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Thursday 25 December 2014

Gilgun: Pressure of Misfits role

Joe Gilgun admits he was nervous about joining Misfits
Joe Gilgun admits he was nervous about joining Misfits

Joe Gilgun has admitted he felt huge pressure of taking over from Robert Sheehan in Misfits.

The This Is England star steps into an orange jumpsuit to play new character Rudy in the E4 show about teens with superpowers, and said Robert is a hard act to follow.

"Robert did such a good job as immortal Irish gobs***e Nathan, it put an awful lot of pressure on me. I just wanted to do well," he said.

He credits the "really sweet" cast for helping him settle in to the new job, but added: "We all bully each other a bit, just to keep morale up on set. Fun and games, though, nothing serious. They're like siblings."

Fun and games are promised for the third series, too, which sees the gang of offenders get to grips with all-new superpowers, having met a superpower dealer during last year's Christmas special.

Joe, of course, is sworn to secrecy when it comes to Rudy's special powers.

"You're going to ask me what superpower I'd have in real life, aren't you?" he said. "I'd like to be able to turn into a cup of tea. A flying cup of tea, with a cape!"

Describing Rudy, Joe said: "I think he is actually slightly sociopathic. He's rude, obnoxious and arrogant, but he's also quite sweet. He doesn't go out of his way to hurt people, he just doesn't seem to gauge thoughts or feelings very well."

:: Misfits begins on E4 on Sunday, October 30.

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