ tobiasmenzies.org a website dedicated to Emmy Award Winning British actor Tobias Menzies. Perhaps best known for his roles as Edmure Tully in GAME OF THRONES and as Marcus Junius Brutus in HBO's ROME, Tobias came to the fore in a very notable way with his stunning portrayal of the dual characters of Frank Randall and his forefather the notorious Captain Jonathan Wolverton "Black Jack" Randall in the STARZ series OUTLANDER. Currently being seen as Prince Philip in THE CROWN, Tobias is making his mark on the world. Tobias' films include UNDERWORLD: BLOOD WARS, CASINO ROYALE, UNA, FORGET ME NOT, ATONEMENT, and FINDING NEVERLAND. Feel free to browse the site and to make this your premiere source for news on Tobias' career. This site as a strict NO CANDIDS policy.
I was able to find some new additions to Tobias’ 03/02/2020 – “The Crown” Set Visit album in the gallery. There are twelve new images added. Please feel free to go take a look.
Now about updates to the site. I’m sorry they’ve been few and far between, but to let you know I suffer from migraine headaches and with the stress of the COVID-19 and other issues they’ve been on the uptick. I’ve had to get far more sleep than usual to be able to cope with them. The other issue I’ve been having are computer problems. All-in-all it’s been a pain in the you-know-where as far as trying to figure these things out. They too have added to my migraine pain. So please forgive the lack of updates. I’m trying to organize some things in hopes of getting the rest of Tobias’ THE CROWN done before season two drops in November. The other thing I’m working on is trying to get my first fiction novel written. I’m attempting to try to organize my time a little better to get all these things done. I’m also still in the process of trying to get my Sam Heughan site built. That one is taking longer than I had anticipated. Thanks for your understanding.
I know a number of you have been contacting me via this site’s twitter account and via email about updates and such. As many of you might or might not know, I’ve been working on a site dedicated to Tobias’ OUTLANDER co-star Sam Heughan, as well as starting sites for both Duncan Lacroix, and David Berry. I had hoped to get the rest of Tobias work from THE CROWN up before delving into those, but considering the amount of work that is taking, I thought I’d distract myself with getting both David and Duncan up and running. Sorting stills and event images isn’t as hard as doing the screencaps and editing those, so I thought I’d get to work on those and get those done. Now I have, the work now moving forward is in getting the rest of Tobias’ THE CROWN and OUTLANDER done. “My plan” (think of how Caitriona Balfe says that as Claire) is to do quadruple duty in getting Tobias, Sam, Duncan, and David’s work on OUTLANDER done all at once, meaning if say Tobias, Sam, and Duncan are all in the same episode, I’ll be screencapping the entire episode, then multiplying those by four then editing them for the various actor I need them for. That in and of itself is going to be hard slogging. So I’m going to try to get Tobias’ THE CROWN work done ahead of starting the work for OUTLANDER. Wish me luck, and thank you for your patience.
Here is the full Gold Derby chat with Tobias. Honestly it wasn’t long enough and I could listen to Tobias talk about his craft and the inner motivation of his characters all day long and not get tired. Here though he talks mainly about Prince Philip in THE CROWN and what he finds interesting to play about the enigma. In the last moment of the discussion they talk about the lasting impression Tobias has made with his amazing portrayal of Black Jack Randall on OUTLANDER and the meaning of the finale of season one with Black Jack’s rape and torture of Jamie Fraser played by Sam Heughan. I loved this part. While I can say I don’t care for Prince Philip due to his various comments in the past and his questionable conduct, I love when Tobias talks of Black Jack. I just loved what he said about “picking” that lock that was Jamie’s fortress as he mentioned in season two’s La Dame Blanche. I wish sometimes the show wasn’t so quick to do away with Black Jack. I feel the show lost a lot of momentum when he was gone. No other villain has come close to capturing that level of menace that Jack presented in the show. Neither Ed Speleers (Stephen Bonnet) nor the Browns have done that. Tobias set a high bar that has as yet been matched.
