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Robert Sheehan on Leaving Misfits

Digital Spy has an interview with Robert Sheehan aka Nathan in Misfits. He goes into more detail about why he decided to leave the show; Nathan’s online exit and replacement; and a possible guest appearance in future.

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.”

Do you think he’ll be a good addition to the show?
“Yeah, he’s brilliant. He’s absolutely brilliant, that guy. So they’ve cast well. They’re lucky to have got him, I think.”

Now that filming on the new series of Misfits has started, do you have any regrets, or do you definitely think you made the right decision?
“I think I’ve made the right decision, yeah… I think they started filming last Monday but I’ve not been involved so I’ve not been anywhere near the production. I was involved in one online film but that was just me so I didn’t come across any of the others in the midst of filming.”

It’s just you in the online film?
“Yeah, it just involves me and also Joseph’s character a little bit.”

Can you tell us anything about it?
“No, because they’d probably cut my head off!”

You’re not working on Misfits anymore, you can do what you want.
“[laughs] Yeah! Bad blood, bad blood! But yeah, it’s a film to give me a fond and comedic farewell, I suppose. And not make the show too much about me leaving, at the same time.”

Obviously we don’t know what happens to Nathan in the film, but if it was possible would you ever return to Misfits for a guest appearance?
“Ah, you never know. There’s no point in saying never. It holds a very fond little place in my heart. No, it’s been a great big part of my life and there’s no point in turning your back on something completely. I’m not doing that, I would never say never. But I suppose it depends how many series of the show there’s going to be. I suppose there’s room for many more.”

Digital Spy

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  • AmyC96

    The show wont be the same without him.

  • Philiptrac

    I actualy know robbie he used to live in the town I’m from in Ireland

    • Mike

      Is he a nice guy? Or he kinda seems a bit overly fond of himself…

  • Disappointed Fan !

    i only watched it for nathan ):

  • Mondas

    I loved his character :( it’s true, it won’t be the same :(
    thing is, he doesn’t realise, because of that decision, that show is going to go downhill, he’s ruined it!!! Selfish…. tralalalalalalala…. *calm*
    he must realise that he should have stayed to something that he’s good at, and that’s being an idiot that dies all the time!

  • Annie Oakley

    There is always room for you, and you are never out. I am sure you have made the right decision with a better road ahead for you in the long run. I am proud of you for doing what you think is best. Good Luck and blessings to ya:)

  • Annie Oakley

    Some Stars, a few, are too bright for management to know “how to handle”. I am glad to know this true Star is true blue. 

  • Annie Oakley

    If you tried to lump Robert into a category or put him in a box or try to define him definatively, you couldn’t; but you could say his spirit and his true self/purity ranks as blessed as the best, including: James Cagney, Marilyn Monroe, Judy Garland and Queen Victoria. I am sure they are all fans. The original Nathan can never be replaced. We are lucky to have seen the first two seasons. We are all behind you :) Take care of yourself. The world needs strong, caring,enlighten, talented real people with a good sense of humor.

    You are already great. Anything more is just icing on the cake, or a whole new cake, or, well, you get my meaning…Blessings Sweetie!

  • Cly Johnston

    You tool! You should’ve stuck with the show until the end, or left by some other means than *poof* at the end of season two. You made such a wonderful character and it isn’t the same without you.


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