He’s a character often surrounded by darkness, but Max Turner will return at his lowest ever ebb according to award winning actor Paddy Bever.
Max was incarcerated due to crimes relating to his grooming into a far right extremism gang.
David Platt (Jack P Shepherd) has been worried about the impact prison will have on him, and he is justified in this fear.
Max will face some serious adjustment when he comes back to the Street, with events seeing him spiral once more.
Paddy confirmed in an interview with Metro.co.uk: ‘I think it’s perhaps the lowest you’ll have seen him. He’s hugely vulnerable but also struggling, almost desperate to find some sort of hope.
‘He wants to find something that’ll make him carry on because I think he’s been completely ostracised by the community and even within prison he’s been bullied.
‘At every corner in Max’s life he’s just been victimised since he was a child. Since he was a child he’s been kind of left to do his own thing, while all of this chaos has happened around him.
‘He’s had so much damage done to him and now he’s forced to sit in a cell and think about everything he’s done wrong and think about his life thus far.
‘He’s only 16 and he’s been exposed to so much. You’re going to see him in a really dark place, I think, which is not exactly a first but it’s in a very different way.’
The relationship with David has been fractured of late and, while this tension will take a lot of fixing, Paddy reasoned that as David is the closest thing Max has to a dad, this won’t be broken forever.
‘There is so much love there, from both parties,’ the NTA winner reflected. ‘But I think there’s also consistent turbulence due the fact that Max is a lot like David was when he was Max’s age and I think that’s where David’s understanding part comes from.
‘This is the closest Max is ever going to get to a dad. He’s looked everywhere for a dad. Wherever he goes, as long as I’ve played Max, he’s searched for a family and the Platts are as close as he’ll ever get.
‘He’s lost both his parents and I think David is his rock, he’s the only person who’s been constant in Max’s life.
‘I think that relationship with David and Max, I don’t think we’ll ever see that fully broken, I think they’ll always have that. I hope they will.’
And, while it seems like it’s perpetual gloom for Max and there’s no way out of this, Paddy has weaved some hope of brightness into the ether.
‘We’re not far at all from getting to a place where he experiences some things that are going to motivate him a bit more in life and bring him a bit more joy,’ he said.
However, Paddy embraces playing the darker side, though admits he often feels ‘vulnerable’ in Max’s skin considering what he has done and what he goes through.
And, more than anything, he adores his colleagues in the Platt family.
‘I love working with Jack,’ he grinned. ‘We always have a lot to talk about because we have a big interest in TV and films so we talk a lot about what we’re watching. We’re really inspired by stuff we watch.
‘With all the Platts, I’m really, really fortunate. I wouldn’t choose any other family to be in.
‘I mean, everyone’s great but I love the Platts, it’s got such a family feel. Everyone’s so concerned for each other and cares for each other.
‘I think that is something you don’t get often. It’s almost surreal, it’s like a unique experience being an actor in a show like this in a family. I think that’s quite rare, so it’s quite exciting. It’s lovely.’
He added, with enthusiasm: ‘I feel like I don’t even remember what I was like before!
‘I feel I’ve learned so much about the world and about life and about people just from being here and talking to people – they have lived so much life.
‘I feel like people my age are either working with other people their age or are at university. I’ve got this really unique experience, where the people I’m working closest with, and the people I talk to most at work are quite a little bit older than me so I feel I’ve learned a lot more about the world.
‘I feel like I’ve changed drastically as a person because I’ve gone straight out of school into a working environment, working with people who are in their 20s, 30s, 40s, 50s, 60s, 70s and that is a rare experience for someone who is now 20!’
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