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Well, they ride for the 'Sons of Anarchy' job, but as little as possible, it seems.
Few own motorcycles, says Times reporter (and former cycle columnist) Carpenter in her gentle look at the motorcycling-linked drama - one of the very few successful new shows.
And Charlie Hunnan, the guy who plays the brooding 'Jax,' is English.
LA Times excerpt:
[Hunnan]He was spending a rare day off from filming to ride the dusty Hollywood hills that double as Charming, Calif., the fictional setting for the show. And he was riding the only bike the producers would let him borrow -- a barely working backup model with a sticker, rather than paint, for the scythe-and-skull tank art. A bike that -- at some point in a future episode -- will be crashed.
Like most of "Sons' " fictional club members, Hunnam doesn't actually own a motorcycle. He learned to ride once he landed the part. Ron Perlman, who plays the club's coldhearted leader, has taken one riding lesson and has so little experience in the saddle, he says, "that it probably does more harm than good" to see him biking on camera.
Riding skills aside, FX has found a loyal following for its new motorcycle show...
Motorcycles, and the outlaw ilk that are drawn to them, have long been fodder in film. But with the exception of various reality shows, they haven't had much play on TV in recent years.
"The stereotype most people have of the subculture is usually one of two things: these furry, fuzzy teddy bears like 'Wild Hogs,' or the scumbag white trash living in trailers, smoking meth, which is as inaccurate as the other one," said the show's creator, executive producer Kurt Sutter, who developed the characters and plots by hanging out with "one of the bigger clubs" in Northern California. Which one, he won't say...
...Accurately portraying any sort of subculture on TV is tricky -- all the more so with a group as secretive as a motorcycle club. In a world where loyalty and respect are everything, such groups aren't keen to be outed -- or misrepresented....Sutter said he
receives dozens of e-mails a day from real-life outlaw club members. "Generally, the feedback has been positive. I'll just say that most of the e-mails have a picture attached."
...Sutter used a Harley as his primary mode of transportation for six years before selling it to pay for graduate school. He hasn't had a bike in 10 years, he said, but he recently went to a showroom to check out a Harley-Davidson VRod.
"You did?" asked [wife Katey] Sagal, turning to her husband.
"I told you," Sutter said. "And then I had an accident about three months ago where I fell off a ladder and cracked ribs."
"There's no way you're getting a bike," Sagal said...