(This post was originally posted by Flaming Nora on the Coronation Street Blog October 2017, reposted to this blog with permission.)
There's a wonderful interview with Connor McIntyre, who plays Pat Phelan in Coronation Street in The Radio Times today. (It's ok. There are no spoilers in the interview) Tonight in Corrie marks the start of Phelan's biggest and darkest week so far in the soap. And as you can tell from the picture above, it looks like daughter Nicola is going to get on the dark side of her dad too.
Connor talks to Radio Times about playing a proper Corrie villain and how he knows that fans are expecting Phelan to get his comeuppance too.
He says: " The reaction I usually get is, ‘you’re so horrible. We really hate you. But we don’t want them to kill you yet.’ The only time it gets disturbing for me is when it’s older people, whose memory isn’t quite what it was. So they see my face and they know it doesn’t have good associations. That’s when I rush over to put them at their ease. It really upsets me to see anyone get genuinely frightened.”
He also talks about the creative side of his life - acting and painting - and talks philosophy too. He really does come across as a great guy in real life, far removed from Phelan of course, which is the mark of a very good actor.
Read the full interview here.
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