“It was such a hard thing to finish because from first pilot to my death was five years,” he said. “But five years was a great time to be on the show. It helped me so much with my career and experience. I learned a lot from shooting 30 hours of television. You really start to learn the trade doing that. And then I was thankful to leave it.”
He added: “The actors [who made it to the end] must be 11 years into playing these characters. Give these guys some medals, because that is a marathon.”
Madden previously recalled “sobbing” so much on the flight home after filming his character’s death scene that other passengers were forced to move seats.
“I looked like I’d murdered someone and got on that flight which, in fact, I hadn’t – I’d been murdered,” he told GQ.
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