Sunday, 2 June 2019

Gary Windass Unveiled as New Corrie Villain

The identity of the factory saboteur and Coronation Street’s new villain has finally been revealed.

After months of speculation, finger pointing and debate, millions of viewers saw bad boy builder Gary Windass unveiled as the man behind the death of Rana Habib.

Gary was heard listening to a message he had left on Sarah’s phone where he confessed everything - but Weatherfield’s residents are still unaware of the truth as he deleted the message before Sarah heard it.

In the coming weeks and months Nick is still suspect number one on the street but viewers will see Gary carry on with his life, hiding the huge secret from everyone.

And in a bid to get his life back on track Gary will be seen getting drawn into Rick Neelan’s murky money lending business..

Step forward Gary Windass - Corrie’s new resident villain.

Here actor Mikey North talks about taking on this new challenge, his feelings about Gary being the man behind the factory collapse and his new life of crime.

How did you feel when you found out it was going to be Gary who was responsible for the factory collapse?
I found out a good few months ago, it’s been hard keeping it under wraps for so long, it’s been helpful that Gary’s been off the radar really, you never really thought that he was the number one suspect, there’s been little bits brought in, his reaction when Sarah asked him about it was maybe a slight signpost to his guilt but it’s been helped by the fact he was under the radar. If you watch it back now though you will see subtle clues that it was him. You’ll see him in the background watching Imran go about his work and he’s looking pretty guilty.

Is it hard to play those subtle hints without giving it away?
The tendency as an actor is to put that into every scene and carry it with you but that might have given the game away too soon here. Plus Gary has had other things to contend with which have kept him quiet so I’ve scaled his reaction back.

Have you had to keep quiet amongst family and friends?
It’s not been widely known that it was me and I’ve kept it like that, I remember going up to see the boss and it was exciting to learn what’s in store for Gary. It’s definitely been great to play and there’s lots more to come yet.

When members of the public have been coming up to you asking you who did it have you had a fall guy?
Yes Nick all the way, he looked pretty guilty didn’t he?! Nick and David hate on poor Windass in every scene, even when it’s not scripted, so I was more than happy to blame Nick haha.

So why did Gary sabotage the roof?
He was desperate for work, he and Sarah were sleeping on air beds at the Platts and Gary couldn’t get any work, then there was Carla sitting on the fact that the factory roof needed fixing. It wasn’t going to fall down any time soon but Gary thought if he could speed up that process he’d force her hand into getting the work done sooner. He damaged the roof a bit more, intending to hurry things along, but it still wouldn’t have come down if Gina and Sally hadn’t been up on it protesting. He didn’t expect anyone to be in the building at the weekend when he tampered with it and he certainly never intended for anyone to get hurt. He was just desperate to get some work, but like always with Gary he does something in the heat of the moment then is left paying the price.

So how did he feel when he heard that Rana had died?
Shocked and devastated, then left trying to hide his guilt. Gary never set out to hurt anyone, he just wanted a better life for he and Sarah, everything he did he did for Sarah but as time goes on and Sarah starts to distance herself from Gary it looks like that it was all for nothing.

Is Gary consumed by his guilt?
There are moments when he’s so weighed down by it but Gary comes out fighting. He’s desperate to hold onto Sarah and he’s suddenly got even bigger things to worry about with Rick. One problem is suddenly eclipsed by another. If he thought things were bad after the factory collapse then life is about to get a whole lot worse for Gary.

Will we see a return to the Gary of old?
Gary’s darker, edgier side has always been there, he’s a Windass after all. When he first started in the show he was very hot headed and always getting into trouble but then he joined the army and I think that straightened him out a bit. But Gary’s always been unpredictable and after suffering with PTSD when he left the army that part of his personality has started to rear its head again. We’ve seen it when he tackled Phelan, we’ve seen it through his feud with Seb and we’re going to see a very different Gary over the coming months.

