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'Sons of Anarchy' star Jimmy Smits talks Nero's heartbreaking scenes

Sons of Anarchy‘s Nov. 18 episode, “Suits of Woe,” will go down as one of the series’ finest thanks in part to the performance delivered by Jimmy Smits (Nero): First, audiences watched Nero’s face as Jax (Charlie Hunnam) told him over the phone that he’s learned Gemma (Katey Sagal) killed Tara. (As episode director Peter Weller told EW, “Kurt [Sutter] said as a tone note that he would rarely give an actor a beat where we don’t hear what he’s hearing, so it’s all played on his face, but he would definitely give that to Jimmy Smits because Jimmy Smits is unbelievable.”) And then, viewers saw Nero try to comfort Jax as the son broke down trying to process how his mother could brutally murder his wife, how he could still love Gemma, and how he can possibly recover.

Smits phoned in to EW Radio to talk about that moment when Nero desperately wanted Gemma to talk to him and buckled his knees like an impatient child. “From this guy who I really perceived as being somebody who’s very solid in a lot of ways in this kind of outlaw world, there’s a sensitivity to him but he’s a kind of guy-guy, that was an interior little boy moment that was able to kind of peek through,” he said. “I think it was because of the relationship. When two people are in love—real love—you’re able to let down all of those guards that you put out there for the world. What the audience sees physically that moment is, ‘Stop the lies. No more deceit between us if we say we love each other.’ That’s what I hope that moment conveys.”

Hearing that 10 percent of fans, per an EW.com poll, would like to see Jax end up on that farm with Nero when the series ends, Smits just laughed. (“A couple of motorcycles, an ATV.”) But that bond, he explained, is deep. “The relationship has to do with the fact that it operates on a lot of different levels. There is a paternal aspect to it. There’s a brotherly kind of thing—they’re both in this outlaw world, that kind of bro thing that they have,” he said. “I think the fact that they both have children and there’s a lot of guilt there that they haven’t been the fathers that they could’ve been. I think that’s one of the reasons why there’s an emotional bridge between them. It’s okay for them to have these softer moments.”

Listen to a clip below. We can also report that Smits didn’t take one of Nero’s cardigans, but he did leave some of his tattoos on. They’ve started to fade.  READ FULL STORY

'Sons of Anarchy': Inside those emotional Jax, Juice, Nero scenes

Spoiler alert: All was revealed in the Nov. 18 episode of Sons of Anarchy, “Suits of Woe,” which included three of the series’ finest scenes: Juice (Theo Rossi) told Jax (Charlie Hunnam) the truth about Tara’s death; Jax broke the news to Nero (Jimmy Smits) over the phone as Gemma (Katey Sagal) stood by; and Jax later leaned on Nero as he struggled to understand both how his mother could kill Tara and how he could still love her. Peter Weller, who directed the episode—and whose character, Barosky, was also revealed as the rat—spoke to EW about shooting those crucial scenes and learning Barosky made SAMCRO’s hit list. READ FULL STORY

'Anarchy Afterword' has another new host

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Anarchy Afterword will have another new host when it returns to FX Nov. 18, following episode 11 of Sons of Anarchy‘s final ride. Kevin Ryder, co-host of “The Kevin & Bean Show” morning show on Los Angeles’ KROQ, will sit at the head of the table. This week’s guests are Jimmy Smits and Drea de Matteo in-studio with Theo Rossi set to appear via satellite.

Kurt Sutter stepped in for regular host Chris Franjola for the Nov. 11 after show. READ FULL STORY

Epic 'Sons of Anarchy' sex montage angers parents group (NSFW photo)

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What, can’t a basic cable drama have nearly three-minute long graphic sex montage showing nearly every major member of its cast engaged in all sorts of lusty hardcore acts?

Apparently not without angering a certain parents group.

The Parents Television Council is unloading on FX’s Sons of Anarchy, which opened last Tuesday’s episode with a series of sex scenes. The sequence rather effectively illustrated the widely varying range of emotional states and romantic relationships of the main characters—while also serving up a hearty eyeful of Charlie Hunnam’s bare butt.

The scene featured six couples indulging in various acts (and one character giving herself solo pleasure) and was dubbed “the f–ktage” by show insiders. READ FULL STORY

Tommy Flanagan of 'Sons of Anarchy' heads to 'Revenge'

Tommy Flanagan, Sons of Anarchy‘s Chibs, is headed to network TV after Sons concludes its run in DecemberREAD FULL STORY

'Sons of Anarchy' producer Paris Barclay on filming that Venus/Tig scene

If you’re a Sons of Anarchy fan who can’t stop talking about the performances Walton Goggins and Kim Coates delivered in that beautiful bedroom conversation between Venus and Tig in the Nov. 11 episode, you are not alone. Executive producer Paris Barclay, who directed “Faith and Despondency,” phoned EW Radio from Wales on Wednesday to rave about what he considers to be possibly the best performance by any two actors in the FX drama’s seven seasons. Listen to the clip below.

