People that tend to be into Sons of Anarchy tend to be really into Sons of Anarchy. And why not? The show was one of the most exciting shows in the history of television. It was truly a show where no one was safe, you never knew what was going to happen, and there were no real good guys, just a bunch of people that had different shades of being bad guys.
The show was on for seven seasons and was incredibly popular, it was one of the most watched shows on TV. The fans of Sons of Anarchy were almost cult like, they really cared about what happened to the members of SAMCRO, which of course stands for Sons of Anarchy Motorcycle Club, Redwood Original. Most of these fans have watched the show over and over, and think that they know everything that there is to know about the show. Others just enjoyed the show, but don’t profess to be experts on all the different trivia that is involved in the show.
Whether you have never seen Sons of Anarchy, whether you have seen it quite a bit, seen all the episodes, or consider yourself a total expert, this list probably has some facts on it that you did not know. And if you do know them all, then you probably enjoyed reading about them anyway, as you are such a big fan of the show.
Here are 15 things you didn’t know about Sons of Anarchy.
15. Charlie Hunnam was Discovered in a Shoe Store
We all know that Charlie Hunnam is a pretty cool looking dude, but a lot of us don’t know that he is actually originally from England, or that he was discovered while in a shoe store. Apparently when he was 17 years old he and his brother were screwing around in a shoe store when a producer came up to him and asked him to audition for a role. It really is funny how such small things make a huge difference in someone’s life. Now, just because this worked out I would not suggest aspiring actors to go hang out at the mall and act like idiots, waiting for a big Hollywood producer to come up and offer them a job. It just does not happen like that in real life, unless you look like Charlie Hunnam of course, then it might.
14. Tig’s Fear of Dolls Comes From a Real Place
Tig is one of the coolest character on Sons of Anarchy. No matter what situation, pretty much no matter how freaky it is he can handle it without fear. Unless there is a doll involved of course. Tig is terrified of them. He suffers from Pediophobia, which is the unwarranted, irrational and persistent fear or worry of dolls. This is odd enough as it is, but what makes it even odder is that Kurt Sutter, who if you have been paying attention you already know that he is the creator of Sons of Anarchy, has the same fear in real life. Okay, so we all know that dolls are kind of creepy, well unless you like dolls, and then I hate to tell you that you are kind of creepy, but to be as scared as Tig is in real life, or Sutter is on screen, is really something else.
13. There is a Prequel in the Works
Yes there is actually a Sons of Anarchy spin off in the works. According to Cinemablend, “Thankfully, something has been announced regarding the upcoming spinoff series focused on the Mayans club, titled Mayans MC, and that “something” is the confirmation that Marcus Alvarez will be a part of the show, as shared by the awesome actor Emilio Rivera himself.” It will be interesting to see how this plays out, as spin offs and prequels are almost always worse than the originals. But with that said, the team behind Sons of Anarchy was so strong, and the Mayans could present an interesting storyline, so who knows how it will go, I will keep my fingers crossed.
12. Kurt Sutter, The Show’s Creator, Plays Otto
Otto was without a doubt one of the hardest to watch characters on the show. He was a member of SAMCRO that was initially sent to prison for 6 years, but kept getting time added on to his sentence for the things he did for the gang while he was on the inside. Things did not work out well for Otto, at one point he bit off his own tongue to prove the point that he would not rat out his friends, and at another time period he was raped repeatedly. Otto was a great character, but every time he appeared on screen I started to cringe. One thing that most people do not know is that Otto was played by Kurt Sutter, who was the creator of the show. One would think he would have picked a more romantic role possibly.
11. Katey Sagal and Kurt Sutter are Married
A lot of people think that one should not work with their spouse. Can you imagine working all day with the same woman that you come home to? I don’t know about you, it does not sound like a lot of fun to me. Don’t tell that to Kurt Sutter, who is the creator of Sons of Anarchy. He is married to Katey Sagal, who most of you first saw in Married With Children, and also plays Gemma on Sons of Anarchy. Gemma is obviously one of the most complicated women on the show. It is hard to figure out whether or not we are supposed to feel bad for her, love her, or wish her dead. Which now that I think of it is the same way that a lot of us feel about our spouses. Sagal does an incredible job on the show, so it is obvious Sutter made the right move.
10. Lots of Rockstars Made Cameos
If you paid close attention you would certainly have noticed how many rock stars were on Sons of Anarchy. Some of them of course were more recognizable than others. On the show at one time or another was Henry Rollins of Black Flag, Dave Navarro of Jane’s Addiction, Rusty Coones of Attika 7, DJ Ashba of Guns N’ Roses, Steve McNabb of Dokken, Marilyn Manson, and Courtney Love. It stands to reason that so many of these types would want to be on the show, I mean who is going to say no if they are asked to do a cameo on Sons of Anarchy? Especially if you are someone like Marilyn Manson, that no one really knows what he looks like anyway, and once you see what he does look like, you kind of wish you hadn’t.
9. Ron Perlman Hated His Harley
Let’s be honest, you are either the kind of guy who is really into his motorcycle, or you are not, and Ron Perlman is without a doubt the kind of guy who was not. While a lot of guys on the show really got into their bikes and wanted to ride them all over the place, even off set, Perlman was the exact opposite. He never got comfortable on his bike; the fact that he fell off a few times early on probably did not help at all. Don’t worry Ron, I have your back on this one. A lot of guys like really loud things that go super fast, but often all that means is that they are overcompensating for something. Ron, who is a classically trained actor, obviously was not comfortable in the role as a biker, although he is such a good actor one could never tell.
