Coronation Street star Chris Gascoyne has said his alter-ego Pete Barlow is an "idiot".
The actor admitted he is surprised that Corrie fans do not give him a "hard time" when they bump into him.
Speaking to Inside Soap, Gascoyne said: "They seem to like Peter, which is weird, because you really shouldn't. He's an idiot!
"He's a flawed character, though, rather than an evil one - so you ultimately don't want him to suffer something terrible."
The 44-year-old actor is going to take four months off from the soap to spend more time with his family.
Gascoyne said shortly after the announcement: "You don't get a rest because there's no end to this show and when you have got big storyline after big storyline you get very tired and you're not really on top of your work.
"So much so I just needed a break to refresh myself and then come back and I'll be fine."
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