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nasty character Fair City's John Cronin admits his family find it hard to watch him play a villain

They would find this storyline hard to watch in the same way that I find it hard to watch and that anyone finds it hard to watch. There are moments of real darkness”

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Cristiano (Rodrigo Ternevoy) abused by partner Will (John Cronin) in Fair City, RTE

Cristiano (Rodrigo Ternevoy) abused by partner Will (John Cronin) in Fair City, RTE

Cristiano (Rodrigo Ternevoy) abused by partner Will (John Cronin) in Fair City, RTE

Fair City star John Cronin has said that his family found his domestic violence storyline “hard to watch.”

The actor plays notorious villain Will Casey in the hit RTÉ soap, who made his grand return to Carrigstown in recent weeks to appear in court after abusing his partner Cristiano San Martin.

John said that his family struggled to watch him play a villain onscreen, especially since some scenes have been particularly upsetting and dark.

He told RSVP Live: “They found the darker moment of the storyline hard to watch. I have been an actor for a long time and I have played a lot bastards.

“I don’t know why that is but I do tend to be cast as dark and sometimes very nasty characters.

“They would find this storyline hard to watch in the same way that I find it hard to watch and that anyone finds it hard to watch. There are moments of real darkness.”

Despite playing such a hated character in Fair City, John said that he still gets a positive reaction from fans that meet him in real life.

“I always found viewers to be very positive and good humoured when I was out and about,” he said.

“People who watch the show and love the show just get a kick out of seeing you and meeting someone they have seen on screen.

“They get more of a kick when they meet the villain of the show and they just want to have a laugh with you.”

John shared that he was very excited to film the court case scenes, which hit screens later this week, and revealed that an entire new set was built specially for the trial storyline.

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He said: “It was exciting to film a court case and even on a practical level it was a brand-new set.

“We are so used to filming in Phelan’s, McCoy’s, and on the lot so it was great to be in a purpose-built set which essentially replicated the criminal court.

“We were working there for a full week and we had brilliant actors come in to play the barristers and the judge and it really made it feel like it was different to the regular programme. Being away from the regular set gave filming a real sense of occasion.”

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