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Ron Perlman Surprised by Survival of his Brutal Clay on ‘SOA’

Ron Perlman is back to work on the set of “Sons of Anarchy” this week – and admits he’s surprised to be there.  As followers of FX’s acclaimed series about an outlaw motorcycle club are aware, his character, the group’s ex-president Clay Morrow, went on a violent spree last season — violent even for Clay.  He killed an old friend, brutally beat his wife’s (Katey Sagal) face, and ordered the death of the mother of his baby step-grandson.  And those are just the highlights.

“Clay got a little expansive in his house-cleaning agenda,” is how the well-spoken Perlman puts it.  “He actually started doing things that, as I was reading them for the first time, even I was shocked.  There was a survey done toward the end of the season, before the last shows aired, and only 19 per cent of the country figured he could make it through the year alive.  I would have been in the 81 per cent that said, ‘He’s got to go.’  So the fact that I’m around to do Season 5, I’m taking as borrowed time, and I’m really going to enjoy myself, whatever comes my way.  It’s a blessing for me to be back in Season 5 of a show I love to do.”  Perlman has made a tour de force of the role.

“Sons of Anarchy” — which adds Jimmy Smits to its cast in Season 5, debuting in September — has actually already been renewed for Season 6.  Perlman, who, incidentally, has several films in the pipeline, smiles at the mention.  “If you asked me two or three years ago, I’d have figured I’d be around for that, but I’m not taking any bets on Clay Morrow these days.”  He says he doesn’t know how the season will go.  “We get the scripts a few days before we shoot them, and that’s fine with me.  You don’t get ahead of yourself.”

Right now, Perlman says he isn’t even 100 per cent certain that he’ll get June 11 off.  But he’s pretty sure he will.  That’s the date he will be hosting The Screen Actors Guild Foundation’s 3rd Annual Los Angeles Golf Classic, benefiting SAG’s Catastrophic Health Fund and Assistance Programs.  “I don’t ask for that many accommodations.  I’ve asked them to do the very best they can to make sure I can attend my own tournament that day, and they’ve never let me down before,”  he says.  Supporters of this year’s “Actors Fore Actors” tourney include George Clooney, Tim Allen, Kevin Nealon, Greg Itzin, Dennis Haysbert, Ray Romano and Dave Annable.  The event, sponsored by Integrated Wealth Management, takes place at Burbank’s Lakeside Golf Club.

“It’s grown each year.  The first one was great, the second one even better, so I’m looking forward to this being the best one yet.  It’s a true labor of love,” he says of the star-studded competition.  As for his own golfing prowess, Perlman says, “I have to admit, I have much more love for the game than talent.”

MEANWHILE:  We couldn’t help wondering — what’s Perlman’s response to the CW’s plans for a new version of his hit series of the 1980s — “Beauty and the Beast” — as part of its fall lineup?  “I saw Jay Acovone the other night and he was one of the regulars on ‘Beauty and the Beast,’ and he asked the same thing,” Perlman tells us.  “I said, ‘We’re so out, we’re in.’  If you stay out long enough, it all comes back around.  That’s why I never threw out my bellbottoms.”

‘Tara’ Absorbs Toni Collette Even When She’s Not Working

Toni Colette, Emmy nominated for her portrayal of a woman with multiple personalities on Showtime’s “United States of Tara,” admits that she finished up the first season of the dramady feeling plain exhausted.  And what’s more, “I was ready to go relax, but it took a long time to stop thinking about the show.  It took a couple of months.  I’ve never really experienced that before.”

Toni Colette in "United States of Tara"

Toni Collette in "United States of Tara" (Photo from Showtime)

The fact she couldn’t shake “Tara,” she figures, has more to do with the intensity and duration of the season’s production than the fact she’s playing five characters — Tara and her alternate personalities.

“I think of the films I’ve worked on, the longest schedule was maybe nine weeks.  This was really the longest, most involving shoot that I’ve ever worked on, so that probably had something to do with it.”

She’s not complaining.  “It is challenging, but only in the most positive way.  It’s not in any way vexing,” adds the Aussie actress, who rose to fame in such fare as “Muriel’s Wedding,” picked up an Oscar nomination for “The Sixth Sense,” and has a long string of films including “In Her Shoes” and “Little Miss Sunshine.”

The “Tara” team has just started work on Season 2, and Toni says, “I’m going to hold my breath and come up for air in three months.”

She will, however, be making time to go to the Emmys.  She doesn’t know yet what she’s going to wear.  “It may turn into a mad scramble closer to the day, but not at this point.”

VROOM WITH A VIEW:  “Sons of Anarchy” star Charlie Hunnam says that the series about a Northern California outlaw motorcycle club has changed his life.  But he’s not referring to being the youngest series star on FX or anything like that.  He’s referring to how “The love of motorcycles is now going to be with me forever.  It’s not something I had coming into this project,” says the handsome 29-year-old British actor.

Charlie Hunnam FZ photo

Charlie Hunnam FX photo

He knows they’re dangerous.  “I’ve already had friends who I’ve lost through motorcycle accidents.  But for me, there’s no freer feeling in the world than taking off on a bike.”  In fact, he’s planning a 10-day motorcycle trip with his girlfriend as we speak, with a custom set of wheels provided for him by the Eagles Nest Harley-Davidson dealership in Lathrop, CA.

“They’re giving myself and other cast members a bike, and they did those bikes up for us as well,” reports Hunnam.  For himself, it’s the Dyna Superglide – “the ride of every self-respecting outlaw” — with “a head pipe on it to make it louder.”

We’d love to see “Anarchy” fans’ double takes if they spot Charlie roarin’ up next to them on the highway.

With production of the second season complete, the blond hottie is looking at movie prospects for fall.  And, he reveals, he is planning to do a feature with none other than “Sons of Anarchy” creator Kurt Sutter.  “He’s going to make a movie the beginning of the year and has super generously offered me a role.”

MEANWHILE: Hunnam tells us that acting in Season 2 of the acclaimed FX series has been less difficult for him than Season 1 was.

Sutter originally devised “Anarchy” using the framework from Shakespeare’s “Hamlet” – which it has grown out of.  That put Hunnam’s Jax character in the position of the passive prince, but he grew more and more fired up as the season went on.

“It’s difficult as an actor to play confusion,” Hunnam observes.  “This year has been much simpler.  I’ve had a very clear idea of what I was going to do.  A lot of decisions were made at the end of last season, when the character became clear in motivation.  It became a little bit easier, and more fulfilling because of that – because I was more confident of the choices I made.”

SINCEREST FORM OF FLATTERY: Heidi Klum tells us she hasn’t watched “The Fashion Show” – the Bravo knockoff of her “Project Runway” that was put together after “Runway” departed for its new home on Lifetime.  However, she makes clear, “I have to say, I have no hard feelings for people who are doing their own thing.  I’m not b—-ing and moaning that there is someone who wants to do what we did or anything like that.  It’s the right of anyone to do what they want to do ultimately it’s the viewer who has to decide what they want to watch.  If they want to watch ‘The Fashion Show,’ they watch ‘The Fashion Show.’  If they want to watch ‘Project Runway,’ they watch ‘Project Runway.’  I think ultimately it keeps us on our toes, wanting to be the best and be out there making it work — to keep working hard and producing a good show, and being true to our concept we started with.”

Heidi can afford to be generous.  The Isaac Mizrahi-led “The Fashion Show” hasn’t come close to pulling even half the numbers “Runway” used to get on Bravo – while “Runway” promises to be a monster hit for Lifetime.

With reports by Emily-Fortune Feimster