Hello and welcome to A Slice Of Soap. Former Brookside actor Michael Starke has revealed what a struggle it was to film his latest dramatic Coronation Street scenes. His character Jerry (or Sinbad/Jerry as I’ve dubbed him) tries to run after a group of yobs who have been terrorising the street – but he pays the price for his efforts. The kebab-shop owner suffers severe breathing trouble and is taken seriously ill in the Rovers.
"I’ve never had to play a heart attack before, this is my first and last I hope," says Liverpool-born Michael.
"We had medical people on stand-by to make sure what we did was authentic. Heart attacks do get people in different ways of course," he continues.
"I had an idea of what it would be like by asking around, but what I discovered is that when you have the actual attack it stops you in your tracks. It was a bit difficult because we had to do it so many times. We shot it over a few days and it had to be consistent."
Corrie fans – do you think the scriptwriters are trying to drop a planet Mars-sized hint to the ex-Brookside actor to consider losing a pound or 70? Let’s face it, he does look a bit like a heart attack waiting to happen and I’ve lost count of the number of fat jokes that have slipped into the script since he’s been there. I don’t remember Michael Starke looking that big in Brookside. He’s soooo overweight now – I swear he leaves footprints on’t cobbles…
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