There's no denying that "Sons of Anarchy" fans are rabid about the show. For six seasons, they've ravenously devoured all of the dark details of the renegade motorcycle club members' lives. Donal Logue recently joined the cast as Lee Toric, and the series' devotees want to know as much as they can about the renegade clan in Charming, California. In a recent conference call interview, Logue shared some subtle details that shed a bright light on the new "SOA" bad boy.
Logue was asked about the book "Watchfiends and Rack Screams" by Antonin Artaud, which rested in the background on Toric's bed in a recent scene. He talked about the French author, poet and playwright, who penned the novel in the late 1940s.
The 46-year-old actor explained, "He spent a lot of time in mental institutions. He walked that thin line between; he was a genius, and he was mentally ill probably." A master of the "theater of cruelty," Artaud was frequently institutionalized throughout his life.
The "Terriers" star explained how Artaud's work is relevant to "Sons of Anarchy," saying, "He didn't believe that there was much of a difference between art and life. He thought that art's duty was to be as real as life, and to be just basically shocking and brutal. To hit you in your face so hard that it broke the kind of comfortable veneer with which you perceive reality. In a weird way, the way that 'Sons of Anarchy' does that and comes at you with this brutality."
Logue acknowledged that Artaud's urge to reveal the dark underbelly in its most real state is also true of "SOA" creator Kurt Sutter. There's no denying that Sutter has never shied away from the uglier side of the members of his outlaw motorcycle club.
And he admitted that his character also has chosen to submerge himself in a less-than-pleasant existence. As Logue noted his character is on a crusade. "
He revealed about Touric, "I dip into all these worlds where people can say, 'Well, in that world, in the cartel world, in the motorcycle club world stuff happens. People get killed. You know the rules. It's kind of amoral in this kind of way.' His thing is he'll shock you to make you see what's right and wrong, I'm going to come at you 10 times heavier."
Tune in to the "Sons of Anarchy" season finale on Tuesday, 12/4 at 10 PM EST on FX.
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