During the six-year run of “Sons of Anarchy,” which centered on a California motorcycle club of outlaws called Sons of Anarchy Motorcycle Club Redwood Original (SAMCRO), the had some shocking twists and turns involving death and betrayal for three of the show’s main characters: Jackson “Jax” Teller (played by Charlie Hunnam); Jax’s mother, Gemma Teller Morrow (played by Katey Sagal); and Jax’s stepfather, Clay Morrow (played by Ron Perlman), who was killed off in the show’s sixth season that aired in 2013.
In addition to the dramatic storylines, “Sons of Anarchy” was also known for creator/executive producer Kurt Sutter (who in real life is married to Sagal) being an outspoken and sometimes controversial champion for the show. The series finale “Sons of Anarchy” was televised on Dec. 9, 2014. Here is a look back at what Hunnam said during a roundtable interview at 2012 Comic-Con International in San Diego.
How would you describe Jax as president of the club?
For people who have seen the show, it’s been a process of four years of Jax trying to figure out how he’s going to try to extricate himself from the club and the life. He’s now at the point when he assumed the role of president at the end of [Season 4]. It’s a very concrete decision that that whole fantasy was put to bed. He’s resigned himself to the fact that he’s here, he’s staying, and this is what he’s going to do for the rest. And I think a clarity of fierceness grows in him after making that decision.
And to begin with, he’s an excellent president. He’s been watching this and fantasizing about being the president or leaving — one of the two — for years and years. Now that he’s here, he’s got the skill set to deal with it. But what he hadn’t anticipated was just the level of compromise that’s required to be a man in charge.
There is information that Jax has that he cannot share with the club. And so now he finds himself right away where he’s finding himself having to lie and manipulate his brothers, which is sh*t he vilified Clay for years — and now he’s finding himself in that same position.
It’s really one of the most interesting psychological things that are going on within Jax. Although he hates Clay and wants to murder him, he’s actually starting to empathize with him a little bit on how difficult it is for him to sit at the head of the table and lead righteously, because that’s all he wants to do: be a good leader and look after his guys. And whenever possible, do the right.
And what he’s realizing is that more often than not, it’s impossible to do the right thing, so then you’ve got to go on to Plan B. That’s one of the most exciting and interesting and unexpected side effects: this feeling of empathy that starts to grow in him, which is obviously to empathize and want to murder the same person is a complex thing to play. Hopefully, I haven’t been f*cking it up too much.
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