Paleyfest: ‘Sons of Anarchy’

For a show that routinely traffics in murder, mayhem and manipulation, “Sons of Anarchy” sparked much talk Wednesday night about heart, warmth and brotherhood.Sons

At the Paleyfest sesh at the Saban Theatre in BevHills, exec producer Kurt Sutter and assorted cast members of the FX drama repeatedly mentioned the familial bond uniting the characters that make up the outlaw motorcycle club (and its cohorts) that rides roughshod over the fictional town of Charming, Calif.

“They’re so enmeshed in their love for each other,” noted actress Katey Sagal, who plays the scheming Gemma Teller Morrow, “old lady” of club president Clay Morrow (Ron Perlman) and mother of VP Jackson “Jax” Teller (Charlie Hunnam).

Sons2Neither Perlman nor Hunnam was on hand — both are in Toronto shooting Guillermo del Toro’s “Pacific Rim” — but that didn’t stop the others from ribbing Perlman for his inability to convincingly maneuver a motorcycle.

“He’s completely given up,” quipped Sutter before noting, “He’s definitely improved, but Ron would cop to the fact that it’s not his favorite thing.”

Cracked Tommy Flanagan, who plays “Chibs” Telford: “His top speed is 11 mph.”

Also providing comic relief Wednesday was Dayton Callie, who plays Police Chief Wayne Unser and noted that a common occurrence among cast members in a show marked by violence is to anxiously tear through new scripts in an effort to find, “Am I alive?”

Sutter also remarked that he would be interested in doing a prequel to “Sons of Anarchy,” a show that would examine the original nine members of the motorcycle club in which the show is based. No current cast members would be involved.

“I see it as a different show. Not a continuation or another version of ‘Sons of Anarchy,’ but a more political and socially historical sort of show. I definitely have some interest in doing it. I’d like to explore it in some capacity,” Sutter said.   

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