Outlaw motorcycle clubs, arson, gunrunning, murder, kidnapping, drugs, porn, and white separatists; not quite things you’d associate with a homely little town dubbed “Charming.” And these are definitely not elements that you would think would attract a lot of people to said town. But to an outlaw motorcycle club trying to preserve its stake in its quaint little territory known as Charming, it’s business as usual for the Sons of Anarchy (SOA). And that is what’s captured the attention of millions of television viewers around the globe.
Coming immediately off of his writing success on FX’s other hit series, The Shield, Sons of Anarchy Creator/Executive Producer/Writer/Director Kurt Sutter unloaded the Sons out of the smoking barrel of an M-16, immediately captivating the hearts of viewers. Enjoyed by motorcycle enthusiasts as well as non-riders, the show has gained fans and supporters across the globe. The popularity of the SOAMC has taken on a life of its own with Twitter and Facebook fan groups to a full line of SOA apparel—even offering an SOA Reaper and M-16/Sickle emblazed onesie for upcoming prospects.
Heading full-throttle into its fourth season on FX and on the heels of Kurt’s wife, Katey Sagal, winning the Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Television Series Drama for her character on the show, the critically acclaimed hit series continues to allure audiences. Whether it’s the well-written scripts, intriguingly sculpted characters, on-point acting, or outsiders’ fascination with the tight-nit, yet guarded community of outlaw bikers, it seems people just can’t get enough of the Men of Mayhem.
In between writing, directing, and prepping for the series’ season premier this coming September, we caught up with Kurt to discuss the hit show as well as his new blacked-out Illusion Motorsports chopper.