Jake Wood: Max Branning can be redeemed
14 December 2017 - 1:00 PM

Jake Wood: Max Branning can be redeemed

Jake Wood thinks Max Branning can be redeemed after his bad acts.

The "EastEnders" actor believes his character can be saved as he says Max is just acting "out of a very genuine feeling of being done wrong" when he was framed for the murder of Lucy Beale and had to spend time in jail.

Jake said: "From Max's point of view, I always kind of try and see the good side of Max, looking into the reasons why he's doing that stuff. He felt very wronged by the community that he was left to rot for years in jail and he was innocent. I think he thought that was his way forward, that he would get revenge on everyone so that would give him an income ...

"That was always the debate, wasn't it, if Max can be redeemed. I've always felt that he can be because I've always felt that what he's done has been out of a very genuine feeling of being done wrong but obviously, the things that he've done are not the best. Next week, he attempts to kill Ian Beale. It was great working with Adam."

And the 45-year-old actor has teased that the Christmas Day episodes are the "best" he's ever read in over a decade.

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Asked how far Max will go with his revenge on ITV's This Morning, he added: "We'll have to wait and see but as we've seen, Max is very isolated. I think the stuff that is coming up next week is great. They're just incredible episodes, we've got John Yorke back along with Olly Kent and also the scriptwriter Simon Ashdown, who was instrumental in creating The Brannings. The next couple weeks is crazy ... I think this is the best ... the two episodes that go out on Christmas Day and the best I've ever read on the show in 12 years. If we've done them justice, they'll be amazing."

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