Coronation Street actor Maximus Evans almost had a literal role reversal five years ago after screen testing for his character Corey Brent's murder victim Seb Franklin.
The 19-year-old actor, who has been praised for his chilling portrayal as villain Corey, has opened up about how he managed to get the role and admitted that he had auditioned to be on the ITV soap a number of times over the years.
In dark scenes last week, viewers watched as Corey led his gang, including Kelly Neelan, to brutally beat up Nina Lucas and boyfriend Seb - landing both of them in hospital.
But fans were left utterly shocked and devastated when Seb tragically died on Friday, leading mum Abi to breakdown in harrowing scenes.
Speaking about his own journey to the cobbles, Maximus said: "It's actually very full-circle. I auditioned for Corrie a couple of times throughout the years and i actually got very close to playing Seb when that role first came up.
"So yeah, so I actually screen-tested for Seb when that first came up and I was saying this before to Harry [Visinoni, who played Seb] that it's quite funny that it's really full circle now. But it was around two years ago when I had the audition for Corey.
"At first I didn't really know how to think about it because it was in high school - I wasn't really a student at the time but because the student was younger, and I am quite tall, I'm 6'1, I thought I might look a bit silly in a school uniform.
"But it has been nice to get that role and use that childhood innocence of the character and use my experience throughout education in high school."
Despite Corey's sinister and dark actions, Maximus has said viewers will see a sense of "vulnerability" from him over the coming weeks.
"I think it's with characters like Asha and his dad Stefan where we really start to see the vulnerability and then that guilt starts to creep in," he said.
"But at the minute, going forward, I do see that he starts to comprehend what he's truly done, which ultimately is a hideous act of violence."
*Coronation Street airs Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 7.30pm and 8.30pm on ITV