Joan Collins refuses to be nasty on screen

Joan Collins requested a script change while filming an upcoming episode of 'Benidorm' because she thought her character Crystal Hennessy Vass was being too nasty

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Joan Collins

Joan Collins

Joan Collins refused to be nasty on screen.

The 81-year-old actress - who plays hotel chain chief executive Crystal Hennessy Vass in the ITV comedy 'Benidorm' - requested the director change a scene in which her character was particularly nasty to the Solana hotel manager Joyce Temple Savage, played by Sherrie Hewson.

According to Sherrie, 64, Joan is the "best actress in the world" at playing bitchy characters but struggled to get through the scene as she worried she was upsetting her as the pair filmed the upcoming seventh series earlier this year.

Sherrie told the Daily Star newspaper: "My character has a massive run-in with Joan Collins' character.

"Crystal likes having a dig at Joyce and putting her down. Usually Joyce doesn't fight back, and Crystal likes that.

"Crystal is a bitch and Joan is the best actress in the world at playing that type of character. But she is lovely in person.

"In one scene Joan has to be particularly nasty to me. She turned to the director and said, 'I can't say this to Sherrie. Look how upset she looks. I adore her!'"

Also set to return to the series, which will air next year, is Jake Canuso, who stars as lothario barman Mateo.

The 44-year-old actor confessed there is trouble ahead for Mateo - who resorts to cosmetic surgery after worrying he looks too old to pull girls.

He said: "He gets Botox because young girls are starting to call him a pensioner. It required a lot of prosthetics. We only did it for one episode otherwise it would have been too much work.

"The hotel salon Blow and Go becomes a back-street Botox clinic. They run out of proper Botox, so they start using something that paralyses people's faces!"

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