Kurt Sutter has made it a point to distinguish Mayans MC from Sons of Anarchy, but that hasn’t stopped fans from comparing the spin-off’s star, PD Pardo, with his predecessor, Charlie Hunnam. Hunnam played the protagonist throughout SOA’s seven seasons, and while Mayans MC is just getting started, Pardo recently shared his thoughts about constantly being compared to Hunnam.
Pardo knew that he would eventually be compared to Hunnam. So instead of trying to replicate what Hunnam did, Pardo decided to go in a different direction altogether, because, in his words, “nobody likes a karaoke version of something great.”
While Pardo praised Hunnam’s performance as being “phenomenal,” he pointed out that there are too many differences between the characters for a true comparison. Sons of Anarchy started with Jax as the heir apparent to the club, while Pardo’s EZ Reyes is starting from the bottom.
In the interview with GQ, Pardo also talked about what it was like preparing for his role in Mayans MC. The actor revealed that Sutter hid EZ’s backstory and the only thing he had to go by was his character’s stint in prison.
Pardo took that part of his character’s journey and ran with it. But the hardest part was that Sutter did not want him doing any research on biker gangs and their culture. With EZ being a prospect with the Mayans, Sutter wanted Pardo to learn things at the same pace as his character, which adds a nice touch to the show.
So far, Mayans MC has been a ratings success for FX. The network just announced that it ordered a second season of the spinoff from Sutter and co-creator Elgin James, which means the comparisons between JD Pardo and Charlie Hunnam probably won’t end anytime soon.
New episodes of Mayans MC air Tuesday nights on FX.