Lee Jones may have landed the role of a lifetime as he gets ready to star in Kurt Sutter’s newest series, The Bastard Executioner. With that in mind, Jones recently sat down with Carter Matt and discussed working with the Sons of Anarchy creator, and how his new role has already changed his life.
“It really happened so fast to me, [getting] this job. I knew about his [Sutter] success … I knew what a prolific writer and talent he is. But my world was really in the theater, and I hadn’t been watching that much telly,” Jones explained. “I got cast so quickly that [I may] dig into Sons when I have the time. The schedule is just so off the chain right now. Things haven’t really stopped since the pilot, and that was in March. Kurt created such … Everything was there in the scripts. So I just made it through that.”
Jones plays Wilkin Brattle in The Bastard Executioner. Brattle is a warrior knight who decides to retire from his life of violence in order to live a more peaceful existence on a farm. However, Brattle is quickly faced with more brutality and is forced to become the executioner in this 14th century drama.
In terms of how the show has impacted his own life, Jones explained how being a star in a highly anticipated series has changed everything.
“Yeah! Definitely. I mean, my luck has changed since I got the job. The fans are tremendous, and to work on something so creative and satisfying and epic, things have gone from 0 to 100 very quickly,” he revealed. “I feel like everyone in the cast and the crew have been really supportive, and I know things are going to get perhaps crazy. That’s what people are telling me.”
Although many have come to expect plenty of violence when it comes to Sutter, Jones told the New York Times that The Bastard Executioner runs deeper than trivial acts of bloodshed. “People are going to expect the battles, the blood, the guts,” he stated. “Kurt also developed a greater mythology behind the show that’s going to keep expanding.”
Along with his upcoming role, Jones has a good deal of experience in stage acting. In addition to his involvement in a number of Shakespeare plays, Jones was also the lead in the 2013 production of Frankenstein.
[Image Courtesy: Kurt Sutter via Instagram]