Robert Sheehan’s Nathan in Misfits is arguably one of the best television characters from the noughties, but the part almost didn’t go to him.
It turns out Game Of Thrones star Alfie Allen was also lined up to take on the part of the hilariously irritating juvenile and bosses of the acclaimed Channel 4 drama were pretty split on which actor to cast.
Speaking exclusively to Metro.co.uk, Misfits creator Howard Overman explained the decision was incredibly close but ultimately they decided to go with Robert.
‘It came down to a choice between the two of them and people preferred Alfie Allen,’ he revealed.
‘Someone told me no one would like Robert playing Nathan. I got a note on the script saying, “He’s not funny, he’s just annoying.” People just come up with this stuff.
‘It was one of those instances where it was either going to be him or him. To me, it was entirely obvious who it should be, but it wasn’t necessarily a slam-dunk to other people.’
Despite missing out on playing Nathan, Alfie went on to land a number of roles across television and film, including Theon Greyjoy in HBO’s fantasy epic Game Of Thrones.
More recently, he starred in Oscar-nominated film JoJo Rabbit, as well as How To Build A Girl.
Discussing Robert’s performance as Nathan, Howard believed he was a perfect fit.
‘It was just one of those things, he just got Nathan and he embodied that part and that doesn’t often happen,’ he reflected.
‘As soon as I saw his audition I knew he was right for it.’
Misfits is available to stream on Netflix.
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