TV News – Elgin James Talks About Prison + Mayans MC

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Andrew Turner

Andrew Turner

Freelance Writer. History Graduate from the University of Southampton. Reviews Films, TV and Video Games and you can also find the reviews I publish here on my personal blog theturnertalks.com.

Sons of Anarchy was a television show that was heavily admired by both the critics and the general audience. It also had a core of passionate fans and, once a show has this, it can open the door to possibilities for more TV shows within the same universe. You only have to look at Game of Thrones and the future spin-offs that will be made within that universe after Game of Thrones ends in 2019.

Sons of Anarchy ended in 2014 but a spin-off show called Mayans MC has recently premiered and Elgin James, co-creater of the show, spoke to Collider about the series.

Prison To Mayans MC

Indeed, Elgin James spoke about his journey from prison to working on Mayans MC with Kurt Sutter:

It was pretty random. It was funny because the character of EZ Reyes was a Prospect and just out of prison, and when Kurt and I first started working on this, I was only a few years out of prison myself, and still trying to assimilate into the world. It’s different. That felt so familiar to me. I left being in a gang behind, but I spent the majority of my life in it.”

I had this whole dream about being able to make movies and TV, and I had these amazing mentors and made it come true. And then, an old gang charge came up and I had to go to maximum security prison. To go from almost starting, to then being ripped from all that, when you’re in prison, all of that stuff disappears.”

All of this is make believe. You have to try to stay above that, even though you have to walk through the minefield of violence that exists in any prison, as well as inside of yourself. That’s the only way that I’ve known how to react.”

So, to then be thrust out into the world and this whole industry, it’s about lovely people picking you up and their mentorship, but for the most part, it’s a lot of bullshit that you have to eat. The EZ character has been through that experience.”

He’s been through hell and come out, and now he has to start at the bottom of something and rise up. Kurt was looking for people to write the story with because, as he says, he didn’t think that he should be the one to tell it. That’s phenomenal because he could have easily told the story alone.”

Instead, he gave me, a violent ex-felon who couldn’t get a job at Costco or McDonald’s, a chance. That’s because of Kurt and his generosity. He met with some people and I was the guy that he chose, and we just got to work.”

Thank you for reading this article! You can find my other articles here on Soapbox as well as my reviews which you can also find at my blog theturnertalks.com.

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Andrew Turner

Andrew Turner

Freelance Writer. History Graduate from the University of Southampton. Reviews Films, TV and Video Games and you can also find the reviews I publish here on my personal blog theturnertalks.com.

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