EastEnders relaxed social distancing rules for dramatic Mick Carter showdown

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 28 December 2020
Danny Dyer

Danny Dyer

Although 'EastEnders' bosses still took the usual safety precautions, actors Danny Dyer and Simone Lahbib were allowed to get close to each other for the upcoming dramatic showdown between their characters

'EastEnders' relaxed social distancing rules for the dramatic showdown between Mick Carter and Katy Lewis.

Although soap bosses still took the usual safety precautions, actors Danny Dyer and Simone Lahbib were allowed to get close to each other as they filmed the emotional scenes where Mick confronts Katy about the sexual abuse she subjected him to when he was a teenager in a care home.

Danny told Digital Spy: "I think the big scene where Mick finally confronts Katy, it needed to be filmed that way so we could organically make it work, instead of the technicalities that come with filming socially distanced.

"It was important that we did those big scenes and we were able to really get in each other's faces. Mick really needs to express himself about what he's been going through. It's really interesting to see Katy's reaction she sort of gets off on it – it's like she likes Mick's pain which I think was really clever to show just how nasty the character is."

And Danny hopes the emotional scenes will help others who are dealing with similar pain.

He said: "I just hope that it shines a light on suicide [or suicidal feelings] – especially in men, who we know are at greater risk.

"I think men who, through time, haven't been known for really talking about feelings and expressing ourselves, which we know can make problems worse. It's so important to do that now – it's vital."

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