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Charlie’s biker is riding a tightrope in ‘Sons of Anarchy’

He plays Jax Teller, the golden-boy heir apparent to a violent, arms-dealing, drug-smuggling California biker gang.

The tattooed Jax has killed for the club and served time in prison, but the outlaws are a tight brotherhood who will do anything to protect each other, their families and their lovely small town, Charming. He’s haunted by letters from his late father — who wanted the club to go legit. But now, with a girlfriend and two young sons, the loyal Jax wants out of the club, even though it’s the only family he has ever known.

Charlie Hunnam’s portrayal of this complex character — loving father, caring boyfriend and unapologetic murderer — has helped make “Sons of Anarchy” FX’s biggest show, even topping the popularity of the network’s mega-hit, “The Shield.” Show runner Kurt Sutter explains that it’s an extremely demanding role that requires a broad range.

“You have your action stars that can do bad-ass things, then you have your more rounded, sensitive actors,” said Sutter. “And it’s a rare combination to find people who can do both convincingly, like Charlie.”

The inherent conflict between the family man and gangster roles is what makes the character so enjoyable to play, said Hunnam during a phone interview from Toronto.

“On any given day, we’ll shoot scenes that will span from a very loving scene with [his character’s romantic interest] Tara, to having fun with the boys, to having some giant heartbreaking epiphany,” said the 31-year-old, British-born actor. “And it requires a giant amount of focus and energy, but it’s good to be pushed as an actor.”

Hunnam’s upbringing helped prepare him for his conflicted character. He grew up in the hardscrabble working-class section of Newcastle, England, with a tough-guy father. Hunnam said his father’s career choices were extremely limited. Continue reading

Charlie Stops by The K&B Show

There are not too many actors that come through the halls of KROQ that both men and women alike will swoon over. Charlie Hunnam is one of them. As Jackson “Jax” Teller on FX’s Sons of Anarchy, Hunnam is the perfect mix of charm and grit, family man and bad ass, and it doesn’t hurt that he’s easy on the eyes and with an accent either.

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Hunnam had been going to college in England and was studying film with aspirations of being a writer/director, but got an invitation to audition for an acting job (on Queer As Folk), and began acting from there. He figured that he’d learn more about the film making process if he was able to get on a set, and learn things that college wasn’t able to teach him.

Despite there being a lot of acting opportunities in England, he’d always dreamed of himself moving to the States to pursue his career. Quality over quantity has always been an important factor in choosing projects and admits to some “giant periods of unemployment” in between some of the films he’d been in (including Cold Mountain and Children of Men). “At the beginning of an actor’s career, establishing oneself with integrity and building a foundation that will last is most important.”

Sons of Anarchy came after one of those periods of unemployment, but when it came across his desk, he couldn’t turn down the opportunity to play Jax Teller. “The originality of the idea and the story that Kurt [Sutter] was trying to tell was so much more unique and colorful and vivid than the film work I was looking at, so I just jumped at the chance.”

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Charlie says Jax has a ‘huge psychological shift’ on Sons of Anarchy


“This is a really pivotal season,” Hunnam told OnTheRedCarpet.com co-host Rachel Smith at the season 4 premiere red carpet event on August 30. “It’s right in the center of the story that Kurt’s been telling and he had a very clear outline of the story that he wanted to tell over the seven seasons.”

“So I think the first three seasons are kind of the first act and as with all great stories the second act is when, you know, things really hit the fan,” he added. Continue reading

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