Sam Heughan Recalls How Auditioning for Superman Changed His Life
Actor Sam Heughan is currently enjoying a starring role in Starz’s Outlander series, but in a recent appearance on the Just For Variety podcast, the actor revealed that he auditioned for the role of Superman early in his career.
The Scottish actor revealed that one of his first trips to Los Angeles was to audition for a role in the 2006 film Superman Returns. While he ended up losing out on the role to Brandon Routh, the actor did learn a bit about his own diet in the process, which wound up changing his life as a result.
“I grew up a pescatarian or sort of vegetarian-pescatarian,” Heughan revealed. “I didn’t start eating meat until I came to America when I was 24. It was all these delicious burgers and food… At the time I was auditioning for Superman. I had a trainer and he was like, ‘You need to get bigger. You need to be able to fill out the cape.’ He was like, ‘Eat more protein.’ I remember the first time I had chicken or something and just suddenly, I was like, ‘Oh my God, I have all this energy. And I don’t feel hungry all the time.’”
Heughan is no stranger to the world of heroes, having portrayed Batman in a Cirque du Soleil-like stage show titled Batman Live. However, Heughan does think that superhero films nowadays have become a bit too bloated.
“I’m excited about the new Batman movie,” said Heughan. “I think that looks fantastic,” Heughan said. “I think the other superhero movies kind of lost their way a bit. They’ve become, I think, a little too obese in a way, but anything character-based — I mean, Batman’s a great one because he’s not a superhero. He’s just an interesting character. Something with a good backstory.”
Heughan has had a starring role on Starz’s Outlander since its premiere in 2014, where he plays James Fraser, a Highland warrior who falls in love with a woman who is pulled back through time.