When the cast of FX’s Mayans MC represents, they don’t play. Creators of the show Kurt Sutter and Elgin James rolled deep into the ATX Television Festival with executive producer Norberto Barba as well 13 of the show’s cast members including JD Pardo, Clayton Cardenas, Sarah Bolger, Carla Baratta, Richard Cabral, Antonio Jaramillo, Emilio Rivera, Danny Pino, Michael Irby, Vincent Vargas, Raoul Trujillo, Joseph Lucero, and Frankie Loyal to talk about the upcoming series which opens a new chapter in the Sons of Anarchy saga.
“My job is to transition the mythology from Sons and honor that,” he said. “We want to acknowledge where we came from and those fans and balance that with a show that’s original and different and doesn’t feel like a Latino version of Sons of Anarchy.“
He wants Mayans to not be a show that came from Sons, but grow into its own entity. He also jokes that they need to “get the white guy out of the room as quickly as possible,” referring to himself co-creating a show with majority Latino cast.
“I knew a white a guy from jersey shouldn’t be writing about the Latino culture,” admits Sutter. Even though he has experience in writing about the working class and can honor the MC world, he knew he wanted to bring in a voice that was “real and that was not a white guy.” Enter Elgin James who Sutter says “ethnically represents everyone in the audience” and understands outlaws and survival.
“The thing I love about this cast is that they have more jail time than screen time,” said Sutter as the audience and the panel laughed. “It’s a different f*cking energy on set — the level of gratitude is great. When Elgin walked in, I wasn’t the smartest guy in the room anymore.”
James points out that the MC narrative and how gangs are the result of feeling “disgregarded and diminished.”
“You internalize that and you want a family and want to be seen,” said James. “A gang is a group of f*cked up people looking for a family… and you inflict your damage on the world.”
The panel included an exclusive 13-minute preview of the series which premieres in the fall. Set in present day on the Cali/Mexi border in a post-Jax Teller world, Mayans MC deals with ramifications of that as we are introduced to a new narrative that focuses on a prospect in the Mayan MC charter named EZ Reyes played by Pardo who is trying to make his own identity. as the new leading man in this new chapter, Pardo recognizes the legacy and massive fanbase of Sons — and he wants to do right by them with Mayans.
“Everybody here puts in 200 percent we all believe in it,” he said. “We honor Sons of Anarchy with our work and we want to take it to the next level to honor them.”
The Burnaby firefighters union is pushing back against the firing of one of its members after he posed with three Hells Angels for a photo on social media.
The city fired Nick Elmes on June 27 after an investigation into the photo and the association of his Florian’s Knights biker club with the Hells Angels.
The controversy sprang up in early June, when the Vancouver Sun and Province reported on the photo and the fact the Knights, a Burnaby-based club made up of active and retired firefighters, had participated in rides with the Hells Angels.
B.C.’s public safety minister, the province’s anti-gang agency and city officials all expressed concern.
“I cannot share with you details of the investigation, as the city does not disclose details on internal disciplinary actions,” he told the NOW in an emailed statement.
Elmes, however, told the NOW the Burnaby Fire Fighters IAFF Local 323 was helping him fight the termination.
“I’ve done nothing illegal,” he said. “I’ve done nothing wrong. They couldn’t find anything wrong I did other than I was in a picture with Damiano (Dipopolo, the president of the Kelowna Hells Angels).”
Elmes had said earlier that Dipopolo was a family friend from East Vancouver, where both men grew up.
IAFF Local 323 president Jeff Clark confirmed the Burnaby firefighters union was fighting Elmes’s firing.
“We don’t agree with the termination,” he told the NOW, “and it’s in our lawyer’s hands, and that’s all we’re going to say right now. We have no comment on it.”
The Florian’s Knights motorcycle club was formed in 2016 by active and retired firefighters from Burnaby, New Westminster and Vancouver.
The organization has raised money for the B.C. Professional Firefighters’ Burn Fund through charity rides, and Elmes told the NOW in an earlier interview the Knights were just “likeminded guys on our Harleys trying to raise money and awareness at charitable rides.”
But city officials had been concerned about the club since last fall, when members began wearing their club vests or “colours” to work.
At that time, however, Chu said neither the city nor the fire department had been aware of any connection with the Hells Angels, so there had been no formal investigation.
Since the photo of Elmes with the Hells Angels became public, a number of former Florian’s Knights members have distanced themselves from the club.
Elmes said the Knights have “basically folded” locally because of the controversy, and, since the firing, he could no longer be a member anyway since only active and retired firefighters in good standing are allowed to join.