Hollyoaks stunt week: Star Gary Lucy on the CARNAGE Luke will cause
With Hollyoaks stunt week underway, Gary Lucy who plays volatile and vulnerable Luke Morgan reveals the TOTAL CARNAGE his character is set to cause in Chester!
Brace yourselves for some devastating drama in Hollyoaks. With stunt week kicking off yesterday (Monday Oct 28, see our TV Guide for full listings) star Gary Lucy reveals how his character Luke Morgan will be in the thick of the action as events spiral DANGEROUSLY out of control and LIVES ARE ON THE LINE.
Monday's episode saw an emotional Luke tearfully cradling baby DJ at his christening, secretly knowing that he was the tot's real father while his oblivious ex, Mandy Richardson (Sarah Jayne Dunn) and her partner Darren Osborne (Ashley Taylor Dawson), played happy families. Tonight alcoholic Luke cracks and hits the booze with DEVASTATING consequences that puts the whole of Hollyoaks in danger...
Here Hollyoaks star Gary Lucy tells us more.....
As stunt week has kicked off can you tell us how Luke will be involved?
"Hollyoaks stunt week is always a week to look forward to in the calendar. The last stunt I was involved in was when they blew up the school and it was fantastic. This particular stunt week is centred around a crane, which is perilously standing on the uneven ground above the roman tunnels. Luke falls off the wagon and ultimately he unintentionally wrecks the Hollyoaks village."
Luke is basically responsible for the destruction in the village, how does he feel about that?
"Yes carnage seems to follow him everywhere he goes! He feels terrible, but it’s completely unintentional, he doesn’t mean to do it. Obviously he’s fallen off the wagon and his choices always bring disaster."
How was the stunt to film, and how does it compare to previous stunts you’ve been involved in?
"I really enjoyed it. In true Hollyoaks style everyone pulled together and it was a pleasure to be a part of. I can’t wait to see the end result because everyone has worked really hard on it, both cast and crew. I was happy that it was the originals back together smashing the place up."
How does Luke feel knowing that he is DJs real father?
"It completely spins him out. He feels a whole mix of emotions. As a father, I can relate to how heart breaking it must feel to have lost out on all of the times with baby DJ, the big moments. Especially in regards to Luke not having a choice and not being around when his older son, Ollie, was growing up, I think it’s going to cause a lot of upset and a lot of emotional turmoil for him."
How difficult is it for Luke to keep that secret from Darren?
"As hard as it is I think Luke makes the right call and realises that it’s the right thing to do, to not break up the family unit that is forming with Darren and Mandy. Plus, he’s fallen off the wagon at this point so he’s not sure if he is capable of being the dad that the baby deserves. It was devastating for him to watch them be a happy family at DJ's christening. He felt he should have been up there with DJ but he makes what he feels is the right decision, the very selfless decision, to not tell Darren."
Luke's been away for a while. How is it being back on set?
"I’ve loved being back, it’s been great. I’ve got so many friends at Hollyoaks, so many old time friends, it’s just lovely. It honestly feels like I’m back at home every time I walk through the door and they always welcome me with open arms. I’m thoroughly enjoying it and looking forward to the stories going forward."
Hollyoaks is shown weekdays on C4 at 6.30pm with the next episode following on E4
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