16 Aug 2016 Mireia
Actor and Saskatoon native Kim Coates can’t wait for a night of frolicking with rock band One Bad Son on Saturday night at the Capitol Music Club. The event will raise money for Creative Kids, and VIP tickets will offer the chance to hang out with the Sons of Anarchy star. The Saskatoon StarPhoenix caught up with Coates to learn why Creative Kids is important, how his career is faring post-Sons, and why Las Vegas is a tough place to be. This interview has been condensed and edited.
Q: How did you get involved with Creative Kids?
A: Creative Kids I hold very dear to my heart for many reasons, but mainly because it’s a Saskatchewan non-profit, charity organization that tries to give back to all these incredible boys and girls that maybe don’t have the financial wherewithal to take acting classes or singing or dancing.
Q: To be clear — are you performing with One Bad Son, or just taking in the show?
A: Do you think I can sing, Jonathan? Do you think I can actually play a freaking guitar?
04 Jun 2016 Mireia
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How one of his earliest roles on the “Viking Bikers from Hell” episode of “Miami Vice” foreshadowed “Sons of Anarchy”:
“I came right from Stratford, I went right to New York, all these agents were going, ‘You have to come to New York.’ I did happily, and then boom, I land, I go see Bonnie Timmermann, who cast me in ‘Blackhawk Down’ and two other movies as well, I love Bonnie. Anyway she goes, ‘Yeah, that guy, yeah, he’s gonna play this little biker here with Don Johnson.’ I never was on a bike, though. Don Johnson came to visit me in a biker bar, and as fate would have it, Don kind of pushed me up against a wall, and I’m right into it, I do my own stunts as much as they’ll let me, and I cracked my head wide open. I had to take a break and they put some band aid stitches on, finished the scene, then went and got a couple stitches in my head. I said, “Thanks Don!” He said, “Thanks Kim!” And I haven’t seen him since… I’m proud of me in that I always went with my gut my entire career. That was 1987 with Don Johnson, maybe ’87, ’88, and you know, it was 18 years later with ‘Sons of Anarchy,’ 2006 when it started or maybe 2007 I guess. I’ve never planned anything, but I’ve always gone with my gut, and I’m really really glad that I decided to finally take the foray into being a lead on a television series like ‘Sons of Anarchy.'”
04 Jun 2016 Mireia
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Great to speak with you today, Kim. I’m a huge fan of movies that embrace this kind of super violence, so I’m really looking forward to seeing Officer Downe. That being said, it also seems to have this great story grounding it as well. What did you see in this project initially?
Kim Coates: I’m not really from this genre. I barely watched my own show Sons of Anarchy because of lack of time, and I’m just all over the map in a really good way. When this was offered to me, fifteen, sixteen months ago, my people said, “Oh my god, you need to read this right now and they want you to play the title character. Would you read it?” And I did.
Halfway through this thing, I stopped. I put it down. I said, “This is based on something, right?” They said, “Yeah, a comic book.” I said, “I’m going to go out and get it.” I went out to this beautiful little comic book shop in Pasadena and picked up this hard copy of Officer Downe, which was created by Joe Casey and Chris Burnham.
I turned this book over, and the first scene is so graphic and sexual and funny, that I just went, “Oh my god, they’re writing it just like the comic book.” As I went through the comic book, it was so violent and so in your face. The thing that I really needed to talk to Joe Casey about was whether or not this cop is a good cop. And he is; he’s a good cop through and through. It’s in the future. It’s in LA. I’ve died in real life and they put him on ice hoping in the future they can come up with some sort of technology that would bring this cop back. Well, they did, and so he’s been brought back. I die four or five times in this film. It’s so freaking R-rated. It’s just off the hook, and I’m so proud of this.
07 Apr 2016 Mireia
Kim Coates is known to “Sons of Anarchy” fans for his portrayal of Alex “Tig” Trager. The prolific actor has been busy. Besides “The Land,” which recently premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, he has five other projects set to release this year, including “The True Memoirs of an International Assassin” (with Andy Garcia) and “Goon: Last of the Enforcers” (with Liev Schreiber). Fans may follow the Los Angeles-based actor on Twitter at https://twitter.com/KimFCoates.
Q. What is your best vacation memory?
A. My wife and I visited Tanzania to see our daughter, who was working there for a nonprofit. When we experienced the people, the mud huts, the safaris, it was just beyond magical and we’ll never forget it, ever. It was an incredible, life-changing travel experience.
Q. If you’ve ever gone away for the holidays, which was the best trip?
A. Being Canadian, I have a big family with lots of crazy, beautiful relatives. (For three straight years, starting) when I was 14 years old, we would all meet at this Christmas lodge in Alberta where there were more fireplaces than logs. We played amazing games of Risk, had shenanigans on the frozen pond, jumped into a snowbank from an uber-hot sauna and had cinnamon bun eating contests. I mean, it was incredible! It was so much fun that it was like being in Vegas with no clocks on the wall and we just kept going and going.