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Corrie's Tony: 'Canal stunt was difficult'

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Corrie's Tony: 'Canal stunt was difficult'
Coronation Street actor Gray O'Brien has admitted that he found it difficult to film his character's dramatic canal scenes.

The soap star's murderous alter ego Tony Gordon ends up in the Weatherfield canal with Roy Cropper (David Neilson) next week following an after-dark confrontation between the pair.

O'Brien told The Paul O'Grady Show: "I'm not a great swimmer. You were standing in silt and you couldn't move. They were saying, 'Just pretend to swim'. I couldn't actually move my legs. I was glued!

"But we did the underwater stuff up at Fleetwood in a four-metre tank, and four metres is double the depth of an ordinary pool. Your ears go when you touch the bottom and stuff. I found it very difficult."

He added: "I have to say that David Neilson was absolutely brilliant. [But] I found it really difficult to hold my breath underwater."

Strait-laced café owner Roy has been aware of Tony's involvement in the murder of Liam Connor (Rob James-Collier) since last month.

Neilson recently told DS that the stunt filming "wasn't scary because it's all very controlled". Get the Inside Soap magazine on your iPhone or iPad

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