I wanted to let you know why there have been no further updates since the last one on Tobias’ birthday. The reason is after some consideration I’ve decided to start my own site on Tobias’ OUTLANDER co-star Sam Heughan. I know what I said in my Tobias Tribute about there being another site out there for Sam, however, with screencapping Tobias work as Frank and Black Jack Randall for the show, I felt compelled to begin the process of putting together my resources in order to start my own site for Sam. I’ve come to respect and admire Sam’s work as much as I have Tobias’ and so that’s where I’ve been. I’ll be about another few weeks getting some things up in the gallery and on the main pages for the site like I have here on TOBIAS MENZIES ONLINE. I’m hoping you’ll understand as I build that site for Sam. However, if anything does come up on Tobias or his career I’ll definitely be posting hence my previous post about the completion of filming on THE CROWN before this COVID19 crisis. Thank you for your understanding and I’m looking forward to sharing my site on Sam with you. Take care and be safe.
Episode four of THE TERROR where Tobias stars as Captain James Fitzjames. There was a bit of an interesting turn here. The character of Cornelius Hickey played incredibly by Adam Nagaitis was Punished As A Boy when he kidnapped Lady Silence/Silna (Nive Nielsen) bringing her back to The Erebus against the orders of Captain Crozier (Jared Harris). The interesting part was that the character of Hickey was caned. I have to wonder if Tobias had any flashbacks to when Black Jack Randall scourged Jamie Fraser played by Sam Heughan in OUTLANDER. By the way, the title of the episode Punished As A Boy pertains to caning a naval soldier across the buttocks instead of the back. In effect like a naughty child.
Like I did with WENTWORTH PRISON, I’ve included Sam Heughan’s work along with Tobias’. I really do feel it was both Tobias and Sam who made those two episodes what they are. Tobias was positively horrendous as Black Jack Randall, and Sam was heartbreaking as Black Jack brought Jamie down to zero with his torture and rape. This episode also marks a watershed moment in television where male on male rape was so graphically depicted. Full disclosure here: I am a rape victim. I was raped when I was 13 and always felt confused about why my body did what it did during the assault. It wasn’t until years later I heard the body’s response is autonomous of the brain and makes no sense in how it is reacting to rape or sexual gratification. The journey Jamie takes in trying to understand what happened to him was my journey. Trying to figure out was it rape or did I misunderstand what happened and why. Sam Heughan’s bravery in allowing himself to be dragged back to that place for as long as the shoot took is something I’ll always thank him for. His willingness to to it right, not take a cheap shot like Tobias’ other show GAME OF THRONES did so often when the question of rape came up. OUTLANDER has not shied away from the uncomfortable. It shines just as much a glaring eye on the darkness as well as the light with Jamie and Claire’s (Caitriona Balfe) romance and their love making. I want to thank Ron D. Moore and Ira Steven Behr for not pulling any punches with either Wentworth Prison or To Ransom A Man’s Soul. For those of us (I’m a woman by the way) who have gone through sexual assault, it was finally good to have it shown for what it is. I would mention the source material in the book written by Diana Gabaldon, but knowing in the book it’s told via first person in that Jamie only relays to Claire what happened it’s not like Jamie having his own agency and actually seeing what happened to Jamie. The only gripe I think I have with the creators is the lack of deleted scenes on the home video release or extended episodes. I’ve listened to the podcast and heard what Ron D. Moore said about what his limit was, however, given what both Tobias and in particular Sam gave to his performance, I think it would have been exceptional to see more of his work.
Here is the first of OUTLANDER‘s season one finale. This as well as To Ransom A Man’s Soul I feel are a complete film of sorts. Both are gut wrenching to watch and harrowing to think of what Jamie played so brilliantly by Sam Heughan went through under Black Jack’s darkness. I’m including as much of Sam’s work as possible from both episodes as I feel both Tobias and Sam functioned as a unit to make these episodes without a doubt some of the most amazing work on the small screen. In their dark cat and mouse game Black Jack and Jamie were under Tobias and Sam’s able hands riveting to watch. I hope you agree.