“Outlander” fans want to know why Will Strongheart was allowed anywhere near the show’s set.
“Outlander” audiences were disturbed to learn Strongheart was cast to play a small role as an English-speaking Native American named Tawodi in the episode “Common Ground”. They went to Outlander author Diana Gabaldon looking for answers.
“I have absolutely nothing to do with the casting,” Gabaldon said on Facebook. “Sometimes, they’ll tell me ahead of time who’s going to play a particular part, if it’s an important character and they want me to announce it here when whichever media outlet they/ve chosen [to] break it, but not otherwise.”
“And no, they didn’t tell me about any of the Native American actors except Tantoo Cardinal” she continued. “Naturally, I don’t think it’s good that this happened. On the other hand, I don’t think it’s reasonable to ask the production people to investigate the backgrounds of every actor they hire for a minor part.”
Strongheart’s criminal history came to public attention during the press run for his 2017 Canadian movie “Indian Horse”.
“I would like to address the story and photos that have resurfaced, and most importantly, offer my sincere apologies to those affected by my actions — especially to the women and their families who I have hurt resulting in pain and suffering that they did not deserve,” Strongheart previously told CBC.
“To those I have wronged and caused undue grief and anguish, I wish to extend the hope of reconciliation and healing with you,” he expressed. Strongheart admitted he caused “tremendous pain and trauma to women” while he was battling alcoholism and drug abuse, noting he has been sober since 2010.