Man of his word

Life as a Sons of Anarchy bikie may not be pretty, but it sure makes for a good ride. Star Kim Coates speaks with Guy Davis about the show and his char­ac­ter, Tig.

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et’s call it the ‘ Oh, s-- t’ mo­ment,” Kim Coates grinned. Well, that’s pretty ap­pro­pri­ate, given what Alex “Tig” Trager, Coates’s char­ac­ter on the gritty, vi­o­lent bikie drama Sons of Anarchy, found him­self up against.

Tig’s had a rough trot over the past cou­ple of years on Sons, fac­ing ev­ery­thing from watch­ing the death of his daugh­ter ( who was burned alive – this show doesn’t mess around) to be­ing set up by the com­rades he trusted the most ( the “Oh, s-- t” mo­ment came when he found him­self fac­ing a pack of ad­ver­saries at the con­clu­sion of a re­cent episode).

Ah, but as the en­thu­si­as­tic Coates points out, Tig has “nine lives” … al­though he must be down to the last two or three by now.

The char­ac­ter ac­tor said he ex­pected very few peo­ple would be left stand­ing by the time Sons of Anarchy calls its a day with its next and fi­nal sea­son. Tig’s a lot of things – he’s tough and twisted and emo­tional – but he’s a loyal guy first and fore­most. Loyal to the club. He tends to shoot first and ask ques­tions later, which isn’t re­ally the way to do things, and I think he ac­ci­den­tally killed more wrong peo­ple than right peo­ple over the course of the show’s six sea­sons. But I think Tig has be­come the moral com­pass of the club af­ter the end of last sea­son, es­pe­cially af­ter see­ing the death of his daugh­ter, and I re­ally feel his story is in­ter­twined with how this is all go­ing to end. Some­thing as emo­tion­ally raw as the death of his daugh­ter let Tig off the leash last sea­son; this sea­son he’s back on Jax Teller’s leash. Yeah, Tig has been fas­ci­nat­ing for me to sink my teeth into. It’s tough to write for 10 leads. We have Char­lie and Ron [ Perl­man] and Katey [ Sa­gal], and they’re our three mus­ke­teers at the top, but the seven of us are all given so much. And it’s tough to write for all of us all the time but I do think Sut­ter writes for me in a way he doesn’t write for any­one else, and I feel re­ally priv­i­leged. The loss of Tig’s daugh­ter was some­thing pretty epic for me to play, ob­vi­ously. I’ve done things on this show that I never imag­ined I’d get to do as an ac­tor.

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