Ray McKinnon, a longtime friend of Walton, recently sat down with Collider.com in what I would call a worthy read. In it Ray discusses his most recent role as Assistant U.S. District Attorney Lincoln Potter on FX’s other original drama, Sons of Anarchy, along with what’s next for him now with Sons of Anarchy’s 4th season coming to a close tomorrow night.
Here is what Ray said about Walton:
Do you know what Kurt Sutter’s interest was, in casting you on the show?
McKINNON: I know that I, along with others, have made movies, over the years. Because of my relationship with Walton Goggins, and Kurt’s relationship with Walton, and Walton being a part of our movie-making team, I think Walt forced him to look at all of our stuff. So, he knew my work, better than a lot of people did because of that. I was off making these independent films that very few people saw, and loving it. But, I think that was part of it. He’d seen me and he knew my work really well. I was surprised. When I read the role, I wasn’t sure if I wanted to go out to L.A. I wasn’t living there, and I wasn’t sure I wanted to go out there. I didn’t really know anything about Sons of Anarchy, and there were lots of reasons that I wasn’t sure that I wanted to spend six months in L.A. But then, I read the character and I just was like, “Oh, my goodness!” I’d been looking to play a character that was really, really bright and intellectual and weird because I have some of those attributes, more so than some of the characters I play. I just wasn’t as interested in those other archetypes, as much anymore. So, it was a surprise. I was intrigued by it. I’m still not sure what he saw, in what I’d done before, that made him think about me for this role. I’m both grateful and baffled by his choosing me. I’m sure there are a lot of people who would have loved to have played this role.
As a fan and avid watcher of Sons of Anarchy, I can’t help but think that if Walton had any part in getting Ray his role on Sons’, then I have to say thanks. Ray has been an intriguing character addition this season, and one I’ve grown to enjoy, despite his obvious purpose of trying to bring the law down on the club and it’s members.