Two Scottish Dudes I Discovered Accidentally – Sam Heughan ‘Outlander’ and Scott Orr ‘Model’ Clooney of Scotland

Is there really such a thing as by accident.  I walked on the set of the film I was co-executive producer in the blazing heat of the Egyptian desert and watched Sam Heughan work.  I would later walk up to him and tell him “Sam you need to come to LA, you are gonna be a big star”.

Recently while I was in Shanghai for Victoria Secret Fashion Show, a friend Cindy Mckendry a stylist  drew my attention to  Scott Orr who went from working on oil rigs and at the age of 47 and started to model.  The Scottish media coined him “Clooney of Scotland” to which Scott responds,

“Well as you can imagine does no harm at all having that kind comparison . I really don’t mind , the ladies seem to see the likeness at times ,so am not complaining.. I admire him as an actor and an individual. “
The film Young Alexander has yet to be released but due to this trailer and because Sam Heughan became a big star in ‘Outlander’ many are dying to see the film no matter how bad the trailer looks.

Sam while not only doing lot of press for ‘Outlander’ has also launched his own fashion collobration with Barbour.

While I can’t say more about the film Young Alexander I have this feeling it will become a cult film and will tour the worlds film festivals playing at midnight. Why not after all the girl who also put in a lot of work during those hot days and long hours of filming in Egypt is Lauren Cohan who ended up as Maggie Greene on The Walking Dead.



You just never know where you start and where you end up, and that leads us to the Scottish man, model Scott Orr.



Now if you think how can a guy from offshore oil rig drilling to modeling? then let me tell you it’s not that big a leap.  My friend Shekhar Kapur went from being an accountant to underwear model to directing a film called Elizabeth. 

So now we have Scott giving it a go, and he is off to a roaring start, just check out his Instagram.  

Recently Scott was in  Northern Ireland modelling at the Homage Charity Fashion Show at the iconic Old Bushmills Whiskey Distillery.  He had been on a  holiday in South West France where he would run into Cindy McKendry ( the same lady who brought Scott to my attention ), who organized Homage.   Once Scott told her he had signed a modeling contract in Scotland, Cindy invited him over to model at the Homage show.  Cindy also organized the Homage Charity Auction and networked Scott with the amazing photographer Catherine MacKenzie for a photo shoot styled by Cindy.

Give everyone on this page a follow because they are all talented and going places.

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At 89 James Ivory Proves There Is A First Time For Everything His Screenplay ‘Call Me By Your Name’

James Ivory was a talent and I knew I wanted to back his films a means of redeeming my soul having made a small fortune working for an arms dealer and so I had penned a deal that was signed by James Ivory and myself at the St. James’s Club in London. 


Soon after signing the deal at the Festival of Festivals ( now known as Toronto International Film Festival ), I would walk into the Four Seasons Hotel and go up the hotel suite occupied by David Putnam who would tell me, “Tim I would bring you into Colombia Pictures with this deal but they are probably firing me as we speak” .   The studio fired Putnam that week.  However Putnam did impart to me  the importance of making quality films rather than blockbusters, quality with always stand the test of time he told me.


James Ivory has never in his life written a screenplay that he has not directed until now with “Call Me By Your Name”  a movie of coming of age love which transcends mere words, with two revelatiory performances  with a Golden Globe and SAG Awards nomination for Timothée Chalamet as Elio.

For me working with Ivory was such a calm time as opposed to the man he would later marry Ismail Merchant.  During the time of the editing of the film “Maurice”  after a screening Ismail Merchant walked into the offices on Broadway and started going off on Ivory, “You just must cut that scene people are snickering and it is distracting you from the film itself”.  The scene Merchant was referring to was when James Wilby and Hugh Hudson jump into bed together.  Ivory during this long-winded dressing down by Merchant remained calm as cool hand Luke and said nothing.  I would later show the film in Toronto and the scene remained in the film.

Ivory always thought that Americans have such a hang-up seeing naked men and in his screenplay “Call Me By Your Name”, there is a lot of nudity but both the actors in the film had it in their contracts , ‘no frontal nudity’, something Ivory has trouble understanding since no one cares about women frontal nudity so why men.



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