‘PHELAN CAN GET DARKER...
As Pat Phelan faces his toughest week yet, actor Connor Mcintyre reckons there’s scope for the builder to become more villainous than ever…
Pat Phelan’s been in some tight spots since he turned up in Coronation Street, but matters are about to get a lot more complicated! He’s promised to give kidnap victim Andy Carver his freedom, but he now realises he can’t trust him, so he has to come up with a plan. ‘Phelan decides to find a replacement hostage, thinking that if Andy does something that’s as bad as the things Phelan’s done, then Andy can’t ever go to the police. And there is a certain logic to it,’ Connor Mcintyre tells Soaplife. ‘As the pressure slowly mounts, he starts looking at Nicola Rubenstein, Anna Windass, Daniel Osbourne and all the other people he’s encountered. Phelan never forgets an injustice or an injury to him...’ So who’s the unlucky person?
Phelan’s usually very confident in himself. How confident is he that he won't get caught this time, too?
He’s feeling the pressure, but that’s when he’s at his most dangerous and when he acts. When things are all calm and cool, he’s usually quite benign. But when the heat gets turned up for him, he gets more decisive in his actions and, actually, starts to see things very clearly.
What are his thoughts when Nicola starts asking about his past?
Nicola’s been trawling through Phelan’s history, so she presents a different picture of Pat to the one he has of himself. When you’re dealing with a narcissist, that’s very difficult and, in Phelan’s case, dangerous.
Since she turned up in Weatherfield, Nicola’s seemed to have been a good influence on Phelan’s life. Why does he suddenly snap now?
He’s just found her and she’s had this really calming influence on him. But now he sees the prospect of losing her again – and that makes him very volatile. This is now in the mix as the pressure mounts. Add on to that Daniel sniffing around, Eileen being oblique, Anna in the background… It’s getting very intense for Phelan.
Phelan makes a final decision about his hostages. Is this the darkest side of him we’ve ever seen?
It’s the darkest we’ve seen to date, but he can go darker, I’m sure of that. If you cross a particular line, that’s it with him. So, can he get darker? Yes, certainly.
What has the viewers’ reaction been to this latest turn of events?
They were really rooting for him to turn the corner, then came the Andy shock and they were like, ‘Oh no!’ The response was very interesting because we have seen the potential for him to turn over a new leaf because he does have redeeming qualities. It’s all good. But it’s only one component of Corrie, which is on fire at the moment.