At the Television Critics Association’s summer press tour, Mayans MC creators Kurt Sutter and Elgin James sat down with some of the show’s cast to discuss the process and elements featured in the upcoming series. Included on the panel was legendary actor Edward James Olmos, who sees the series as an advancement for those of the Latino heritage, stating the series “is going to move the needle.”
Sutter went on to explain while there is a connection between Mayans MC and its predecessor Sons Of Anarchy, those connections would most likely remain in the past via flashbacks, given that this series is set to take place four years after the final season of Sons Of Anarchy. “I don’t want to mess with that mythology,” he said.
Sutter when on to explain how the characters in his stories are created:
“The stories that I like to tell are about people who are damaged… “They live outside the parameters of the norm or what’s expected. As a result of that, there’s a rogue component, an outlaw component. And that’s the case here. But I never write these guys from the point of view that they’re dangerous or bad. I write them from the idea that they’re human beings.”
Sutter explains that the key to developing the series was bringing in Elgin James as co-creator, stating that “a white guy from Jersey shouldn’t be writing a show set in a Latino subculture… it’s more about doing this authentically.” James added on:
“I couldn’t write on the Cosby Show, the brown Cosby Show. I could never write on one of those shows because I don’t know what it’s like to grow up in a functional family. I have this damage inside me that I want to get out.”
Mayans MC premieres September 4th on FX.
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