'Heartbreaking' scenes as Ryan fears he will never have love in Corrie
Heartbreaking scenes in Coronation Street will see Ryan Connor (Ryan Prescott) face the full extent of his injuries following his acid attack, with the character fearing no-one would be able to love him.
Justin Rutherford (Andrew Still) returned to the soap with the intention of attacking Daisy Midgeley (Charlotte Jordan) with acid after she got him arrested for stalking her.
However, Ryan stood in front of Daisy just as Justin threw the liquid, making him the victim instead.
Ryan has been left with permanent scarring following the attack, and with his injuries not healing as doctors would have hoped, he was then hit with another blow after being told he needed a skin graft.
The revelation, coupled with him seeing his face for the first time following the life-altering attack, leads the character to run away from the hospital, later discovered traumatised by Carla Barlow (Alison King) and Daisy.
Speaking about the upcoming scenes, Prescott spoke about the mental toll his character faces after seeing his injuries.
‘This is one of those situations, as an actor, where it doesn’t take much to take me to that place because I am looking in the mirror and I have all these incredible prosthetics on,’ he said.
‘For Ryan, I don’t think he expects it to be as bad as it is. He has never seen major burns before so he doesn’t know what to expect and because he has been in bandages for so long he gets into a little comfortable zone with just wearing the bandages.’
He described these initial scenes as ‘heartbreaking’, saying the character feels like he is never going to find love again.
‘Once his facial injuries are revealed to him, it knocks it right out of him again. The initial glances are heartbreaking. The first time he sees his face, he is thinking, “I am never going to have love in my life again. I am going to be the one that people look at in the street.”
‘In that moment, all those feelings he was trying to ignore come rushing to the surface and he realises that there is no way this is going to heal and he is going to look like his burns haven’t been there. It confirms to him that this is going to affect every aspect of the rest of his life, no matter what.’
Upcoming scenes in the soap will see Justin plead not guilty at his plea hearing, with Ryan admitting he is terrified of the thought of reliving the whole nightmare in court.
Prescott has also spoken on the importance of the soap showing not just Ryan’s physical recovery, but also his emotional and psychological one, sayng its one of ‘the most important things to show in the storyline’.
‘Acid attack survivors can go through hundreds of operations, multiple skin grafts, years of facial reconstruction, a lifetime of trauma therapy and PTSD in trying to get to grips with certain factors, whether that be societal factors or identity factors,’ he continued.
‘Trauma has this impact on people; it’s always there and you are always carrying a part of it. Ryan is still in denial and will probably still be in denial for the next year ahead. It is a very long process and we want to show this.’
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