Sunday, September 24, 2023

Coronation Street star to deliver ‘nerve-wracking’ monologue in ‘difficult to film’ scenes


In tonight’s episode of the ITV soap opera Coronation Street, Justin Rutherford, who has pleaded not guilty to the acid attack on Ryan Connor and Daisy Midgeley, will go on trial.

Ryan Connor (Ryan Prescott) and Daisy Midgeley (Charlotte Jordan) of Coronation Street have been impatiently awaiting the start of Justin Rutherford’s (Andrew Still) trial.

Ryan and Daisy will have to deal with Justin again because he pleaded not guilty to the acid attack he committed against them.

In tonight’s episode, the trial opens with the reading of the opening arguments and the call of the first witness.

Actor Andrew Still opened up to and other media outlets about Justin’s lengthy monologue and his experience testifying in court.

The trial scenes were filmed over the course of a week, and since Justin is on trial, he is unavoidably inside a large glass defendant box in the court, according to Andrew.

“Since they filmed Happy Valley in this court, the defendant box is the one that Tommy Lee Royce, played by James North, climbed out of.

There are old, Victorian cells beneath the court, so I was going straight from there up into the box, which was strange because that court has so much history.

The days were long, and the final scene we shot was Justin taking the stand, and I had a three-page monologue to deliver, so it was quite nerve-wracking!

“I recall anticipating this one major scene for the entire week! I had a lot of anxiety before that scene, which was good because Justin would have had the same feeling since it was his last significant bet.

Being in Coronation Street, it was undoubtedly the longest speech I have ever given, and it was quite cathartic to get it all out there.

He admitted it would be the most “difficult” to do when talking about how he initially felt after reading the script and realizing Justin would be giving the testimony.

According to Andrew, “I was like, ‘Okay, this is the time for him to put everything on the table!'” I anticipated that this would be my most challenging scene to date.

“This is Justin’s chance to sway the jury and use all of his skills. I had the impression that one monologue encapsulated my six-month tenure on Coronation Street.

“Because a lengthy monologue like that is extremely uncommon in television. I really wanted to make the most of the scene because it felt quite theatrical and it was in a courtroom.

We will see how the viewers react to it when it airs on TV, but it felt like a challenge and I only had one or two chances to get it right because of how Coronation Street is filmed.

If the jury finds Justin not guilty, will he be released and cause more trouble for Daisy and Ryan?

Could Daisy or Ryan have to permanently leave Weathefield if Justin is released from custody because they are unable to stay in their house?


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