Troy: Fall of a City: Jonas Armstrong reveals upset over AXED co-star ‘He was cut’ | TV & Radio | Showbiz & TV

Troy: Fall of a City: Jonas Armstrong reveals upset over AXED co-star ‘He was cut’ | TV & Radio | Showbiz & TV

Troy: Fall of a City is a joint venture between Netflix and BBC One depicting the mythological tale of the Trojan War, but there’s a big behind-the-scenes secret.

One actor has revealed his dismay after learning a beloved co-star had been given the boot during filming.

Jonas Armstrong, who plays King Menelaus, confessed this emotional turmoil to press, including Express.co.uk, at the programme’s premiere.

He divulged that the debacle had caused some friction between himself and the director, Owen Harris.

“We did have a bit of a fall out though, because part of me signed up to the job because I was supposed to have a long-haired Afghan Hound as my pet, and he was cut.”

It was clear the “fall out” was in jest as the pair laughed before Owen clarified the reason behind the canine’s dismissal. 

“He was cut because he kept running off. With the very first scene that we shot together, it took ages with this Afghan Hound who kept walking off. 

“I had to break it to Jonas that he had gone forever.”

Despite the pooch’s firing, Owen did confirm that “no animals were harmed in the making of” filming. 

King Menelaus is husband to Helen (played by Bella Dayne), and when she leaves him for Paris (Louis Hunter), it sparks an almighty war between the Trojans and the Greeks.

Jonas, 37, also discussed his character’s motivations in the show, he said: “This is a man who has been done wrong, and he is a King and he is looked up to by his people and if he were to just sit back and do nothing then what would people think about the King of the Spartans, and moreover, the King of Greece.

“So, it’s to protect our honour, and that’s something, we have to take action.”

The Trojan cast is made up of David Threlfall as King Priam, while Frances O’Connor portrays his wife, Hecuba.

While on the Greek side, Game of Thrones’ Joseph Mawle plays Odysseus, Johnny Harris stars as Agamemnon and David Gyasi takes up the part of Achilles. 

Menelaus rallies his brothers together as they put up a fight against against the man and the family who crossed him.

Troy: Fall of City launches tonight at 9.10pm on BBC One. 

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