So is Gary Corrie’s next big villain?
He’s not a villain as such in the guise of Phelan, but he’s definitely on the wrong side of his law. Gary suddenly has a lot more to contend with, he’s fighting for his survival and that’s what makes Gary so dangerous. Everything he’s done was for Sarah so when she turns his back on him he’s got nothing more to lose and that makes him much more dangerous. Gary is in deep and he’s effectively fighting for his life. Gary’s not evil, he’s done a very bad thing and he’ll have to live with that for the rest of his life, but is he prepared to go to jail for it? Maybe not and now he’s got Rick on his back as well we’ll see Gary come out fighting and I love playing that edge to him. Gary can make very rash decisions and then is forced down a path of no return.

Were you worried when you heard the direction the character was going in, given that soap villains usually have to pay the price for their crimes?
It did cross my mind but as an actor you have to relish being given these storylines and I’m so excited to see what they’re going to throw at me. I’ve been here for over 10 years now and this is the most exciting period of time in Gary’s life. You want big storylines so I’ll take whatever they can throw at me. I don’t think Gary has any intention of being caught for a long time yet and he won’t go down without a fight that’s for sure. The stakes are high now for Gary and he’s got nothing to lose.

Going forward what are we going to see from Gary?

This is the start of the next chapter in Gary’s life and I can’t wait to get stuck in and see what the writers have in store for him, bring it on I say.

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Humpty Dumpty said...

I'm not sure about Gary as the new villain. Ian McLeod said: "We're designing a character who can stay in the show forever as an antagonist just messing up everyone's lives.' He meant someone like Mike Baldwin, self-serving and ruthless, which sounds very much like Nick. Gary is more John Stape but without the humour. Well, I thought he was funny. Nick has lost his moral compass but Gary still has his. Unfortunately, it often malfunctions and sends him off in the wrong direction.

coconno196 said...

"A better life for he and Sarah"??!! I have no problem with Lancashire accents and expressions, but please get the grammar right. Either "he wants a better life for him and Sarah / for Sarah and him" or "he and Sarah want a better life".

popcorn said...

@coconno 196 - These blurbs are written by ITV - not Gary and definitely not Glenda, who understands grammatical correctness. ITV has had this same writer for at least a couple of years. I have written twice to ITV suggesting that they find someone who understands the difference between subject and object pronouns, but of course, have received no reply. This misuse bothers me every time I see it. England is the home of the English language. Surely to goodness they can find someone who can use it correctly!

Anonymous said...

I'm sorry but Gary has never demonstrated shock or guilt over Rana's death as he denied being responsible to Sarah and drinking in the pub with Imram and Nick and being served by Johnny who would have been Rana's father in law without a second thought.
I also don't believe that Gary didn't think that anyone would get hurt as on the day the roof collapse,he took the day off[it was his birthday]to spend it with Sarah to ensure she didn't join the factory girls on their strike.
Izzy is going to feel extremely angry when it comes out about Gary sabotaging the roof when she realises that she could have died leaving Jake without his mother because of Gary's actions and the only person he cares about is Sarah whom he protected from the roof collapse.

Anonymous said...

They have/had a resident Corrie villain in for the long haul in Tracy Barlow. After the negative reaction to her antics over a sustained time period they decided to humanize her. So why make this mistake once again? Villains in soap are a temporary plot device and viewers need to see a comeuppance because in real life criminals get off scot free and sometimes prosper and get get elected to high office. Soaps are an escape from reality.

Laura said...

Exactly! I, for one, will never accept Tracy, can't stand her and only think of her as a murdering, selfish cow who should still be in prison, not making bad jokes arranging flowers and married to the man who never actually loved her or even stand the sight of her!

Anonymous said...

Gary is too weedy to be a villain. He couldn't knock the skin off a rice pudding!

Anonymous said...

Jeanie: Agree! Gary doesn't have the presence or force of character to be a villain--either in the Phelan or Mike Baldwin vein. He's just too weak and full of self-pity--always a victim of circumstance and his own reactive, impulsive nature.

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