Peter Weller is a familiar presence on “Sons of Anarchy,” even if he didn’t get a character on the show until the Season 6 premiere, “Straw.” The man best known for playing RoboCop is a regular director on the “Sons,” having helmed five episodes from previous seasons and three episodes in Season 6, including tonight’s “One One Six.”
While he was promoting the “Star Trek Into Darkness” Blu-ray and Digital release, Zap2it spoke with Weller about the way “One One Six” deals with the aftermath of the school shooting in “Straw.” He says this was an especially hard episode for him to direct because he and his wife Sheri Stowe are parents to a 2-year-old son.
“I’ve got a 2-year-old kid. Everybody’s got kids on the set, and that first episode, you see it. Everyone who’s got a kid is going to go, wow,” Weller says. In terms of having an episode deal with a school shooting, he explains, “It’s a very, very touchy subject in the United States right now. Then again, I was thinking about, ‘How touchy is this?’ I was talking to [series creator] Kurt Sutter and some other people and the producers, and they said a very interesting thing. This is a show that’s been about guys flying under the radar by selling guns, and it’s about time that there was a moral culpability.”
He continues, “[‘Sons of Anarchy’] now is taking the chickens home to roost. There’s going to be a lot of people saying, ‘This is awful and horrible,’ right? But these are the same people who love the running guns thing. So it is making a statement about guns.”
Weller’s son has a special connection to “Sons of Anarchy.” Though Stowe jokes that they “tat the baby up and carry him to set still,” many important moment in the toddler’s life have happened while Weller was working on “Sons.”
“Our child was conceived the week I talked to Kurt about ‘Sons of Anarchy.’ We found out we were pregnant the day I got hired for ‘Sons of Anarchy.’ The first trip he ever took at three weeks old to ‘Sons of Anarchy.’ The first gift he ever got was from Kurt Sutter and Katey Sagal; a little beanie [that says] ‘Sons of Anarchy.’ I was directing when he was born. That’s a family to me,” Weller explains.
Since Weller has been involved in “Sons of Anarchy” since he directed the 2011 episode “Dorylus,” it’s been a long time coming for him to join the show’s cast. But he says getting the role of Charles Barosky is as simple as Sutter asking him to come on board.
“Kurt said, ‘Hey, I got this role, you want me to flip it to you?’ And I said, ‘Yeah,'” Weller recalls.
In addition to episode 2, Weller confirms he is also directing Season 6 episodes 8 and 11. It’s in episode 11 where he teases the season’s big events will take place.
“That’s the big climax. There’s a two-part finale, but the climax is — some stuff really happens, man,” Weller says of episode 11.
With the first “RoboCop” remake trailer making its way online recently, Zap2it also asked Weller if he has any thoughts on the new film director Jose Padilha has created. “RoboWhat?” Weller jokes, before confirming he won’t be checking out the new movie and saying, “I wish them well. It’s a hard hurdle, if I do say so myself.”
“Sons of Anarchy” airs Tuesdays at 10 p.m. ET on FX.