After seeing him perform a conflicted lawman in Dexter, it’s no wonder that Jimmy Smits would end up getting involved in the hit FX series Sons of Anarchy now. Rumor has it that Smits is slated to be a new mentor for Jax, the main protagonist of the show, as Jax struggles to move SAMCRO out of the gun running business and become a more legit business and more peaceful motorcycle club. Smits’ new role as Neron “Nero” Padilla acts as a harsh influence on Jax, pushing him to keep the club an outlaw club while Nero has his own exit strategy from the latino gang he is affiliated with.
What is notable about this character’s differences from all of Smits’ other TV personas in L.A. Law, NYPD Blue, and Dexter is that he is not acting on the side of the law this time and will not don a shirt and tie anymore — his suit is replaced with tattoos, leather and gang patches. It should be interesting to see him finally run a new TV persona for a whole season. Will he make it beyond this season? Watch to find out!