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‘Sons of Anarchy’ Season 7: Malcolm-Jamal Warner Talks Playing the Bad Guy

Since growing out of his “Cosby Show” role, Malcolm-Jamal Warner has gone on to act in other sitcoms, a handful of TV dramas and the theater. Viewers will see Warner in a new light with his upcoming role in the seventh and final season of FX’s “Sons of Anarchy” as the second-in-command bad boy member of the Grime Bastards Motorcycle Club. “Sons of Anarchy” takes its final ride beginning Sept. 9.

What can viewers expect to see from your character Sticky?

Sticky is the vice president, second-in-command to the Grim Bastards. I don’t get a chance to play bad guys or guys like that very often. It’s been fun to be able to play this role. 

What attracted you to Sticky’s character? 

What’s really interesting is the character that I auditioned for was a little different from what I’m doing. When I did my first scene for the show it was all of the Grim Bastards in the scene, the Sons were in the scene, other members were in the scene and I wound up with two lines. So they ended up bringing me back and it became a recurring role.

You have years of experience in TV, but also are doing theater right now. Which platform are you learning more toward these days?

Theater is my favorite platform. Television is my favorite paycheck. The more television I can do, the more theater I can do.

Where does your inspiration come to play your “Sons of Anarchy” role? 

I think just from guys I know. I don’t belong to a motorcycle club, but I know a lot of guys who do. I ride with some guys who do. Kind of knowing them helps me get into this character. Sticky really allows me to live this life vicariously through them.

How will fans feel after that first episode?

I can just tell you it’s crazy. The last season end is crazy and this season is starting off crazy.

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