Donal Logue says that despite how they may come across to an audience, the characters he plays are “always utterly sympathetic to me.” So you won’t hear him talk about the potentially very dangerous man he’s playing on “Sons of Anarchy” as a bad guy.
“I’m not a jerk for being intense about someone smuggling a murder weapon in to kill my sister,” Logue says of the character, former U.S. marshal Lee Toric. “I’d probably be a jerk if I was nonplussed about it. It’s kind of ‘Outlaw Josey Wales’ style — you picked the wrong person. … If you mess with someone, you always take that risk that they have a family and they have people who are vengefully minded.”
Logue mentions “The Outlaw Josey Wales,” the 1976 Clint Eastwood movie about a man out for revenge for the murder of his wife and son, several times in a conference call with reporters Wednesday (Nov. 28). He understands the audience’s sympathies might lie with Jax (Charlie Hunnam), Tara (Maggie Siff) and other members of SAMCRO. But he also believes Toric isn’t wrong for seeking vengeance on the people involved in the death of his sister, the prison nurse killed by Otto (“SOA” creator Kurt Sutter) in episode 10 this season. (Toric’s sister, incidentally, was played by Logue’s real-life sister Karina.)
“Everyone’s like, ‘This guy’s so bad,'” he says. “This guy’s sister was brutally murdered by an outlaw organization that engages in illegal activities. I get it. I root for the underdog, and I understand where the antihero stuff comes [from], but I think Lee Toric’s game is, ‘I understand. You want to say in our world these things happen, and this is part of the game, and there’s collateral damage.’ I’m going to bring a shocking level of violence to you to show you that your perspective and perception of what is right and wrong is wrong. It’s a really powerful moral stance.”
Logue has been a “Sons of Anarchy” fan for some time and says he had talked with Sutter about appearing on the show a few times prior to this season: “Invariably he would have a conversation with me like 42 seconds after I had committed to doing another pilot.” Part of what interested him about Toric, he says, is that he represents a different sort of threat to Jax and the club than viewers have seen in the past.
“A lot of times [on the show] you’ll have existing law enforcement types who are maybe antagonistic, but they start to shift the longer they’re around the club,” he says. “But this is the first time someone comes in like from beyond [that world] and is very skilled and very experienced, and also has, from the get-go, a super-particular axe to grind. … That’s fun to play.”
Logue doesn’t want to reveal much about what Toric does in Tuesday’s (Dec. 4) “Sons of Anarchy” season finale, but he suggests his story might not wrap up with that episode.
“I think it’s fair to say that whatever he’s got to do might take a while to do,” Logue says. “I didn’t know exactly what the parameters were in talking about beyond [this season]. But I think Lee Toric is a pretty significant threat to these guys, and I’m implying that it could go somewhere deeper and further.”
What do you think of Logue’s work on “Sons of Anarchy” this season? What do you think Toric’s plan is?