The stories seen throughout Sons of Anarchy are fictional, but the Charlie Hunnam Sons of Anarchy character took inspiration from a real-life biker that the actor met when preparing to play Jax Teller. In 2008, viewers traveled to the town of Charming to meet a motorcycle club in the TV series Sons of Anarchy, created by Kurt Sutter. Sons of Anarchy was very well received from the beginning, with critics praising its tone, themes, and the performances of its main cast, and the series lived on for a total of seven seasons, coming to an end in 2014.
Sons of Anarchy tells the story of Jackson “Jax” Teller (Charlie Hunnam), VP of the motorcycle club Sons of Anarchy in the fictional town of Charming, California. The events of the series are kicked off when Jax finds a manifesto written by his late father, John Teller, one of the founding members of the MC, in which he shared his plans and vision for the club. These were very different from those of the current President and Jax’s stepfather, Clay Morrow (Ron Perlman), sending Jax on a personal journey that leads him to question his path, role in the club, relationships, family, and more. Sons of Anarchy tells fictional stories, but it did take a lot of inspiration from real-life motorcycle clubs and their culture, and even Hunnam was inspired by one biker in particular.
Jax Teller was the lead of Sons of Anarchy from beginning to end and went through a whole journey that saw him go from SAMCRO’s hope to change their history and take them on a new path, to the man who almost destroyed the club he grew up in. Jax’s story isn’t based on that of a real-life person and it takes many elements from William Shakespeare’s Hamlet, a confirmed inspiration for the show, but the Charlie Hunnam Sons of Anarchy character Jax was heavily based around a real biker he met in several other key ways. Speaking to The Huffington Post back in 2015, Hunnam was asked if he got to spend time with real motorcycle clubs, and he shared that he spent a lot of time with one particular club during the initial rehearsal period of Sons of Anarchy, and that’s where he met the real Jax Teller.