But coming soon, Sam Heughan gets more to add to his IMDB filmography when he stars in his first leading film role in the action film, SAS: Red Notice.
Now before you at me with your, “Um, he was the lead in Emulsion” or “He was breathtaking in When the Starlight Ends,” to that I simply say…
Chances are you didn’t see those films and if you did, it’s because your local Outlander fandom group bought out a screening in the hopes that t
he director and Sam would arrive for a Q&A sesh. He did not.
How did we ever miss this cinematic masterpiece orchestrated by Dr. Oz? The mind reels.
What exactly do we know about Sam’s big screen role? Here’s the overview:
A small army of well trained criminals have hijacked the Eurostar deep beneath the English Channel. Now with 400 hostages, the plan is to blow up the English Channel declaring economic war on a government with plenty of their own secrets. Little do they know, they have one too many hostages, as SAS operator Tom Buckingham is hidden somewhere, injured, on the train. With the woman he loves and an unborn baby also on board, Tom has one chance to stop this band of criminals. And he will unleash all he has in order to save his love and the rest of the passengers.
That’s right. Sam Heughan is playing a Special Air Service operator named Tom effing Buckingham, and he’s going to save England and the woman he loves, bitches. I swear, if this is not a romance novel plot line, someone jump on this NOW.
Is it Shakespeare? No. Is it something we’re going to pay $12 to see at our local movie theater? Well, since I paid that to see him in The Spy Who Dumped Me, I’m going to speak for myself and say sure. Will we break down the trailer once it’s released? Aww, hell yes.
Since it is an action film, there’s certain tropes that just naturally come with the genre. So, while we wait for Sam to take selfies of himself on set and get second-hand embarrass by his Insta Stories of keeping up his My Peak Challenge workouts during filming…
…here’s just a few of those tropes I need to see in SAS: Red Notice.
Every action film has that indelible catchphrase that people, especially your husband or boyfriend whenever they’re around other men, like to pepper into their everyday conversations. Think of Air Force One’s “Get off my plane,” Taken’s “But what I do have is a particular set of skills…,” or even Die Hard’s “Yippee ki-yay, mother fucker” (let us not forget Brooklyn Nine-Nine’s Charles Boyles’ own take: “Yippee kayak, other buckets!”).
Of course, Sam Heughan is going to need a kick-ass catchphrase.
Lord, please let it be some variation of this.
Since his character’s last name is Buckingham and he’s supposed to be British, I’m praying for something along the lines of, “Bow down to the king, you bloody twit” or perhaps, “God save the queen, but not you” just as he kills a man with his bare hands.
This would also suffice.
Those Fight Scenes
We all know that Sam (and his stunt double) can produce some memorable fight scenes. Let us not forget that he can slo-mo run into a war while his clavicle goes on full display…
…or he knows how to cock (Go ahead and giggle, you pervs) a gun like a boss…
…or that Sam sweaty and covered in stage blood is and will always be my kink.
And you know what an action film will have? A slo-motion running sweaty and bloody Sam Heughan, cocking his gun. Take. All. My. Money.
The Love Interest
Almost every action film has that one woman who either unconditionally loves, haunts, or challenges the hero.
His love for her reminds the viewers that he isn’t just a badass – he’s also a lover. Covered in either his or his enemy’s blood, he passionately kisses “his woman,” while she probably contracts a staph infection from all that shit on his face.
Based on the synopsis, we know that Tom Buckingham’s particular set of skills also includes impregnating a woman. Not only is he trying to save all of England, Tom Buckingham is going to save his unborn child. Reading that, you’re probably wondering if it’s not too late to start a petition to have flashbacks to the conception. It’s never too late.
I can see it now:
Sam Heughan Tom Buckingham rescues his pregnant girlfriend/wife/roommate, makes a dramatic speech about how he can’t lose her or their child – they’re his world. They embrace in a passionate kiss with only a minimal amount of tongue because we don’t need to see that, and then it’s a flash-forward to Tome holding an infant child and saying something corny like, “I’m so glad I was on the Eurostar that day,” all the while you lose your entire shit because it’s Sam Heughan holding a baby, and it’s not just Photoshopped fan art.
He saved the day and your ovaries.