Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Donal Logue Keeps It in the Family on Sons of Anarchy

Photo by Prashant Gupta/FX

It’s rather ironic that a show entitle Sons of Anarchy would be a family affair from it’s inception. Series’ showrunner Kurt Sutter created the series as a vehicle for his wife, Katey Sagal. And more recently a brother-sister team joined the act. In a recent conference call interview Donal Logue talked about working on the outlaw motorcycle club show with his sister Karina.

This is not the first time that Donal has worked on the same show as his sister. She was a part of his 2010 crime drama Terriers. As he recalled, “When Karina did
Terriers, [Executive Producer] Shawn Ryan had already worked with my sister. He knew her before he knew me. We sat down at the beginning of the season and he said, ‘What do you think about this?’ Ted [Griffin] and Shawn sat me down. ‘You’re going to have a crazy sister.’ I said, ‘That’s great. I’ve got three’ because I have three sisters. He goes, ‘No, yeah, we’d really like Hank to have a schizophrenic sister. I think Karina would be awesome.’”

It was a slightly different scenario when Karina got the part on SOA. Logue recounted how it all played out, “Kurt knew that he wanted to have me as this guy, but then he told Wendy O’Brien, the casting director, ‘I need someone who looks like the female Donal Logue.’ She was like, ‘Well, you know his sister Karina is a really great actress?’ He said, ‘No, I didn’t know that at all.’ So it was funny. That’s how that went down.”

After joining the
SOA cast, Karina reported back to her big brother. “My sister obviously had worked on the show for the couple of episodes prior. And a lot of the crew on the show were people I had worked with before on both Terriers and different shows. What Karina said to me when she started working was, ‘Oh my God, everybody is just so nice and so cool.’”

Donal didn’t need much coaxing. He’d been wanting to be a part of the Anarchy for some time but the timing was never right. As he recounted, “I’ve been talking to Kurt [Sutter] about doing something on the show for the last three years. What had happened was invariably he would always have a conversation with me like 42 seconds after I had committed to doing another pilot. Two years ago it was Hallelujah, this thing for ABC. Then last year I had done a western called Tin Star for TNT, neither of which ended up going.

But in his heart he always wanted to be a part of the action. He confessed, “I was like, ‘Oh my God, I really, I would love to join the show… I just basically couldn’t join, and not for lack of Kurt trying to get me on. Then this year finally we had a meeting, and he was like, ‘I have an idea for this guy.’”

The guy is Lee Toric, a former U.S. Marshal on a quest. Of course in true Sons of Anarchy fashion it’s impossible to know how long he’ll be sticking around. But Donal would be more than happy to return for Season 7. And while he was reticent to give too much away, he conceded, “It’s fair to say that whatever he’s got to do might take a while to do.”

Tune in to Sons of Anarchy on Tuesday nights at 10 p.m. EST/9 p.m. Central on FX.

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