The Sons of Anarchy, aka SAMCRO, might operate above the law (see: gunrunning, murder), but please — don’t call them a gang. These “motorcycle enthusiasts” are after the same American dream as everyone else, says “Sons of Anarchy” creator Kurt Sutter. As Season 3 opens, their path — which finds the club’s matriarch on the lam and the baby of her son, Jax, kidnapped — is simply a little more dangerous than most.

“I don’t necessarily think of these characters as being bad men or bad women,” says Sutter. “Although their actions are quite often different than ones we would choose, their motivations are often the same as ours, whether it’s protecting their family or protecting their hometown.”

Ron Perlman, who plays the club’s founder and president, has no qualms about making a hero out of a man who is typically the villain.


“[SAMCRO has] an incredibly well-articulated code of values that permeates its way through the whole family — because it is a family,” Perlman says of the Sons. “We’re just fighting for the things that are going to make us have the lives we want to live.”
Even if that existence leads to a showdown with the Irish Republican Army this season?

“No one is going to tell us what that life should or should not be,” Perlman says, speaking like a true president. “We make up our own rules.”

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