It's always nice when one's sports and cultural obsessions collide. For me, that happened last week, when I was able to spend about half an hour on the phone with actor Theo Rossi, who plays Juan Carlos ‘Juice' Ortiz on the FX show "Sons of Anarchy".
Currently in season three, "Sons" has been beating major-network shows in key demographics and has a cult following that the creator of any show would love to have. Not bad for an edgy show about bikers, which features more sex, violence and profanity than any non-premium cable show on the air.
But the real story behind "Sons" is the writing and the casting. Created by Kurt Sutter, who was one of the masterminds behind "The Shield", "Sons" is a family drama. Like "The Sopranos", it turns the traditional idea of family on its head in refreshingly believable fashion.
Rossi came to the acting game from playing high school and college football, so he's got a keen interest in the pigskin side of things. We talk about his beloved New York Jets and Oakland Raiders, explain how Rex Ryan would fit in SAMCRO (maybe Bobby Elvis has an extra cut?), and discuss how the less savory aspects of drama and football (violence and controversy) can overshadow the genius of the people who draw up the game plans. It's a pretty interesting interview, so kick back, relax, and enjoy.
(Note: This podcast is not entirely work-safe; there are a couple of f-bombs that pop up between the 25:00 and 26:00 mark that would have affected the points Theo was making had I edited them out.)