Chop­per boys club to­gether

Char­lie Hun­nam is de­lighted with the suc­cess of Sons of An­ar­chy, writes Guy Davis

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - TV -

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.

Sons of An­ar­chy: Mon­days, 7.30pm, Show­case

Sons of An­ar­chy stars Ron Perl­man and Char­lie Hun­nam

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