Tommy Flanagan still heartbroken over Sons of Anarchy finale
TOMMY Flanagan didn't have to think twice about a last-minute trip Down Under.
The Scottish actor got the call-up to replace his Sons of Anarchy co-star Ryan Hurst at this month's Supanova Pop Culture Expos in Melbourne and the Gold Coast.
"It was very short notice but I immediately said yes," Tommy tells APN.
"I'm bringing my wife and baby. I can't wait."
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It's his second ever visit to Australia and his first in 18 years after staying at director Phillip Noyce's Sydney home to promote the film The Saint.
"I've always wanted to go to the Gold Coast. When I worked on Braveheart Mel (Gibson) was always telling me 'you've got to go to the Gold Coast; it's fun up there'," he says.
"Aussies area always fun.
"There's no such thing as a boring Aussie; they don't exist. You're all crazy and f***ing mad."
Tommy has shared the screen with a few Australians over his 23-year career.
First there was Gibson in Braveheart, then adopted Aussie Russell Crowe in Gladiator and more recently Andy McPhee in Sons of Anarchy.
Fans are still mourning the conclusion of the hit American bikie drama's fifth and final season.
"I'm still getting over it, are you kidding me?" he exclaims.
"We're all heartbroken. I met some of the best friends of my life on the show.
"We rode motorcycles to work every day and rode them home. We had a good laugh… it was a wonderful ride and I'm sad it's over. I wish we could do more. There could be a movie; we never saw Jax getting killed."
Sorry SoA fans, that's just Tommy's wishful thinking. He admits no such movie is in the works.
He currently guest stars in the TV drama Revenge and will next be seen in the independent British film Winter.
"I decided I had to break away from this fella (his Sons of Anarchy character Chibs) for a while," he says.
"I want to produce and direct, but I'll always be an actor."
He's looking forward to meeting Australia's "crazy" Sons of Anarchy fans, who have set up their own Facebook page.
"I can't wait to say hello to the Aussies. Apparently we have crazy fans. Russell Crowe tweets me and texts me about it," he says.
"The fans are f***king insane but God bless them. People love this show."
The Supanova Pop Culture Expo plays the Gold Coast Convention & Exhibition Centre Friday through Sunday.