To exclude, to expel:
Actor Michael Wildman has worked with some of Hollywood’s great entertainers, including Burt Reynolds and Steven Spielberg – but he says he loves doing stunts on Emmerdale
As the villain Al Chapman, Michael Wildman has never been in trouble since he joined Emmerdale three years ago, but tonight his feud with Cain Dingle turns dangerously out of control, culminating in a horrible accident.
Michael enjoyed the opportunity to film a car chase through the country roads of Yorkshire because it reminded him of his filmmaking days prior to the film.
He said: “Making movies is something I love to do, but I also really enjoy playing Al and this week’s super stunt was fun to do.
“It was shot in a cinematic way and I had to do my own stunts in the driving scene, which I love. It’s nice to get in a car and put your foot down.”
He has worked with some of Hollywood’s great artists, including Burt Reynolds and Steven Spielberg.
He starred in Spielberg’s 2018 sci-fi film Ready Player One, worked with Gerard Butler in the 2016 London horror film Has Fallen, and was Magorian in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.
Michael, 47, said: “I actually started journaling about some of the stories that happened on set. Once you do a job, it’s easy to move on and forget, but it’s arguably no bigger than working with someone like Burt Reynolds.”
They both starred in the 2008 British comedy A Bunch of Amateurs. Michael said: “We were far apart, but he was very complimenting and I learned a lot from Burt.
“I can remember him telling me to keep going. “Mike,” he told me, “never let assholes put you down.” It was a beautiful moment of support that I really appreciate.”
Michael laughed as he recalled the scene where Spielberg approached him on the set of Ready Player One to apologize. He said: “I was offered a character role by Steven but when I arrived, it hadn’t been written up, so he gave me A4 pieces of paper with lines of writing to study every day.
“At the end of the scene, Steven shook my hand and said to me, ‘I really want to apologize for putting you in the wrong place. I keep throwing things at you’. I laughed and replied, ‘What am I going to do? Reject Steven Spielberg’s extra lines? No way’.” Michael has also starred in TV series such as Ricky Gervais’s Extras, Rellik, Deep State and Being Human Has he ever longed to return to the movies?
“That’s the world I came from,” he said. And I love making them. I’m lucky that the American movie I did was shot here, but where I’m going is work.
“We’ll have to wait and see what happens to Al tonight, but hopefully if he survives I can look forward to Emmerdale’s 50th anniversary later this year.”
Gerard Butler as Mike Banning in Babak Najafi’s LONDON RED FALLEN, a Gramercy Pictures release)
Emmerdale’s bad boys have been at war ever since Al hurt Cain’s daughter, Debbie Dingle, twice with Priya Sharma. Al was also caught loan sharks and even burned down The Woolpack pub.
A happily married father of one child, Michael lives in Oxfordshire with his wife, Ceri Ann Gregory, an actress and singer, and their son, Lucas, eight.
Michael and Ceri got married in 2018, but have been together for 23 years. He said: “She was as supportive of everything I did as I did for her. She is my accomplice in every respect.”
Speaking of crime, how did he feel about playing the resident villain of Emmerdale?
Michael stated: “He is known as a villain, but he has not killed anyone. Many people go around that village with smiles on their faces knowing they murdered someone, but he hasn’t done it yet.” He paused, grinned, and then said, “However, I don’t think he has to kill anyone. He can do all sorts of mischief without having to.
“And he certainly isn’t boring. No matter what happens, he will always be known as the one who burned down The Woolpack.”
Emmerdale is on ITV weekdays from 7:30pm to 8pm. Tonight is an hour long episode.
https://www.mirror.co.uk/tv/tv-news/emmerdale-star-michael-wildman-says-26939673 Emmerdale star Michael Wildman says he enjoyed car stunts before tonight's horrific crash