'Sons of Anarchy' Star Talks about his Role
'Sons of Anarchy' Star Talks about his Role
Glenn Diaz
Glenn Diaz
Staff Writer, BuddyTV
Previously, Charlie Hunnam is known for such roles as Nathan Maloney on Queer as Folk in 1999 and Bosie in the 2003 film Cold Mountain.  Today, the British actor is best known for his role as Jax Teller on the FX series Sons of Anarchy.  Tagged as The Sopranos on wheels, Sons of Anarchy is a darkly funny drama about an outlaw motorcycle club bent on protecting their town against invading drug dealers and corporate developers.  The Charming-based SAMCRO had a 13-episode run for its debut season, ending in an episode called “Revelator” that aired last night at 10pm.

In an interview, Hunnam, 28, revealed that he had a two-year break before agreeing to star on Sons of Anarchy, revealing his extremely picky nature when it comes to projects.

“That's the downside of being picky.  It creates giants periods of unemployment,” he explains.  “I feel like it's a very precious thing, a career ...  I wanted to stay away from anything that I felt had any kind of disposable feeling to it.  I just wanted to work with like-minded people that were very, very serious and passionate about what they did.”

So what exactly drew Hunnam to the role?  The star of Nicholas Nickleby and Green Streets Hooligans wasn't exactly keen on doing a television series until he met Sons of Anarchy creator and writer Kurt Sutter (who used to write for another HBO series The Sopranos).

“I felt the quality of Kurt's writing was as good as anything that I'd read in any screenplay ...,” Hunnam said.  “He talked me through how he saw the first 26 episodes going.  He kind of spilled out the first two seasons.  He had me five minutes into that conversation. [I asked,] ‘Where do I sign?'”

On the finale, Jax discovered that it wasn't a rival gang that was responsible for the murder of his friend's wife, so he was out for revenge.  It set up a major conflict which may or may not be the central theme of its sophomore season.

-Glenn L. Diaz, BuddyTV Staff Columnist
Source: Red Eye Chicago, FX
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