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Sons Of Anarchy's Ron Perlman Recalls The Show's Chapel Scenes As His Favorites

Warning: Major spoilers for "Sons of Anarchy" ahead.

If FX's "Sons of Anarchy" is supposed to be Shakespeare's "Hamlet" on motorcycles, as creator Kurt Sutter confirmed, then Clay Morrow (Ron Perlman) is the FX series' incarnation of villain King Claudius. Clay is the President of SAMCRO and was once the best friend of founder John Teller, Jax Morrow's (Charlie Hunnam) father. Clay then married Teller's wife and Jax's mother, Gemma (Katey Sagal), after his death.

It's eventually revealed that Clay likely killed Teller, allowing him to take over the club and turn it into a criminal enterprise. Jax discovers the truth and strips him of his title, getting revenge by framing him for the murder of Damon Pope (Harold Perrineau). Finally, when Clay is in prison, Jax murders him by making it look like a deal with the IRA went wrong.

It's been a decade since Perlman left "Sons of Anarchy," but he still remembers the show fondly — especially filming the chapel scenes.

The club meetings are crucial to the show

In a 2018 Reddit AMA session, u/Raaidr asked Ron Perlman about "Sons of Anarchy:" "What was your favorite scene to shoot? Why?"

Perlman replied, "my favorites [sic] scenes were the ones in the chapel with the boys. That was quintessential sons of anarchy stuff."

The actor isn't referring to an actual chapel, but to the room in the Sons of Anarchy clubhouse where regular meetings are held. The members often call it the chapel because everyone gathers around the big table to talk about club business, a ritual that has the seriousness of going to church. These are some of the most important sequences on the show, as Clay helps take charge while SAMCRO makes critical decisions. 

It was an intense show to make, but Perlman looks back on it fondly. The actor told NPR's Fresh Air in 2015, "We really – not we, but Kurt really went out of his way to make sure that we had the endorsement of the MC world because we took the time to be as authentic and as subtle and as gray – rather than black and white – as we possibly could be. So I laud him for that."

"Sons of Anarchy" is streaming in its entirety on Hulu.