I’ve got to ask - why did you decide to leave Misfits?
“[I decided] well before we finished series two. There’s a strange kind of a theme of… There’s a few articles I’ve seen on the internet or whatever about how I’ve left Misfits to go off and do films and that’s all so bulls**t, that’s complete nonsense. I left Misfits to go off and do other stuff, completely unspecific. I just left because a rolling stone gathers no moss, as they say, and I just wanted to p*ss off and do other things, you know? It’s nice that the show’s successful but it doesn’t mean complete blind and unadmonished loyalty - ‘If something is very successful you should stick to it like a barnacle!’ That’s definitely not my thinking.”
So it’s just that you wanted to try new things?
“Yeah. If something’s good I’ll do it down the back of a pub, you know? It doesn’t matter if it’s on a big cinema screen.”
Were you surprised by the outcry from fans when you announced you were leaving?
“Well, they’re very internet active, fans of Misfits. Their outcry was probably displayed across the web very dramatically but I think it’s only because they’re very, very internet friendly. They tweet and Facebook all day long. But yeah, I was flattered by the outrage and the shock. It means they’ll miss me! But I’m sure as soon as episode one of series three starts they’ll have forgotten all about me because old Joseph Gilgun, who’s brilliant and funny and hilarious, is coming in and he’s doing a part. He’s the fifth member of the gang now.”