Corrie star Charlie Lawson says soaps gone downhill and hes given up watching

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Corrie legend Charlie Lawson thinks the soap has gone downhill.

The actor, who played Jim McDonald, reckons it has lost its magic because there are so many characters.

And he is convinced many young people in the industry are more bothered about fame than acting.

Charlie, 62, said: “Do I think it was better in the 80s and 90s? I would have to say yes.

“That’s not the cast’s fault. It’s very hard when you’ve got 70 people and six episodes to do a week.

“When I was first on it, we had more time, we had more opportunity and we had less people in the show. There was more time for characters to relate to each other.”

Asked if he watches it now, he joked: “I’m usually in the pub at 7.30pm!”

Charlie liked Corrie when it focused on kitchen sink drama.

He added: “Good acting is about people talking to each other, it’s the spoken word. That’s why radio is the finest medium there is. You don’t need to shoot pretty pictures.

“You want two actors talking to each other. That’s what it’s all about. “We still had a lot of that in the 80s and 90s.

“In those days characters talked to each other. They shouted at each other, they cried with each other. The dialogue was the most important thing, and the performance.

“We still had time for rehearsals and we still had time to think about it. The directors had time to spend on the actors. It was about the performance.”

Charlie thinks the rise of celebrity culture has been bad for Corrie.

He said: “In the 80s and early 90s, celebrity didn’t exist. We didn’t have any of that. There were no mobile phones, no iPads. Celebrity was just starting.

“I think young people now –apart from the fact that a lot of them just want to be famous as opposed to be actors – they don’t know how easy they get it.”

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