When Kurt Sutter first came up with the idea for Mayans M.C. he knew that there were going to be a lot of comparisons to Sons of Anarchy. You cannot have a spin-off show with a HUGE fan base like Sons and not be aware of how the audience might react. The creators of Mayans were very careful in choosing JD Pardo to play the leading role of EZ Reyes and I think we can all agree it was the right choice! Pardo has often spoke with interviewers about how there was a lot of pressure on him to get the role right, he understood what he needed to do in order to keep EZ his own character and not be just in Jax Teller’s shadow.
— kurt sutter (@sutterink) August 7, 2019
JD Pardo sat down with CinemaBlend during the 2019 TCA Press Tour in the beginning of August and those very same questions came up. Mainly about how he is working towards becoming his own character not the “karaoke” version of Jax Teller. Pardo respects and understands that no one can ever replace Charlie Hunnum’s role as Jax Teller but he explains “what I wanted to do, I had to find an in, and my challenge was, how do I not make a karaoke version of Jax? Nobody likes…I mean, karaoke’s fun, but you know, nobody cares for a karaoke version, right?”
Meaning you can never be better than the O.G., but that is not what EZ is about, he is at a whole different time in his life. First of all, he is a prospect not the VP of the club, EZ is still learning his way around. Jax grew up in that life and already had the respect, he wasn’t detailing bikes and running errands. Pardo wants to keep EZ evolving into a legendary character like Charlie did with Jax. Everyone knows season 1 Jax is NOT the same as season 7 Jax! The fans are all hoping Mayans goes as far as 7 seasons so we can see EZ make this transformation.
In the end the audience is rooting for EZ no matter what because you want your leading man to succeed and find his own way. Only have to wait a little longer, season 2 starts September 3rd.