Robson Green furiously walked off from acting role due to narcissistic co-stars
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Grantchester returns tonight at 9pm on ITV for a sixth series, picking up with the Vicarage family and the Keatings are on a summer break at Merries Holiday Camp, where the camp’s owner is found dead in suspicious circumstances. The 1950s crime drama, set in the Cambridgeshire village of Grantchester, has been on screens since 2014. It includes stars Robson Green, playing Geordie Keating, and Tom Brittney as Reverend Will Davenport.
Robson has always been an outspoken character away from the cameras, and once revealed that he has walked away from certain roles due to fallouts with other co-stars.
In an interview with the Belfast Telegraph in 2019, he explained why he loved his work on Grantchester but hadn’t enjoyed previous roles.
He said: “There’s a couple of things I’ve done where I’ve walked off, because I just can’t abide the people I’m working with,” he confides. “I mean, narcissism is part of the equation of being an actor, but my God, there’s different levels and scales. And I’ve been alongside most of them.
“But here (Grantchester) genuinely makes me happy. And I get paid for it – that’s a terrific thing to have in your life.”
In the same interview, he discussed the approaching season four departure of James Norton, who played Sidney Green.
While he was sad to see his co-star go, he added that he had good chemistry with his new colleague Tom.
He continued: “I think everybody was, deep down. But I was fortunate enough to do the chemistry reads with the actors who were going to replace James, way before the show was even starting filming.
“As soon as Tom came in, it was immediate. We just went, ‘Oh, that’s him. That’s the guy’.”
On his friendship with James, he added: “First and foremost we’re friends, we’re kindred spirits. So, that element’s never gone. But he doesn’t reply to texts. He’s terrible.
“But, my God, when he texts me, he wants a reply. I was in Australia, three o’clock in the morning, and he’s texting away, ‘I need to know this’, ‘I need to know this’. Well, I texted you the other day and you didn’t reply.”
The 56-year-old actor also spoke last year about how he had ruptured a disc in his lower back four years ago, “blacking out” on his way to Royal Ascot.
He suspects that the injury was sustained during a fishing trip.
Robson recalled: “I’d been in Costa Rica fishing for enormous marlin and remember my lower back tweaking as I landed one of about 800lbs.
“I sat down and had weird pins and needles in my legs.
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“I flew home and knew something wasn’t right as I got off the plane.”
Robson continued: “But I was taking my Uncle Maddison to Royal Ascot the next day so I tried to ignore it.
“We got dressed up in top hat and tails and were about to leave when I bent over to pick up my keys.”
He then said that the pain became too much, leading to him passing out.
Robson added: “It was like someone hit me in the back with a pickaxe and I blacked out with pain.”
The star told how when he came to his senses he realised he had vomited and was being asked by medical professionals if he had lost control of his bladder.
“When I came round there were two paramedics standing over me.
“I’d got vomit down my side, my legs were in spasm and Zoila, my partner, was there and very upset.”
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