8. Stephen King’s Name on the Show Had Meaning
Stephen King is one of the most successful writers of this generation, and many others before it. He is so successful that he is thought to be worth around $400 million. The pride of Bangor, Maine is the author of books such as The Shining, Carrie, It, Misery and Salem’s Lot, among many other books. He is a very prolific author, so much so that he used to write under the name Richard Bachman, as well as the name Stephen King, possibly the most famous book he wrote as Bachman was Thinner. So when Stephen King appeared on Sons of Anarchy, the role he played was a guy named “Bachman.” I have to say they probably could have been a bit more clever with the name, but hey, who am I to judge.
7. Another Actor Was Clay at First
It is hard to picture the role of Clay Morrow being played by anyone other than Ron Perlman, but believe it or not there was another actor that played the role in the pilot. Morrow was first played by Scott Glenn, an actor who is known for many roles, including The Hunt For Red October, The Silence of the Lambs, and Daredevil. After the pilot was done, the show’s creator Kurt Sutter, decided he wanted to have someone else play the part, so all of the scenes that Glenn was in were reshot with Perlman in the role. One would think that this might have really irritated Glenn, but as I noted above he has had a long and successful career, so it is not quite like the story of Pete Best with the Beatles, when he was replaced by Ringo Starr.
6. There is a Sons of Anarchy Comic Book
While some people don’t like comic books a whole lot, to others they are pretty much the coolest things. For those of you that like getting their Sons of Anarchy fix in comic book form instead of on the screen you are in luck. The comic is described as the “comic book ties into the FX crime drama about the Charming, CA Sons Of Anarchy motorcycle club…The series tells a stand alone tale of a former member’s return to the fold looking for help.” This was not just a one off either, there are 18 different comic books in the series. So if you get a hankering for seeing all your SAMCRO heroes as comic book characters, you know where to look.
5. The Actor Who Played Half Sack Killed Someone in Real Life
Johnny Lewis, who played Half Sack on Sons of Anarchy, was a very troubled guy, who had been arrested numerous times, and had some rather serious psychiatric issues. With that said most people did not expect him to kill his 81-year-old landlord and jump from a roof to his death. One person who was not surprised was Kurt Sutter who said “It was a tragic end for an extremely talented guy, who unfortunately had lost his way. I wish I could say that I was shocked by the events last night, but I was not. I am deeply sorry that an innocent life had to be thrown into his destructive path. Yes, it’s a day [of] mourning, but it’s also a day of awareness and gratitude. Sadly, some of us carry the message by dying.”
4. Chibs’ Scars are Real
One of the coolest characters on Sons of Anarchy is Chibs, who is played by the actor Tommy Flanagan. One might think the scars on his face are make up, but far from it, the scars are real. Once when leaving a pub in his hometown of Glasgow he was attacked by a group of strangers. He fought back and they slit his face from ear to ear, which is known as the Glasgow smile. Flanagan not only survived, but decided to become an actor despite his scars. He got his first big break in the movie Braveheart. It seems when you are as cool looking as Flanagan is, having distinctive scars on your face is kind of a positive, because he looks even cooler. All you guys out there with scars though that are not super handsome? Don’t bother trying.
3. Sons of Anarchy is Hamlet on Steroids
There has been a lot of talk that Sons of Anarchy is basically the Shakespeare play Hamlet, except for all the drugs and the motorcycles. Well it turns out to be true, at least according to series creator Kurt Sutter who said “I don’t want to overplay that but it’s there. It was Jax’s father who started the club, so he’s the ghost in the action. You wonder what he would have made of the way it turned out. It’s not a version of Hamlet but it’s definitely influenced by it.” So there you go. If you want some culture you can go to some local production of some boring play, or you can turn on your tube and watch all sorts of drugs, motorcycles, gun battles and naked chicks, and get the same basic effect. Well, kind of anyway.
2. There was Supposed to be a Video Game
Ever heard of a video game called Sons of Anarchy: The Prospect? No? Well that is because the whole thing was a total failure. According to Pocketgamer, “to capitalize on the show’s last season, a game was announced by Silverback Games. It would take the form of a mobile episodic adventure game, inspired by Telltale’s episodic model.” They put out one episode, to a lukewarm reception, and then just faded away. Some people bought all the episodes in advance, and they got refunds. So for those of you who like to fantasize about being a super cool member of SAMCRO, you are going to have to keep doing it in your imagination, instead of playing out your fantasies on a screen. Hey, we can’t have everything.
1. It Had a Different Title at First
As any true fan of the show knows, the name of the gang that all the main characters are in is called “Sons of Anarchy Motorcycle Club, Redwood Original.” The acronym for that is SAMCRO, which is also known as Sam Crow. The original name for the show was Forever Sam Crow, which is a pretty cool name for a show, but obviously not nearly as cool as Sons of Anarchy. Of course the show probably would have been just as successful under a different name, but who knows really? That is the cool thing about this kind of thing. Either way I think we can all agree that Kurt Sutter and the folks at the network made the right decision, as the name Sons of Anarchy is one that will remain on the tips of people’s tongues for a long time to come.