Max Turner (Paddy Bever) will return to Coronation Street soon after spending time in an STC, something that only occurred because of his involvement in Griff Reynolds’ (Michael Condron) extremism gang.
Griff and his mates groomed and manipulated Max into thinking his friends and family didn’t care about him anymore.
The gang brainwashed Max into believing right-wing and racist views which turned him against the Weatherfield residents. The deeper Max went into the dangerous world, the more he was convinced the only people who respected and liked him were the gang members.
Things started to change for the teen when he learnt a bomb had been planted in the Speed Daal van. As people rushed to safety, it was Alya (Sair Khan) who drove the van away from the cobbles, with Yasmeen (Shelley King) telling Max that if her granddaughter dies, he would be partially responsible.
The wake-up calls kept coming for Max as a few weeks later, teenager Blake stabbed Alya in Speed Daal, something he only did after watching Max’s propaganda videos online.
Sent to the STC after being arrested, Max knew he had to face the consequences for his actions but it hasn’t been easy, with the teen even recently admitting to David (Jack P Shepherd) that he doesn’t know who he is anymore.
As Max tries to find himself, Paddy Bever knows that his character is going to change a lot back home in Weatherfield, as prison time has had a serious impact on him.
‘All of the things that Max did wrong before, of which there were many, for example, smashing Daniel’s apartment up, spiking Amy Barlow, countless other things like stealing, breaking into the barbers, for all of these things Max faced small or no consequences’, he told us.
‘This feels to me like the climax of it all, this has been prison time, this has been serious and that’s what’s going to change him. In the past we saw a lot of “if you carry on, something bad’s going to happen” and it happened. So, I think that will make him listen and be less dismissive of warnings.
‘I can’t say what Max will do in his future but I think if anything is going to change him it’s been this experience. Throughout this storyline we heard Alya warn him, David, Shona and Gail, pretty much every adult but he wasn’t listening. It’s teenage nature to feel that you’re in control and I think with Max we’ve now seen those moments where he’s suddenly realised that he’s quite a vulnerable person.
‘I think that Max is immensely vulnerable and quite sensitive. That vulnerability really comes out in those moments where he’s gone against his parents will, basically said I’m an adult, I’m going to do whatever I want, nothing can happen to me and then it has so I really do think that that’s what’s changed him.’
‘It’s not something he wants actually, I think he’s absolutely terrified’, Paddy added, telling us how Max feels to be released from the STC early.
‘There are many reasons for this, one of them being the people who he’s grown up around now mostly actively hate him. Also, what drives Max is family, he lost both his parents at a very young age and his entire life has been based around finding a family and having that family feeling. We’ve seen him search for friends in many ways and in prison he has found other prisoners, particularly Gav, and latched on to those people.
‘Max doesn’t do well alone and now he’s found this routine, and this life in prison in the Security Training Center, he’s scared to go out into the outside world where nothing is stable and secure and routine. In there he knows exactly what time and when he’s going to do things, this also helps because he struggles with ADHD so to suddenly be thrown back out into the world where anything can happen is daunting.
‘Of course, he has had a really difficult time there, he’s been bullied, but sadly that’s all Max knows, he was bullied on the outside too.
As Max finds himself isolated back in Weatherfield, he does his best to try and begin making amends, as Paddy explained:
‘In prison he does feel like a criminal because he’s in an STC, but the other people there have done something wrong as well. When he comes out, he knows he’s going to be singled out, he’s on his own and he’s there to be made an example of, particularly by Alya.
‘He apologises to Alya in a letter and although he feels that his intentions are pure there’s a lot of shame in that. Also with his family, to be someone that they’re ashamed of is beyond humiliating, it’s devastating for Max.’
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