Coronation Street star Andrew Lancel – who plays rapist Frank Foster – has revealed that although his character still loves Carla Connor (Alison King) he doesn’t love her enough to plead guilty to attacking her.
As fans of the show will know, next week, Frank goes on trial, and in order to keep up the suspense, two endings have been filmed; one in which he’s found not guilty, and another in which he’s convicted and goes to prison.
Speaking to Soaplife about the drama, and about Frank’s feelings for Carla, Andrew said, “We know Frank still loves Carla deep down, but if he is forced to choose between Carla’s tears and saving his own skin he will go for self-preservation every time.
“Frank will go to any lengths to get off this charge and stay out of prison.
“He is twisted enough to believe he has done nothing wrong, and he’ll lie, cheat and manipulate to make everyone believe his version of events…
”The rape storyline was so well received by both the public and experts because of the way it was written and because of how well Alison [Carla] played her part.
“But people can’t figure Frank out and are saying to me on a daily basis, ‘What’s gonna happen? Is he going down?’ I’m thrilled with the reaction.”
However, one of his co-stars who’s not as thrilled as one might imagine with his current storyline, is Chris Fountain, who’s told the PA that kissing Michelle Keegan – who plays Tina McIntyre – wasn’t at all sexy!
Chris and Michelle’s characters, Tommy and Tina, are of course about to embark on a romance.
Chris said, “When you’re doing kissing scenes there’s about 50 people all watching so it’s like the least sexy thing you would ever imagine.
“So it’s a bit awkward in that sense.”
“It’s a job, and I’m playing somebody else so it’s nothing to be taken too personally.
“It’s an interesting storyline, it’s taking ups and downs at the minute. I myself don’t even know exactly where it’s going, but I’d like to see where it ends up.”
Don’t we all Chris, don’t we all…