It has been barely a few days since sexually confused teen, Ben Mitchell, shared his first kiss with boxing spar partner, Joshua, but already everyone has an opinion – including his on screen dad!
Eastenders veteran, Steve McFadden – who plays hard man Phil Mitchell in the iconic BBC soap has voiced an opinion as to how he thinks his on screen alter-ego will react when he finds out his son is gay.
It hasn’t been long since Ben (Joshua Pascoe) returned from Spain, and Phil, ever the control freak, set his mission to erase all the female nurturing he would have been smothered with by his grandmother.
But is seems that the plan to toughen Ben up with boxing has well and truly backfired for Phil when Ben starts a homosexual relationship with spar partner, Duncan, and Steve McFadden thinks that Phil will never be able to accept or come to terms with his sons sexuality.
He said: “Ben being gay isn’t the worst thing in the world for Phil. But it’s just not how he wants his son to be. I don’t thiink he’ll accept it if Ben ever comes to him and admits that he’s gay.”
Steve added: “Phil has this romantic notion of fatherhood, and what his son should be like as he grows up.
“He wants Ben to be more like Jay – someone who’s useful with his fists and into more macho things.”
The 52-year-old actor recently told TV Choice how impressed he was with Joshua’s handling of the storyline.
He said: “When I was at drama school I played a gay character and had to take my clothes off on stage. I know how embarrassed I was, and I was 25 at the time – Joshua’s only 16.
“But it’s a great storyline for EastEnders to be doing and I think Phil’s reaction is pretty common, so people will relate to it. Coming out isn’t just about one person – it’s about the whole family.”