Henry Rollins On His 'Sons Of Anarchy' Role: 'Not The Kind Of Bad Guy You Root For'
Can you tell me a little bit about your role in 'Sons of Anarchy'?
Yeah, I'm a white supremacist, I have no redeeming qualities whatsoever, besides that I like my kids. Past that, I'm not the kind of 'bad guy' you root for... at all... He's not an emotional person so it's not like he has to hug and cry a lot. Um, he kind of just takes his orders and goes and does his thing. And so it's a very tight ship my face keeps. You know? And that's why you'll see me in parts like that, because I can deliver that.
Were you a fan of the show before taking on the role?
I was a huge fan of the show and of Kurt Sutter, the director... I'm not in a position where I get to pick and choose roles. I usually go on auditions in long lines and embarrass myself in front of casting directors, and with a lump in my throat and my ears burning, I walk past reception and smirking actors as I go to the parking garage and go back on the highway. So, it's rare for someone to say to me "Hey, we want to put you in this, what do you think?" ... My manager says "Hey, Kurt Sutter wants to talk to you", which is kind of a mind blowing idea. So I said "Well, damn... ok, twist my arm." And so I went for the meeting, he asked if I knew what they were doing there. I said "Yeah, I know you, I love the show", he says "Great, here's what we're thinking about and want to gauge your interest." So he told me about that part, "Yeah! That's interesting."... I leapt at the chance to be in the show and would have even been happy with a smaller part, I would have been happy just to work on it for a day, so I feel I'm just really lucky.
What about the other cast members?
Well, when you really get to work with these people, like Charlie Hunnam, our lead guy. Charlie has an astonishing amount of talent and besides that, a great amount of charisma. He just has a real natural presence, it's great to watch. We all went to a big theater the other night to watch episode one. And I mean, he's really got a great thing. And I did some intense scenes yesterday with him and Ryan Hurst. Ryan is a guy named 'Opie' in the cast. And he is just one HEAVY guy, he is a serious actor and it's, he's a wonderful guy, but when he's in character he hits like a Mack truck. It's really something, the guy is like burning, ya know? And being around that is really, really inspirational. It makes you better, it makes you have to reach up and pull for it.
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The second season of Sons of Anarchy premieres tonight on FX at 10.
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