Graeme Hawley's Corrie confrontations
- Bang Showbiz
- 19 July 2010
'Coronation Street's Graeme Hawley says he gets confronted by crazed fans who are angry at his character John Stape's controversial behaviour
'Coronation Street's Graeme Hawley gets confronted by crazed fans who are angry at his character's behaviour.
The actor says people often come up to him and vent their frustrations about what his alter-ego John Stape has got up to, as they find it hard to separate between fact and fiction.
He told The Mirror newspaper: "It's a constant issue, people giving their opinions on your character. It comes with the job.
"You become a target in bars. I stayed away from pubs during the World Cup. I thought if England lose it would become my fault."
Graeme spoke out after he was once attacked by a fan who was furious at John's affair with schoolgirl Rosie Webster (Helen Flanagan), which was screened over two years ago.
A source said if the incident: "Graeme was really shaken up. He thought he was going to be badly beaten up by this lunatic. Sometimes fans can't separate fact from fiction and many of the cast have been subjected to verbal abuse over controversial storylines.
"But it is rare for someone to take things further and assault someone. Who knows what could have happened to Graeme? It has made him think twice about where he goes for a drink."