Sons Of Anarchy: 10 Behind The Scenes Secrets

  
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Sons of Anarchy was a surprise hit when it debuted on FX on September 3, 2008. The unique premise quickly grabbed a hold of a large and loyal audience and the show went on to have a very successful seven season run in which fans were very invested. After coming to an end in 2014, many of the show’s cast and crew have spilled secrets about working on the dark and gruesome series that captivated and at times horrified audiences. With a prequel series allegedly to come, and a spin-off series in the works, take a look back at the original Sons of Anarchy and 10 behind the scenes secrets from the series.

10. Long Hot Days

Filming in Sun Valley and North Hollywood for long days meant the heat was one of the biggest factors for the cast and crew to maneuver as they were usually decked out in full jeans and SAMCRO leathers. Kim Coates (Tig) revealed that it became common on set to have someone pass out or be taken to the hospital. “We used to call it doing ‘the timber.’ We’d lose a crew member a week from passing out. Boom. Gone.” Once even Tommy Flanagan (Chibs) had to be taken to hospital to get an IV, and there were designated umbrella holders who had to try to shield the stars in between takes. They all had ways to fight dehydration including Charlie Hunnam who drank “untreated, unheated ocean water from some f–king kelp forest somewhere,” which was recommended by his hot yoga instructor.

Photo by Picture Perfect / Rex Features

Photo by Picture Perfect / Rex Features

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9. The Double

Over the many seasons of Sons of Anarchy, fans got used to seeing quite a bit of star Charlie Hunnam with, and without, his clothes on. As it turns out though, for all seven seasons it was not Hunnam’s back fans were looking at with the end shot of the opening credits. Tyson Sullivan got booked as a body double for Hunnam for the iconic ending shot, not to mention it is also Sullivan’s hand that are seen opening the knife and revving the bike in the credits. Since it was Hunnam for many of the show’s sex scenes, it was surprising for many that they opted for a body double for the opening sequence.

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