Jeff Hordley thinks the destructive actions of his 'Emmerdale' alter-ego are "understandable".
The actor - who plays serial womaniser and all round bad boy Cain Dingle in the ITV1 soap - will see his character brutally bludgeoned over the head during the show's explosive Judgement Day storyline, and while he can see he "had it coming", Jeff can sympathise with his damaged alter-ego.
As the character has grown this sort of sexier side to him has come out. It always comes as a shock to me - and my wife to mention it - when women come up to me in the street and tell me they fancy me.
He told BANG Showbiz: "He had it coming but I've sat in the character's shoes: he's lost the love of his life, he's lost his daughter, he's losing his granddaughter. These things can make a man go off the rails, which is why he's started to act so stupidly.
"I can understand in Cain's shoes why he's acted the way he has. Amy (Chelsea Halfpenny) lied to him about a lot of things. Firstly, she said she was 19 when she was actually 16, then he gave her the money for the abortion and she never went ahead with it.
"He's gunning for Charity (Emma Atkins) because he feels rejected, he's gunning for Jai (Chris Bisson) because he's got the love of his life. As for his relationship with Zak (Steve Halliwell), plenty of people are at loggerheads with their dads - it's something I've experienced myself with my own dad. It's all understandable."
However, despite his character's bad boy reputation, Jeff admits he and co-star wife Zoe Henry - who plays vet Rhona Goskirk - are always shocked to find both men and women hero-worshipping Cain.
He added: "People seem to like the laddy aspect of Cain's character. Blokes certainly do, they're always coming up to me like, 'Whey!' I've killed a woman's cat and people still like me, I can't understand it!
"As the character has grown this sort of sexier side to him has come out. It always comes as a shock to me - and my wife to mention it - when women come up to me in the street and tell me they fancy me."
Jeff is at the centre of Emmerdale's Judgement Day storyline - airing on ITV1 at 7pm and 8pm on December 8 - which will see six characters accused of attempting to murder Cain.