March 13, 2018 12:00:39by

Corrie star 'couldn't stop crying' after harrowing scenes following David's rape

Corrie star \'couldn\'t stop crying\' after harrowing scenes following David\'s rape

Actor Jack P Shepherd has opened up about how filming the harrowing aftermath of character David Platt's rape has affected him.

Over the past few weeks, Coronation Street viewers have watched David grow close to Josh Tucker as he helps train him for the upcoming charity boxing match.

While David currently thinks of Josh as a new pal, viewers have been watching with unease as the new mechanic is set to drug and rape him during a night out in scenes airing on Friday.

Rather than seeing the actual rape, viewers will instead watch David wake up in Josh's bed as he remembers what has been done to him. And when he confronts Josh, the cobbles newcomer firmly believes he's done nothing wrong.

In a recent interview Jack, who has played David over the last 18 years, opened up about the effect the scenes had had on him.

Speaking about how difficult it was to get into David's headspace following what had happened, he said: "This is potentially one of the darkest places David has been in – he was obviously massively affected by Kylie’s death, but everyone knew about that and were looking out for him and even though he didn’t really want to talk about it in depth it wasn’t a secret.

"This time it’s just all in his head – he has no outlet, he doesn’t speak to anyone and the only other person who knows is his attacker and he’s enjoying winding David up and having power over him. David is tormented and the viewer needs to see that, so for David to break down it needs to feel real and not forced.

"It’s very emotional and after one scene I couldn’t stop crying."

He admitted that, after filming those kind of intense scenes, it could take a while to "shake it off".

"I just need to take myself off somewhere on my own and get rid of David," Jack said.

Jack also spoke about what happens the morning after the rape.

"David is a bit confused at first as to where he is, but then as he comes to he sees a photo of Josh and then sees his own clothes neatly folded and a note from Josh saying he has gone for a run and he will catch him later," he said. "You can see from David’s reaction that the truth of what has happened is dawning on him. He leaves the flat and goes straight home."

David "doesn't want anyone to know" about what has happened because he is "ashamed" and wants to try an pretend that it didn't happen.

"He feels there is no way he can tell Shona or his mum or sister what has happened because he’s disgusted and embarrassed," Jack said.

David next sees Josh the next day: "He even brings David a protein shake and David throws him out and says he knows what Josh did to him."

When he says it quietly so that Gail doesn't hear upstairs, Josh picks up on it and realises David hasn't told anyone, giving him the power.

"Josh is a little bit rattled but brazens it out and tells David that it was consensual," Jack revealed. "He starts implying that David is gay and because David can’t remember the exact details of what happened it’s really difficult for him to deal with and he starts to doubt himself a little bit."

Speaking about why he felt that it was an important story to tell, Jack said: "In showing how David struggles to cope with what happened to him and the effect not speaking to anyone then has on him, hopefully people will start talking about the storyline.

"It could help someone who has gone through something similar to realise the need to open up."

*Coronation Street airs Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 7.30pm and 8.30pm on ITV