Some behind-the-scenes anarchy at 'Sons of Anarchy'
Apparently the tension that fills every scene of FX's motorcycle gang drama "Sons of Anarchy" isn't limited to the television screen. It occasionally extends into real life too.
That was the case at the recently concluded Television Critics Assn.'s press tour. "Sons of Anarchy" star Charlie Hunnam was supposed to appear on a panel with his co-stars and the show's outspoken creator, Kurt Sutter.
But Hunnam was a no-show on the panel. The reason wasn't that his hog broke down on the way to the event. Sutter and Hunnam had a "disagreement that got a little heated," according to an FX spokesman. While no punches were thrown, the argument led to Hunnam abruptly exiting the Beverly Hilton Hotel, where the event was held.
The spokesman denied one observer's claim that security actually escorted Hunnam from the hotel, noting that security was present at the event, "but not called out for what occurred" between the two. The FX spokesman declined to comment on what Sutter and Hunnam were fighting about, but said the cast had been shooting all night leading up to the Aug. panel "so everyone was pretty beat."
Last Monday, Sutter, Hunnam and FX President John Landgraf met at Landgraf's office to bury the hatchet. “The issues were resolved and their relationship is better than ever," the spokesman said.
Normally, this might be the kind of thing Sutter would talk about on his Twitter account. However, on Sunday, Sutter said he was through tweeting. In a blog post (yes, he's still blogging), Sutter wrote that he is a guy "desperately in need of buffers."
One of Sutter's last tweets was a shot at Matt Weiner, creator of the AMC hit "Mad Men." It came in the wake of the departure of Frank Darabont from another AMC series, "The Walking Dead." Darabont left the show after AMC cut its budget and there has been a lot of chatter in Hollywood circles that Weiner's new big deal to keep doing "Mad Men" had ripple effects. Weiner, Sutter tweeted, "held AMC hostage" and "broke their bank" which led to budgets on other shows being "slashed."
Sutter said he was choosing to shut down his Twitter feed voluntarily. The FX spokesman also said it was Sutter's choice to get off Twitter.
-- Joe Flint
Photos, from top: Charlie Hunnam; Kurt Sutter. Credits: Prashant Gupta / FX; Frederick M. Brown / Getty Images