Coronation Street star Maximus Evans calls for Seb flashbacks to air

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Coronation Street star Maximus Evans has suggested that the ITV soap should delve deeper into Seb Franklin's final moments.

The actor's character Corey Brent is currently at the centre of a huge storyline, after leading a gang of thugs who killed Seb last week.

Seb (Harry Visinoni) and his girlfriend Nina Lucas (Mollie Gallagher) were targeted in a hate crime. Corey and his friends mocked Nina for her alternative identity, before chasing and attacking her and Seb.

Much of the attack took place off screen, partly as the scenes would have been difficult to film with social distancing rules in place. However, this has also created ambiguity on screen over exactly what happened to Seb and who was most involved.

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Photo credit: ITV

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Asked whether we could see flashbacks in the future, Maximus told Digital Spy and other media: "Yes, I hope so. Obviously it was very interesting because with COVID, we've had to change the way that we work on set – especially the two metre rule, which is a very vital thing.

"So it was hard ultimately and I praise Harry and Mollie for their convincing beatings, without anyone there to do the kicking.

"I hope that in the future we do see the full extent of the attack, just to add to that sense of reality and how brutal it truly is."

Corey is currently trying to cover his tracks in order to stay out of trouble with the police. He has already been brought in for questioning, but was released pending further enquiries.

Photo credit: ITV
Photo credit: ITV

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Discussing how Corey is feeling at the moment, Maximus explained: "There was definitely a sense of guilt as soon as Corey realised his true actions and what they had caused. But it's with characters like Asha and his dad Stefan where we really see his vulnerability. Then the guilt starts to creep in.

"Going forward, we do see that he'll start to comprehend what he's done, which is a hideous act of violence.

"I think what we'll see is all dependant on who he's interacting with. Especially when he's with his father, there's a power shift and he's confident that his dad can help him out, because of his privileged upbringing.

"Otherwise, it'll be interesting in the coming weeks to see how Corey responds to somebody like Asha, or how other people on the Street respond to him."

Coronation Street airs on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 7.30pm on ITV.

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Anyone who has witnessed or experienced a hate crime is urged to call the police on 101, Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or visit the True Vision website. In an emergency, always dial 999.

Coronation Street has worked on the current storyline alongside The Sophie Lancaster Foundation, which was set up to challenge prejudices and intolerance towards people from alternative subcultures, and extend UK hate crime legislation, following the murder of Sophie Lancaster in 2007.

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