The success of many television shows typically stems from the connection that the audience has with the characters. Even though the characters may be fictional, they can still illicit emotional responses from us as viewers. We can feel their pain, sorrow, grief, and happiness just as if they were real people living next door. With just a few episodes left to review in Season One, I thought it would be fun to put together a blog showing some of the actors in Sons of Anarchy and the roles they played before capturing our attention as members of SAMCRO. Some actors/actresses-such as Katey Segal- are more famous and you may be more familiar with their prior credits (especially since they have already been addressed in this blog). Others will hopefully bring back some memories that may have been stored away from some time...
Jax (Charlie Hunnam)
Before "joining" SAMCRO in 2008, Hunnam played the role of Pete Dunham in Green Street Hooligans, a cult favorite that tells the story of a recently expelled Harvard student who moves to London and becomes engulfed in the underworld of football (soccer for those in the USA) fanhood. The one thing that both roles have in common: a lot of fighting
Clay (Ron Perlman)
Before becoming a leader and defender for SAMCRO as their President, Perlman stared in 2004's Hellboy about a demon who was rescued from the Nazis and becomes a defender against creatures and forces trying to overtake the world. While it's not as strenuous as possibly defending the world, Charming is still a difficult place to keep in order.
In 2000, Ryan Hurst played the role of Gary Bertier in Disney's Remember the Titans, which told the true story of racially integrating the football team at T.C. Williams High School in Virgina during the 1970s. Hurt clearly has a knack for playing roles as member of a teams- first as an All-American linebacker and now as a valued asset for SAMCRO.
Bobby (Mark Boone Junior)
Mark Boone Junior had had roles in Memento and other films, but he also played a corrupt cop attempting to "protect and serve" Gotham City in Christopher Nolan's Batman Begins. Boone Junior certainly didn't have to stay far from that role to play Bobby, another character that doesn't mind bending the law. It also looks like the only appearance change he had to make for Sons of Anarchy was growing his beard just a little bit longer.
Chibs (Tommy Flanagan)
Tommy Flanagan played the role of Cicero in Gladiator, which starred Russell Crowe. As Sons of Anarchy viewers, we are used to the scars that are so prevalent on Flanagan's face as he portrays Chibs. It is clear looking back at his previous roles that those scars are not simply the work of a makeup artist, as much as they do help develop his character in a pseudo "bad ass" - whether that be in Ancient Rome or in Charming.