Downton Abbey: Michael Fox almost fainted at sight of fake blood
- Bang Showbiz
- 19 October 2015
'Downton Abbey' actor Michael Fox has confessed he almost fainted at the sight of Hugh Bonneville vomiting fake blood
Downton Abbey actor Michael Fox almost fainted during Hugh Bonneville's blood vomiting scene.
Michael – who plays footman Andrew Parker in the much-loved period drama - has confessed he felt a bit 'faint' at the sight of fake blood spurting out of Bonneville's character Robert Crawley's mouth while shooting last night's (18.10.15) episode.
He said: 'When you see the blood, blood drains out of your face. Well, I do. I feel quite faint when I see that sort of thing, so I'm in the background thinking, "Oh my God" [pretends to be sick], but no, I couldn't do that!'
Viewers took to social media to compare the scenes – in which the Earl of Grantham suffered a burst ulcer and vomited blood all over the table during a dinner party – to something out of a horror movie and even described it as a 'bloodbath'.
And Michael has confessed that it was shocking for the cast to see even though they knew it was coming.
He told ITV's This Morning: 'Filming it was pretty graphic. Hugh was so good at it because we only had one take because they couldn't reset the tables and his shirt. The distance it [the blood] travelled was slightly further than Elizabeth [McGovern, Lady Mary Crawley] was expecting. We had to keep going.'