When “Sons of Anarchy” returns for its sixth season, everything has changed. After the events of Season 5, nearly every relationship on the show is more strained that it was before. With everything that’s happening though, some might forget one important relationship, between the club and the law. One person who hasn’t forgotten is LaMonica Garrett, who plays Deputy Sheriff Cane on the show.
When Lieutenant Eli Roosevelt (Rockmond Dunbar) took over law enforcement in Charming, he couldn’t have expected it would cost him his wife, but it did. While the fifth season ended with Roosevelt and Jax (Charlie Hunnam) working together to punish Clay (Ron Perlman) for his wife’s death, things can never be the same between the sheriff’s office and SAMCRO.
That much is confirmed by Garrett. While talking to Zap2it, he looks back on Season 5 and admits, “It changes the dynamic.” However, he’s quick to make sure he doesn’t spill any good secrets, adding, “You’ve got to tune in to see it.”
He is able to share some changes to his character, though. “Deputy Cane is a pretty straight-forward, no-nonsense, by the book kind of guy,” he says. “In Season 6 you see a little bit more personality from him, a different side of him.”
Adding a little personality shouldn’t be a huge stretch for Garrett, who has quite a bit of experience in TV comedies. He’s appeared on “Mike & Molly” and the latest season of “Arrested Development,” but viewers might recognize him most from his current stint on “The Game.” Unlike many of the male cast members, his role on the show isn’t that of a football player, which is ironic considering considering his past. “I had a brief time where I was chasing that NFL dream but my character on ‘The Game’ is a movie star. So I’m an actor playing a movie star.” Getting to work some comedy into your character allows an actor to personalize a role more so than you might be able to with one that is straight-laced, Garrett says, “You get to show a lot more of you, which is fun.”
Though he’s been able to play a multitude of different roles in his career, there’s still one Garrett would love to take on, that of a superhero. He’s a comic book fan, who dreams of playing John Stewart, the Green Lantern, one day. It’s his favorite character in comics, explaining, “For the past five years I’ve been John Stewart for Halloween.”
As a comic fan, he has faith in Ben Affleck pulling off the role of Batman, mostly because of Christopher Nolan’s involvement in the “Man of Steel” franchise. “Christopher Nolan can do no wrong in my book after the [‘Dark Knight’] trilogy,” he says, “so if he put his stamp of approval on it, I’m going to see it.” Though, as a fan he doesn’t really have a choice, adding, “I don’t care if they cast Shaq as Batman, I’m still going to go watch it.” That would definitely cause a bit more outrage than Affleck.
“Sons of Anarchy” Season 6 premieres Tuesday, September 10, at 10 p.m. ET on FX.