'Sons of Anarchy' Creator Talks Casting Manson, Love


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Sons of Anarchy creator Kurt Sutter discussed the casting of rock stars Marilyn Manson and Courtney Love for the seventh season of the hit FX motorcycle gang drama at the Television Critics Association Summer Tour in Beverly Hills.

Sutter commented, "I tend to do this every season, I like to do some casting that's a little bit outside the box, you know, from Stephen King to David Hasselhoff - we try to do stuff that's fun."

Regarding Manson's casting, Sutter explained, "Manson (and) I became friends with through some music buddies and he's a huge fan of the show and that was him basically just wearing me down and we found a great role for him and he's great." Manson's character is described by FX as a “white supremacist prison shot-caller who Jax [Charlie Hunnam's character] uses to expand his power base.”

Commenting on his Sons gig, Manson said, “‘Sons’ has been such a big part of my life, as well as my father’s. So I was determined to make him proud by being involved in what will probably be remembered as the most amazing piece of television cinema. After all, the very heart of ‘SOA’ is about that relationship. So, now all I need is a motorcycle.”

Manson, born Brian Hugh Warner, also recently hounded Eastbound and Down creator Danny McBride for a spot on that show, and got his wish:

Regarding the casting of Courtney Love, Sutter said he doesn't know Love too well, but they met a few times and she had expressed interest in being on the show. "And then, we had this role of a school teacher and I thought, 'Who better than Courtney Love?' and so it sort of fits into our parameters of Sons of Anarchy casting," Sutter remarked.

Love will first appear in the fourth episode as Ms. Harrison, the pre-school teacher of main character Jax’s (Charlie Hunnam) eldest son Abel.

Sons of Anarchy season 7 premieres September, 9 at 10 PM ET/PT on FX.

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