‘David is on a mission to kill’
Coronation Street’s David Platt has been on autopilot since wife Kylie died in his arms on the cobbles, and feels as if he will never get over the loss of his beloved soulmate. Fortunately, Jack P Shepherd is on top form as he chats to TV Times about his alter-ego’s struggle – but he hasn’t always felt so chipper.
The 28-year-old admits that during the two weeks he and co-star Paula Lane filmed Kylie’s heart-wrenching demise, they both dug so deeply into their own emotions that they were left shattered by the experience.
‘We really took it home with us,’ reveals Jack. ‘We couldn’t sleep or eat and both of us lost weight. Everyone kept saying that when I turned to the side, you could see through me because I had nowt to lose in the first place.
‘The scenes with Paula were the most dramatic and emotional thing I’ve ever done – not just in acting, but ever. When I got home after filming, I couldn’t speak to anyone. It was weird, because I felt the loss, but nobody had actually died.’
It was tough for Jack’s fiancée Lauren Shippey, too, and their children – seven-year-old daughter
Nyla and son Reuben, aged two. Kylie’s death has David plotting revenge
Adds Jack: ‘Lauren was treading on eggshells. She just wanted to say, “Get a grip!” She’d never seen me like that before. When she watched the scenes later, she realised why I was like that.’
Jack is now back to his cheeky self, but David is struggling to cope with his grief and this week plots to kill Kylie’s murderer Clayton. ‘David has lost it,’ says
Jack. ‘He’s on a mission to kill Clayton because his defence are going for manslaughter and he can’t risk him being out in five years.
‘David’s done a recce of the court to see if he can smuggle a weapon in, but that’s not possible. So he’s come up with another idea...’
The plan will be executed next week when ITV hosts a special Super Soap Week with both Emmerdale and Coronation Street screening some high-stakes drama.
‘When I first heard about the storyline, I wasn’t over the moon with it as I’m not a big fan of anything that involves stunts,’ says Jack. ‘I prefer the dialogue and drama of a conversation between two people, but it has been done exceptionally well and I think audiences will really enjoy it.’
Will it reach the emotional heights of Kylie’s death scene?
‘Nothing is going to top that,’ laughs Jack. ‘That was the peak and it is all downhill from now!
‘I was really proud of what Paula and I did. We wanted to touch people and that is what we did.’
Jack confesses that he hasn’t had time to miss Paula, and almost feels as if she is still there because Kylie is talked about such a lot.
‘At the minute I don’t miss her because she’s being spoken about and there’s lots of drama going on. I think it will feel weird when we are doing everyday normal Platt scenes, like everyone sitting down for breakfast and having a laugh.’
Paula left the show in July to have her second child, Penny Grace, but Jack hasn’t seen the baby yet as a crisis with his own kids meant he had to cancel plans to visit.
‘We were going to see them, but Reuben accidentally tore
Corrie star talks to about the toll Kylie’s death took on him both on and off screen
cornea. He was having his nappy changed, waved his arm and caught her eye,’ he explains.
‘But we’ve scheduled a weekend away this month with both our families, which will be nice.’
Jack has been in Corrie since 2000 and he has no plans to leave the soap just yet.
‘I have always said that
I will stay here as long as I’m getting stories, and I’ve had a really good couple of years. I like what I’m doing,’ he says. ‘I would go out of my mind if I were just going into Roy’s Rolls for a bacon barm; I couldn’t do that. As long as
I’m getting these dramatic stories,
I will stay.’
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