Emilio Rivera is coming back with a vengeance. The actor is coming back to the small screen in the Spanish translation of Sons of Anarchy. The hit FX show is airing on NBC Universo as Sons of Anarchy en Español for the first time in the United States.
"I love that this is finally happening. At its core, ‘Sons of Anarchy’ is a show about family. And the Latino culture, like no other culture I know of, is rooted so deeply in the bonds of family," Kurt Sutter, the creator of the show, stated.
We spoke to Rivera all about the show coming back in Spanish and what we can expect to see in the spin-off Mayans MC.
Why do you think it was important for the show Sons of Anarchy to get translated into Spanish?
I think it's a positive that a Spanish-speaking audience can see a show like this in their own language. The show is great exceptional. It's like watching a movie every week so just think that our Spanish speaking people can watch it in Spanish, I really dig it.
What do you want the viewers to get out of being able to watch the original Sons of Anarchy in Spanish?
I want them to know they going to see a lot of violence, a lot of corruption but I also want them to get out of it the family thing. you know jack what he does for his family. It's just about your loyalty and it's kind of weird because it's like instead of family first its loyalty to the club first. Club is family, you know.
For those who have been living under a rock, can you talk to us about your character Marcus Alvarez?
My character Marcus is the President of the Mayans motorcycle. We make ends meat by running the drugs and prostitution in South California.
How would you say you really have been able to relate to Marcus?
Me and him have a lot similarities because I'm a strong guy. I don't take sh*t from nobody in real life and I'm a very strong family guy. When we first did the scene where my son dies on the show, I called my real son and I told him ‘I'm going to do some stuff on TV that I would never do in real life.’ And he's like dad ‘I know this’s and I broke down. When we shot the scene I was really feeling my son right there. It was really hard for me to do that scene.
What has the whole Sons of Anarchy experience been like for you during the show and now that it's off?
I've been blessed to have been able to work a lot over the years as an actor with this show. I ride in real life and been riding pretty much all my life so to get paid to ride and to be with guys was the best thing ever. I was sad to see it end. I really was! I wish we could add another three more years. Now with the Mayans MC, we're going to continue it with a whole different cast but same concept. It was one of the best things in my career especially because of the friendships and brotherhoods I made on the show and continue on to this day.
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