he MUST get naked in Outlander, he did it on stage:
“She was very surprised when I turned up,” says Rankin. “She said to the whole BBC drama department at the read through, ‘Oooh! He’s great, aye, I’ve seen him naked! I’ve seen him with all his kit off.’ I had to say it was in a play! I wasn’t just randomly naked with Elaine C Smith.”
The naked play in question was Good With People with Blythe Duff and Rankin had no problem with nudity as it served the script.
“It had a very definite purpose. It was a very poignant moment and had a lot of meaning, both metaphorical and literal, and furthered the richness of the story. Getting naked for something like that, I’m all right with, but to do it for any shock factor is pointless.”
And does he hit the gym a bit before such shedding of costume?
“Yeah, I do, yeah. As much as I’m all about the art, I still want to look all right when I do it.”