Three Years In the Making: Donal Logue on His Stint in ‘Sons of Anarchy’
It took a few years, but Donal Logue and Kurt Sutter finally found a way to bring Donal’s services as a featured guest star in season five of Sons of Anarchy.
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It’s been what, two years now since Terriers was canceled? It still hurts to this day knowing that series never made it past one season. Fortunately it is on Netflix. Since then I’ve seen very little of Donal Logue, who played Hank Dolworth in the series. He’s been around, just not in anything I have watched. I’ve always thought he would make a great guest in Sons, and this season, our wishes came true.
Donal Logue plays Lee Toric, the brother of a nurse whom Otto Delaney killed in prison. Lee comes as more than just a mourning brother. He’s a former U.S. Marshal. He has the ability to make it bad for Otto in his final few weeks. We were also left seeing Lee last in a hotel room with a handful of rifles and shotguns on his bed. Is this more than just a brother getting answers for his sister’s death? What’s Toric’s connection to the Sons?
The Voice of TV had the pleasure of listening in on a conference call with Donal Logue to gain his perspective and get some answers to his character. Given that the season finale is just days away, Mr. Logue kept it spoiler free throughout the entire conversation.
How did he get on the show?
It turns out that this was a long time coming. According to Mr. Logue, for the past three years Kurt Sutter and him have been trying to find a way to get him on as a guest star. Each time Kurt had an ideal role for Donal, he was already signed on to another pilot or project. Donal is a fan of the show itself and wanted to work on it, but it was just scheduling conflicts that kept getting in the way.
For the role of Lee Toric, it just came in at the perfect time.
What’s been his favorite part of his stint?
The general gist of what seemed to be the part he most enjoyed about his time on Sons was familiarity. He has history with some of the crew and producers – as they also worked on Terriers. It was also another opportunity for him to work with his sister, Karina Logue (who played the ill fated nurse). Again, another Terriers nostalgic memory as she guest starred on that series as well.
Donal goes on to get asked about what is his take on the character of Lee Toric. In some angles we can see him being a good guy, but at others a bad guy. He has an obvious hate towards the Sons right now and is obviously planning something, but Mr. Logue goes on to mention that in his mind, Lee would not be doing what he is doing if it wasn’t for the murder of his sister.
It wouldn’t be a proper conversation if Terriers wasn’t brought up. When asked about how often or if he even thinks about a second season to the canceled-too-early series, Mr. Logue went on to say this:
Oh, yes. All the time. In fact, I had a really a really good hang with Michael Raymond-James yesterday, and we muse about it. We muse about shooting our own little Indie film version of Season 2. I have to say that it was a thrilling kind of ride to be on Terriers, and of course it was really this kind of odd circumstance where it was really loved by the people it was loved by, but it didn’t really do well. In fairness to FX, they were just so generous in keeping it on the air the whole year.
There is something about it, especially I talked to some people in Europe who had seen it, and it really played to them like a BBC mini-series. It ended on this kind of really kind of beautiful existentialist kind of moment, and so to me it felt like a complete document. I miss it, of course, but I felt like however that all 13 tied up I felt like at least we have that, and it feels kind of ─ Michael and I joked about what if it just started going downhill after that and becoming absurd? At least it has this tight little package that’s really nice. I’m kind of having fun moving on and doing all these other things.
(quoted November 28, 2012)
It’s also interesting to note that there is a semi-Terriers reunion on Sons as both Logue and Rockmond Dunbar are currently guest starring. Unfortunately, as of yet, they have not filmed any scenes together and it’s doubtful (considering their respective arcs) that we won’t see that in the finale either.
In regards to how he would prepare for the role of Lee Toric, Mr. Logue went on to say he really didn’t do anything special. He understood that Lee Toric is a man in pain, but he’s had that kind of experience before in acting, such with his stint on The Practice years ago.
Who came up with the character? Since it was a long time coming, who had the idea of Lee Toric? Mr. Logue mentioned it was essentially all Kurt. Each time the two talked about bringing him on the show, the characters and inspirations were usually all of Kurt’s doing. Mr. Logue went on to say that he’s glad it happened when it did, as he finds Lee Toric a very interesting and fascinating character and he’s been happy to do it thus far.
I wanted to end this article with this. Lance Carter of the Daily Actor asked Mr. Logue a question about what kind of advice you would give to actors when it comes to getting your name out there. His response was truly inspiring. It’s quite a lengthy read compared to his other answers so what I decided to do – instead of filling this page with loads more text, I have placed the entire conversation on the second page. Proceed to the next page to view it. I highly recommend it.
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