Mikey North has described the “nerve-wracking” experience of filming a socially distanced stunt on Coronation Street. The Gary Windass actor detailed what he “got away with” while shooting dramatic upcoming scenes.
The 33-year-old said he likes to do his own stunts where he can, after first joining Corrie back in 2008.
His latest storyline will see his character being mowed down by an oncoming car.
It was reworked to adhere to new safety precautions amid the coronavirus pandemic.
When Rick Neelan’s (played by Greg Wood) engraved watch is found in the woods, Sarah Platt (Tina O’Brien) demands answers from Gary.
“I enjoy it, it’s one of the best parts of the job for me so luckily they let me do it. I was on the bonnet of the car and it was good fun, I really enjoy it, getting bashed about.
“The stunt guy showed me what to do and it was quite wet on the bonnet actually and I thought I’m going to lose my grip and probably get hit by the car, but luckily I got away with it somehow but it was pretty nerve-wracking, the first take.”
Director David Kester added: “Because of social distancing, Mikey cannot touch Tina or push her away and that is integral to the stunt, because his character has got to look heroic and that he has saved her.
“We are cheating it by using a mannequin from Underworld and if we shoot it in the right way, making it a tight shot and we do it very quickly, it will work and will still sell the idea that he has pushed her.”