Stephen King will guest star in an episode of the television drama Sons of Anarchy today after being lured by the offer of riding a Harley-Davidson.
The bestselling author plays a character named Bachman – King wrote a number of his horror novels under the pen name Richard Bachman – who is described in the show’s official announcement as “highly skilled in an unusual profession”. The television series, about an outlaw motorcycle club in the fictional town of Charming, California, has just started its third season in the US (King appears in the third episode) and is currently showing its second series in the UK.
King was asked to take part after writing a positive column about the show for Entertainment Weekly. “I like the show, it’s one of those shows which seems to have gotten better as it goes along, it’s found its groove,” he said in a video interview for the channel FX.
“[Creator] Kurt Sutter got in touch with me [and] said if you’re ever out here we’d like to have you on the show. Ordinarily I would say no but he said he’d put me on a Harley, so here I am.”
King also “like[s] to act”, he explained on his website – “not that I’m much good at it” – and Sutter “assured me that he’d write me a suitably nasty part (in various films I’ve been stuck playing a series of mentally challenged country bumpkins)”.
“The bike was just short of awesome: a bright red Harley-Davidson Road-Glide. A little tricked-out for my taste, and if I’d dropped it I never would have been able to pick it up, but I would have been glad to take it home (sadly, no deal). All black clothes, bright red sled – can’t do much better than that,” said King, who has ridden bikes since he was 22 and currently owns a Heritage Softail from 1986.
The author has also appeared in George A Romero’s 1981 film Knightriders and in a number of adaptations of his own books, including Pet Sematary, The Stand and The Langoliers.
Source: The Guardian