It's a Sin star explains why hotel scene with Game of Thrones co-star was "really hard to film"

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Photo credit: Channel 4

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It's a Sin spoilers follow.

It's a Sin star Callum Scott Howells has opened up about the uncomfortable hotel room scene between his character Colin and Mr Hart, admitting it was "really hard to film".

Towards the start of the acclaimed new Channel 4 series, Colin goes on a work trip to New York City with his boss Hart (Nicholas Blane).

In one subsequent scene that's particularly hard to watch, Hart invites himself into Colin's hotel room, urging him to sit next to him despite Colin's refusal.

Photo credit: Channel 4
Photo credit: Channel 4

Hart abruptly leaves, however, when he notices a number of gay magazines that Colin has stashed about the growing AIDS crisis.

Howells has admitted in an exclusive chat with Digital Spy that it was a particularly hard scene to film, especially as his Game of Thrones co-star could not be any more different from his character.

"Nick, who plays Mr Hart… He's one of the most beautiful men ever," the actor said. "He's so experienced. He's done Game of Thrones and everything. He's the Spice King [laughs]. Can you believe it? He's amazing.

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Photo credit: Channel 4

"Those scenes were really hard to film because Nick is so gorgeous as a person. You look at it, and you think, 'Gosh, Mr Hart is such a bastard, but he's played by the loveliest of men.'"

Noting that they were "scenes that really had to be pitched right", Howells added: "We really worked on that dynamic of Colin and Mr Hart. It's very complicated, that relationship.

"Mr Hart has got this weird fascination with Colin, and clearly likes boys like him. As Henry says in episode one, 'He's got a type' [laughs]."

Photo credit: Channel 4
Photo credit: Channel 4

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"Colin's never experienced something like that," he continued. "He's really trying to work that out. And that scene in the room [laughs] – Colin's probably going, 'What the f**k is going on?' It's really interesting.

"And that moment when Mr Hart sees the papers, the magazines… We spent so long looking at that. What is actually going through Mr Hart's head when he sees that?"

It's a Sin airs on Fridays at 9pm on Channel 4. All five episodes are now available to watch on All4.

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