“There was really true love there, and when it was done, the crew just stopped and applauded them,” Barclay says. “The camera assistants were crying. People were just clapping because they brought something new to them, a new feeling: People hadn’t really experienced Tig in that way, as deeply serious and as honest and as direct as he was, and Venus really telling you how she became this way and what it’s like for her.” Sons is the fourth project Barclay has done with Goggins. They first met when Barclay directed him in the 1996 HBO movie The Cherokee Kid starring Sinbad. “To see him from that movie,” Barclay says, “where he was a comic Western guy, to the depth that he was able to bring, even to the last moments when he was trying to get back his Venus voice. [Tig] says, ‘You put on that dress, and I want to go anywhere with you, just the way you are,’ and he lifts his spirits up and he sits up a little taller and he tries to get Venus’ voice back but it’s difficult—he’s just genius.” READ FULL STORY

'Sons of Anarchy': Drea de Matteo on the 'first mommy' reveal

Spoiler alert: Tuesday night’s episode of Sons of Anarchy ended with Jax telling Abel that Wendy was his “first mommy”—and Abel later telling Jax that Gemma killed Tara. While we wait to see what Jax does with that information, and what role Wendy plays in his investigation, EW spoke with Drea de Matteo about Wendy’s emotion in that moment, her feelings for Jax, the backstory de Matteo created for her, and her relationship with Gemma (and Nero). READ FULL STORY

'Sons of Anarchy': Mo McRae talks Tyler's loyalty

Going into the Nov. 11 episode of Sons of Anarchy, 49 percent of readers thought Tyler (Mo McRae) had already turned on SAMCRO, per an EW.com poll. But spoiler alert: They were wrong. Moses demanded Tyler help him find out where the club was hiding the dead preacher’s wife and stepson, so Tyler led him to TO (and Rat). It was, however, all part of Jax’s latest plan, which ended with TO sending Moses and his men into a SAMCRO-led ambush. Fittingly, since Tyler’s been a double agent in Sons‘ final season, McRae is now in Detroit shooting an indie film called Destined in which he plays two versions of one character: a guy in the streets attempting to avenge the death of a friend, and a member of the mayor’s cabinet. He phoned EW to talk about Tyler’s journey, the TSA agent in Detroit who seriously loves Sons, and whether we’ve seen the last of Tyler. READ FULL STORY

'Sons of Anarchy' makeup artist explains how you take out an eye

Spoiler alert: The Nov. 11 episode of Sons of Anarchy found Jax taking the expression “an eye for an eye” literally: After ambushing Moses (Mathew St. Patrick) and his men, he ripped out Moses’ eyeball, which dangled out of its socket. (Chibs then cut off Moses’ fingers before Jax put a bullet in his head, mirroring the fate Bobby had suffered.)

The eye was stomach-turning and awesome, which is why we asked Sons‘ head of makeup Tracey Anderson how she did it.   READ FULL STORY

'Sons of Anarchy': Walton Goggins talks Venus and Tig's heart-to-heart

Spoiler alert: In the Nov. 11 episode of Sons of Anarchy, “Faith and Despondency,” Venus (Walton Goggins) and Tig (Kim Coates) took their relationship to the next level—then almost called it quits. The always eloquent Goggins, who’s recurred as the transgender escort for three seasons, talked to EW about filming their emotional conversation—and where he thinks Venus and Tig went afterward. Bonus for Justified fans, he also got us psyched for that show’s final season, which premieres in January. (He’s about to start shooting episode six.)

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Kurt Sutter to host Tuesday's 'Anarchy Afterword'

FX’s Sons of Anarchy aftershow, Anarchy Afterword, returns to FX tonight following episode 10, and fans will be happy to see who’s at the head of the table. Show creator Kurt Sutter will moderate the conversation with guests Charlie Hunnam and Tommy Flanagan. Kim Coates and guest star Walton Goggins will also make special appearances.

The super-sized episode will run until 11:36 p.m. ET, with the aftershow scheduled to wrap at 12:30 a.m. ET. That means the cast, many of whom will join Sutter on TBS’ Conan tonight at 11 p.m. ET, will be going up against themselves in the ratings. READ FULL STORY

'Sons of Anarchy': Billy Brown has a fun story about that Bobby scene

Sons of Anarchy fans are still reeling from the Nov. 4 episode, which said goodbye to Bobby (Mark Boone Junior). But Billy Brown, the actor who plays August Marks, the Big Bad who pulled the trigger, may actually be able to cheer them up with a couple of great behind-the-scenes anecdotes. READ FULL STORY

'Sons of Anarchy' director Peter Weller talks key Bobby, Chibs scenes

Spoiler alert: The Nov. 4 episode of Sons of Anarchy, “What a Piece of Work Is Man,” said goodbye to a core character and watched another make a surprising move on the hood of a cop car. (Read our postmortems with Mark Boone Junior (Bobby) and Annabeth Gish (Jarry).) Peter Weller, who directed the episode—and, of course, recurs on the series as Charlie Barosky—spoke to EW about those memorable scenes, what makes Sons special, and how the Nov. 18 episode, which he also directed, nearly destroyed him. READ FULL STORY

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