2:29pm PT by Jean Bentley
'Mayans MC' Will Feature More F-Bombs Than 'Sons of Anarchy,' Kurt Sutter Says
When Kurt Sutter finishes writing an episode of his Sons of Anarchy spinoff Mayans MC, he takes a "'fuck' inventory."
"I'm not quite sure where the shift has happened, but there is a lot more freedom in terms of language and we will be able to say 'fuck' on FX," the creator told fans Sunday at Mayans' San Diego Comic-Con debut in Hall H. "I always do a 'fuck' inventory at the end of every script and go, 'Oh, that's way too much.'"
Broadcast standards have changed drastically since his original biker drama debuted on FX — but it was always a challenge "to live in a world where that word didn't exist."
Mayans stars JD Pardo as Ezekiel “EZ” Reyes, a fresh-out-of-prison prospect in the Mayan MC charter on the California/Mexico border. And although the new series takes place in the same world as Sons of Anarchy, about three years after the events of the series finale, there will only be peripheral crossovers (and, of course, Emilio Rivera's character from the show).
"I'm really protective of that mythology and the way it ended and letting fans, whether they enjoyed it or not, to have that experience and for that idea of how that club continued ... I really want to leave in the minds of the fans," Sutter said. "Right now there's no intersecting stories that will interfere with that, but Sons is a big world and there was a lot of peripheral players ... so there will be those kind of intersections."
Sutter also elaborated on the statement he made at the show's ATX Television Festival panel about the fact that many of his castmembers have records and he cast actors who had "more jail time than screen time."
"It's not like I began my casting process in county [jail]," he joked, "but a lot of these actors come from the life and authentic characters are important to me."
Added Sutter: "Quite selfishly, the energy of those men and women who know that they probably shouldn't be there, they should probably be someplace else somewhere much darker ... that they be given a second chance and the chance to prove themselves, you can't bottle that energy. It's magic on set, and it goes a long way."
Mayans MC premieres Tuesday, Sept. 4, at 10 p.m. ET/PT on FX.