'SOA': Watch Ryan Hurst bid farewell to Opie -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO
Published on Nov 30, 2012 'SOA': Watch Ryan Hurst bid farewell to Opie The song is called "Goodbye, Dear Friend," by Deer Tick
While Sons of Anarchy’s Opie (Ryan Hurst) met a grisly, head-exploding death at the hands of prison inmates while guards — and three fellow SAMCRO members — watched earlier this season, the cast said goodbye to the character in a more symbolic way.
“If you wanna see a group of grown men crying like babies, there’s a video you can watch,” Charlie Hunnam, who plays Jax on the FX biker drama, told The Hollywood Reporter while promoting his new film Deadfall.
“Three months after he had finished filming Sons, he still hadn’t cut his beard off, and he hadn’t shaved in 5 1/2 years since he got the role of Opie. He hadn’t shaved once,” said Hunnam. “It was a catharsis that we all needed for him to get rid of that beard and for all of us to just let Opie die.”
Before taking a razor to Hurst’s face, the cast chipped in on an oversized samurai sword as a parting gift for the actor. “Most samurai swords are 38 inches; this is a 44-inch sword — an oversized sword — and he’s 6-foot-6, so it was perfect for him,” explained Hunnam.