Michael Le Vell, who has played mechanic Kevin Webster since 1983, has revealed that he played a very different character on the soap before getting the role of Kevin.
Michael talked about his life in the movie "What to Watch." He discussed how he never imagined that he would still play Kevin 40 years later, and what character he portrayed when he first stepped foot on the cobbles.
No, no. I was in for Neil Grimshaw''s first show. They said they''d find something else for me when they saw him. "I wasn''t up for Kevin Webster," he revealed.
It was assumed that when Michael was waiting in a corridor to audition for a programme called, that he was not there for the Kevin Webster audition instead.
"I returned the next day and had an audition for 12 episodes. So I went off to do panto and got a letter saying can I return. That was about 40 years ago.
Michael played a troublesome paperboy during his brief stint on the soap, who would cause chaos for The Kabin staff as he throws newspapers into peoples gardens rather than post them.
After legend Bill Roache, who plays Ken Barlow, said he would like to stay on the soap until he is 100 years old, he also opened up about his future on the soap.
He revealed: It''s a nice thought! As long as you keep remembering your lines and where you work and getting there every day, naturally. That''s what we do, and we do know that you won''t have to retire when youre 65 because they still want older characters.
According to some actors, you don''t retire from acting, but acting retires you. If your face doesn''t fit, you dont fit. If my face still fits in 37 years'''' time, I''ll be happy.
Michaels'' 40th birthday will be announced on the show next year, and it seems like he has no obligation to leave just yet, as he still enjoys playing the long-standing character.
I love it. I''m sure you''ll like it every week. I''ve actually been blessed with the actors I''ve been assigned, which makes my job so much easier.
It''s not like coming to work with you know, Sally Dynevor, and Sally Carmen, as well. I''ve been fortunate.
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