Chopper boys club together
Charlie Hunnam is delighted with the success of Sons of Anarchy, writes Guy Davis
NOW in its fourth season, the bikiegang drama Sons of Anarchy has developed into a sprawling saga brimming with sex, violence, betrayal and intrigue – basically everything you want from a TV series, right?
The show’s previous season was an eventful one, with the members of the titular motorcycle club travelling to Ireland to retrieve Abel, the kidnapped baby son of Jax Teller (Charlie Hunnam), the gang’s vice-president.
With Jax, club president Clay (Ron Perlman) and other gang members arrested and incarcerated at the end of that season, a new series kicked off over a year later with their release.
In the interim, Jax’s partner Tara (Maggie Siff) had given birth to his second son. It’s a combination of new responsibilities and growing conflicts within the Sons that leads Jax to reevaluate his life. The events of Sons of Anarchy’s last season really broadened the show’s scope, showing the worldwide reach of these motorcycle clubs.
The thing that’s so fascinating about these clubs is they’re giant international entities. They’re not just in little towns in America. In my hometown Newcastle in England, we have a massive motorcycle club that is a charter of a big American club. They’re all over. And within the show, through my baby being taken and us having to pursue him, we got to explore a little bit of the bigger scope of the clubs, which for me and my interest in this world, was fascinating. What do you see as the main challenge for Jax in the new series?
I think for me, it’s having my immediate family – my baby – being compromised, and then having to deal with all of that and never really having time to think about what the repercussions could have been. Then going to prison and having to sit there for 14 months and think about nothing but that, just being in the club has become harder for Jax. The big struggle he goes through this season is just deciding whether he wants to stay or not. Now Jax has two children to care for, how will that alter the way he lives his life?
He really gets some time to think while he’s in prison about where his priorities lie, and I think the huge epiphany is that his family is far more important to him than the club, which I think surprises even him. That decision has to be made. He realises he can’t keep going through, just trying to do the right thing for everyone. He’s got to make a decision, and it’s going to be a difficult decision to make. Not everyone is going to like it. I think he realises his two children are the most important things to him. He’ll do anything to protect them. Jax’s relationship with Ron Perlman’s character Clay has been tense over the years. How are they after spending more than a year behind bars together?
Yeah, they definitely are closer, I think. Once Abel got taken, any internal beefs just got all put to bed until we dealt with the greater problem. And then, going to prison was kind of a continuation of that. It’s not to say that it’s going to stay rosy forever because I think there’s a big, big clash on the horizon.
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Sons of Anarchy stars Ron Perlman and Charlie Hunnam