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Actor Brian Capron on "Corrie's" Richard

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Q - What problems has Richard been having since he got back from honeymoon?
A - Richard got back from honeymoon to find out that a bail hostel is being built next to his luxury flats and they’ve halved in value. Basically it cost him £300,000 to fit up the flats and now suddenly he’s got to sell them at a loss. He owes the bank a lot of money and he’s up the creek without a paddle.

Q - How bad an effect does the bail hostel have on Richard’s finances?
A - Richard’s facing complete financial ruin. He took a £300,000 loan out from the bank for the flats, now they’re suddenly selling at £60,000 and the most he’s going to get back is £240,000. It’s all spiralling out of Richard’s control. His agenda is to look after his family and provide for them but his professional credibility is crumbling away. He’s desperate, he knows he can’t let anyone get a hint of his financial troubles because once his clients start suspecting something they’ll lose confidence and he’ll be ruined. Richard’s getting very close to the edge and he knows he needs to take drastic action to survive.

Q - Richard’s also having trouble at the bank. What’s their take on his situation?
A - Richard’s had a bad time with the flats but he’s shown to be completely incompetent by the bank. They accuse him of relying on short-term fixes and tell him to sort out his cash flow or they’ll declare him bankrupt. It’s a double blow and Richard’s forced into a corner. He knows he needs to do something but he has no reserves to fall back on.

Q - Richard’s clearly in deep trouble. Does he have a long- term financial plan?
A - No. Richard seems to get by acting on the spur of the moment but this time he’s desperate. Richard concentrates on short-term fixes and never thinks about the long-term consequences of his actions. It’s like with the Duckworths; he needed to pay for the underpinning of the flats, they had cash to invest, so he just took the money off them, used it and thought he’d pay them back at a later date. Richard always presumes he’ll find a way out of what he does, he just relies on short-term fixes.

Q - How does Richard feel when Gail offers to re-mortgage the house to help him?
A - Richard’s in deep. When Gail offers to re-mortgage the house he fights it at first and I think that’s genuine. His raison d’etre is to provide for his family and he doesn’t want anyone to think he can’t look after them. He’s a proud man who doesn’t like admitting he’s in trouble but also he genuinely loves Gail and doesn’t want her to do anything to risk her security. Richard quickly realises though that he has no other option and reluctantly he accepts her offer.

Q - Will Gail see another side to Richard over the coming weeks as the pressure starts to get to him?
A - Yeah, she’ll see quite a nasty side to him. Richard’s on edge and he’s very snappy but he also needs Gail. He’d lose face by telling Gail everything, he’d be admitting his financial incompetence, but he does confide in her about his worries. Richard obviously really needs her and it’s quite a turnaround to see Gail being the one who has to be strong for him.

Q - How near does Richard come to confessing all to Gail?
A - Richard’s under severe pressure and he gets very close to confessing to Gail. But as he starts to open up she tells him how much she believes in him and how she knows he has to do difficult things for his family. Funnily enough it’s her faith in him that makes him stop. She plays the best card for him and in his head Richard uses what she says to justify what he’s doing. It’s Gail who pulls him through really, she’s almost like a mother figure to him. You can see that Richard wants to unburden himself and it’s only Gail’s blind faith in him that stops him confessing

Q - Audrey offers to lend Richard the money he needs to get back on track. Why doesn’t he take it from her?
A - Richard would never borrow money from Audrey because it would put him in a very vulnerable position, both with his clients and his family. He’s a very proud man and he doesn’t want people to think he can’t provide for his family, but also he knows Audrey’s a gossip and he doesn’t want her telling his clients he’s had to borrow money from her. Who knows if Audrey’s even got any money left anyway, Richard may have all her assets tied up but on the other hand the money could be well gone.

Q - Audrey had her doubts about Richard at first but with her now offering him money it seems he’s won her around?
A - Audrey didn’t trust Richard at all in the beginning but when her investments appeared to be doing well she began to trust him. Also she’s seen him around the family and with the children. She’s realised he really does love Gail and she now has full faith in Richard.

Q - Are you still enjoying playing Richard?
A - He’s a wonderful character to play and I’m enjoying every minute of it. I love the fact that Richard has two sides to him, there’s the loving family man and the psychopath. He’s got a real dark side to him, it’s kind of like a psychopathic nature. He comes across as this normal nice guy on the outside but if people knew what he’d dome they’d be stunned. In his head I think he seriously believes he loves his family but who knows what goes on in his head.

Q - How are people reacting to the storyline?
A - It’s great, it really seems to be capturing people’s imaginations. Everyone just wants to know what he’s going to do next and if he’ll kill Gail. I don’t know what the writers have got planned for Richard but he’s definitely not finished yet I can promise that. I think he’ll be homing in on one or two of the street’s best-loved residents. He’s definitely going to get nastier before he gets his comeuppance. Get the Inside Soap magazine on your iPhone or iPad

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