(This post was originally posted by Flaming Nora on the Coronation Street Blog November 2016, reposted to this blog with permission.)
Connor McIntyre, who plays Pat Phelan, gives a good interview to Inside Soap magazine this week.
When asked if Phelan would have killed Michael himself if he had been forced to, Connor says: "That's a good question! We've seen enough of him to know that he can spin on a sixpence but I don't think he's the bloodthirsty type. If he can do his dealings without any of that, all the best for him. He's more of an arch-manipulator."
He says that being talked of as the next Richard Hillman... "Those are big boots to fill. Hillman is the benchmark but in Pat they've created a fully rounded baddie we can relate to in some way."
And if there comes a point at which Phelan's crimes catch up with him, Connor says: "The guys upstairs decide that and the writing team are doing a fantastic job, so I have no anxieties. Put it this way - I'll be here for as long as there is work for Pat Phelan to do!"
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