I guess there was something in the LA Times about me beefing with Charlie at the TCA's. It's a little late, but it's true. Interesting that it shows up during all this Twitter nonsense. Charlie and I had an email exchange that got misinterpreted on both ends. When we saw each other the morning of the TCA panel, we both sounded off. We're fucking alpha males, what else were we gonna do? We fucking put it on the table, we used the word "cunt" as frequently as possible, and we moved on. Charlie passed on the panel. I unfortunately had to sit through it.
Charlie Hunnam is the consummate professional. I am blessed to have him as number one on the call sheet. I'm on record dozens of times praising him for his commitment and passion to SOA. I truly love the guy. So when Charlie has a bad day, I pay attention, because it's an anomaly. So afterwards I had to go back and re-read the email and then take a look at my part. Because at the end of the day, anything going south on this show is on me. I discuss that in more detail in this previous blog, HALFWAY.
Charlie and I followed up our TCA chat with a great conversation about process. It was the kind of discourse that every showrunner should have with their talent. He was able to share with me the stress and challenges of carrying a show and I was able to share my process as well. More importantly, I was able to listen. He's a really sensitive, bright guy and a learn from him every day.
Running a show is a continuous learning experience. The things I learned last season may not apply to challenges I have this season. I'm a lucky guy to have actors like Charlie, Katey, Ron and Maggie. All my actors, all their idiosyncrasies makes the Sons set one of the most fun sets in town. Ask anyone who guests on this show, it's pretty badass.
Anyway, I'm sure the gossip whores will be all over this, so I just wanted to share my point of view before TMZ turns it into some kinda warlock fight.