How does David react when he realises Nick remembers every detail?
He’s scared because he’s now faced with a man who just doesn’t care anymore. Nick has always cared - he’s always made sure his mum, his brother and Leanne are all OK. Nick’s always been so calm, but that’s changed now. As far as Nick’s concerned, David can go to hell. The gloves are off.
So Nick’s a bit bitter then?
Of course he is - he can’t walk! He’s in a bad place physically and mentally.
Will Nick ever find it in him to forgive David?
No. Not for a very long time! I think too much has happened between them now - it’s gone too far. Until they find a common enemy, I can’t imagine things will be right between them.
Have Nick’s injuries changed his attitude to life?
Definitely. He’s come so close to dying and has been left with brain injuries that have put him in a place he’s never been before. He’s not Mr Nice Guy anymore.
How are things with Leanne since Nick woke up?
Good. I think poor Leanne has been trying hard to be honest and has admitted she knows the next few months aren’t going to be easy. Nick isn’t the man he used to be - he’s not going to be able to run the Bistro and be the active family man he was before. But Nick knows it’s only a matter of time before she finds out, so he knows that’s coming.
I think Nick is aware that Leanne is committed to him now, but he’s also realistic and knows that the reason he slept with Kylie was because of what Leanne did on their wedding day. It’s great to play that doubt as an actor. It’s more of a question of what will happen when she finds out.
Do you think they could survive it?
No, I don’t think they could. Leanne is a hypocrite seeing as she went to see Peter on her wedding day, but then I don’t know how much that will wash seeing as Nick slept with his sister-in-law! Especially as he’s kept it hidden from her for months.
Nick gets nasty and short-tempered with his mum while he’s recovering from the crash. Why is that?
He finds her irritating because Gail wants to mother him. I think you always take it out on those closest to you.
When Nick wakes up, is he told he has a long road ahead of him?
Yes. Nick is advised to expect a long road to recovery, and that it will be very difficult. He’s told there will be a lot of things that may shock or surprise him. Things won’t be the same for a long while, but you can’t keep Nick down. He has so much drive within him.
And are you relieved that Nick is conscious again, Ben?
[Laughs] Oh I don’t know, it was quite good to play. Yes I am actually. It’s great to get some dialogue and move the story forwards. I’m ready to get my teeth into the consequences of the crash and for Nick to figure out how best to deal with them.