“Sons Of Anarchy” Creator Kurt Sutter Just Revealed That He Originally Wanted Dr. Dre To Play A Pretty Prominent Character In The Show

Kurt also reflected on casting Charlie Hunnam as Jax Teller, saying of the British actor: “There was charisma, a beauty about him that was wholly masculine, yet the fragility was right there.”

Sons of Anarchy might have ended almost 10 years ago now, but it is still widely regarded as one of television’s most popular series — and for good reason.

Jax Teller on his bike being pursued by police on the highway

As Sons went on, and its popularity grew, it became common for celebrities to have cameos or guest appearances in the episodes, including David Hasselhoff, Ashley Tisdale, Lea Michele, and Marilyn Manson.

Marilyn Manson sitting at a table in Sons of Anarchy

And now, in a new podcast, the show’s creator, Kurt Sutter, has revealed two other stars who he originally wanted to cast as major characters.

Kurt Sutter with beard and tattoos wearing glasses is seated with his hands clasped

For context, Kurt created, produced, and wrote the series, while also directing some episodes. He also played incarcerated MC member Otto Delaney, and his wife, Katey Sagal, played one of the show’s main characters — and biggest antagonists — Gemma Teller, Jax’s mom.

Katey Sagal and Kurt Sutter on the red carpet

One of those questions asked if there were any actors Kurt had wanted on the show but was unable to make work — and somebody immediately came to mind.

Kurt Sutter and Katey Sagal sitting in a living room

The showrunner revealed he originally wanted rapper Dr. Dre to play police officer Eli Roosevelt in the series. Roosevelt joined Sons of Anarchy in the fourth season and played a pretty pivotal role up until his death in the Season 6 finale.

A closeup of Roosevelt in Sons of Anarchy

“We actually wanted Dre. I don’t know if we officially made an offer, but we wanted him,” Kurt explained. “We thought it would be cool to have Dre play a cop, for Roosevelt.”

A closeup of Dr Dre

And Kurt went on to reveal that Jimmy Smits’s character, Nero Padilla, was initially an entirely different concept to what ended up on our screens. In fact, the original idea was that the character of Nero would replace Ryan Hurst’s character Opie as Jax’s best friend after Opie’s tragic death in Season 5.

Nero speaking to Gemma in a car

“The initial conceit of the character of Nero was not necessarily as a love interest for Gemma; it was more kind of like an Opie character,” Kurt said. “And I really wanted Jack Huston. I was such a fan of Boardwalk Empire and his character, and he’s such a great actor and a lovely guy. Jack loved the idea, but we just couldn’t make it work. Boardwalk was, you know, in the throws of its success.”

Jack Huston in dark blazer over shirt at an event with sponsor logos in background

Elsewhere in the podcast, Kurt reflected on how lucky they were to secure Charlie as their leading man because the star was actually focusing on writing when the opportunity arose and wasn’t looking for any acting roles.

Charlie Hunnam and Kurt Sutter pose for photos on the red carpet

“It sounds so cheesy, and it’s Hollywood: ‘That kid’s going to be a star!’ but it was so clear to me when I saw Charlie’s sort of swagger in the first few episodes,” he continued. “Not because of the show; I didn’t know if that character would be any kind of vehicle for him in terms of moving his career forward, but I knew that he just had that thing. And he’s such a sweet boy.”

Charlie Hunnam smiling while wearing a dark suit and tie

The actor was just 19 years old when he got his breakout role in the British TV series Queer as Folk in 1999, which has a huge cult following. But other than that, Charlie’s career didn’t really take off until Sons — and he admitted that he was getting “really, really frustrated” over not booking jobs prior to this.

A younger Charlie Hunnam smiling widely at an event

Charlie then said that he was able to secure a couple of days to “obsessively read” the script over and over again before meeting with Kurt, and he was asked to meet with the studio the following day.

Charlie Hunnam in Sons of Anarchy
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