Ricky Whittle's Hollyoaks character Calvin Valentine will be dramatically killed off in May 2010 when an unidentified shooter sends a bullet flying into his chest on his wedding day to the love of his life Carmel McQueen.
To read why Ricky's decided to quit Hollyoaks and more about what happens in the episode, then click here to browse the main part of the interview. Here, though, are some extra helpings of goodness!
How did series producer Lucy Allan react to the news that you wanted to leave?
"She was very understanding and has a lot of faith in what I want to do. She asked if I could give the show another couple of months in order for them to write me a nice exit. Two weeks later, I was called into a meeting with Lucy and Tony Wood and they told me about their idea of a 'flashforward' episode with Calvin dying. It wasn't my idea to die, though - as an actor you always want that safety net of being able to come back to it! I joked, 'Could he not just upset someone, go on holiday for a while or move away?' then he could come back in a year's time if Ricky's not working!"
Who's not happy with Calvin during the episode?
"I can reel off the people but I'm not sure why they're angry though because we've not filmed it! You've got Zak and Des who are angry with him - they're very aggressive and Calvin even ends up punching Zak in the reception because of some racist comments, which will seem very out of Zak's character.
"Rhys also has a strong word with Calvin about something. This is a character that Calvin doesn't really interact with at the minute. The last time we saw those two speak was when Calvin was kissing his sister Beth literally about two years ago, so he's another one.
"All the McQueens have beef with Calvin, too - you've got Jacqui who's just found out about Calvin's affair with Mercedes, you have Michaela who's upset because Calvin's smacked Zak. Or could there be more to it with Michaela?
"Even though Sasha, Lauren and Spencer are family, they seem to be giving Calvin evils, too. There are so many hooks in this episode people will want to know what's going on straight away. They'll spend the next six months trying to figure out why people were acting the way they were in the flashforward - and, of course, understand who would want to kill Calvin."
Who would you like to have shot Calvin?
"I think it'd be a big shock if it were someone like Warren. Just because I'd get to work with Jamie Lomas again! I love him to bits, he's a wicked guy. There are so many different ways they could go with it - it could be a friend, a family member. It could even be Carmel! I had the idea that it could be a mistake and that the bullet was meant for someone else and Calvin gets in the way."
How did you cope with the fast turnaround of the episode?
"It was so bizarre. The script was written within days and we had it filmed and done within two weeks! Probably the biggest challenge we all faced was filming scenes for five months' time when we've not filmed what happens in between. There were scenes we didn't understand and you didn't know how far to take an option or a choice you make on the day. The great thing, though, is that the writers will be able to watch the episode back and write in a certain way, depending on how we all played a certain scene in the ep."
How's Strictly been impacting on your Hollyoaks schedule?
"They've been trying to work with each other. I've missed out on a lot of press and publicity on Strictly. I've not been able to do It Takes Two - I think I've done it three times in 12 weeks whereas everyone else has been on every week. They've done lots of VTs and promotions, but I've not been able to because I've been filming all the time. Obviously I've been getting to training already shattered because I'm doing 12-hour days, and then the other way round I've been getting to work shattered because I'm dancing 'til midnight! I'm quite lucky though, as I've almost got a photographic memory when it comes to lines - if I didn't, I wouldn't be getting to bed until two in the morning!"
Hollyoaks' 'flashforward' episode airs on Monday, December 21 at 6.30pm on Channel 4.
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