Friday, September 30, 2016

12 Hard-Hitting Facts About 'Friday Night Lights'


When I think of football things in pop culture, I think of this show.

Clear eyes and full hearts... all that nonsense. I love Friday Night Lights because I really felt like a part of it.

But the more I dug into the show there were tiny nuggets of facts that made me love this show even more like...

1. This is the second time that Connie Britton played the coach's wife... she played the same role in the movie.

In the movie she was Sharon Gaines, wife of Billy Bob Thornton's role of Coach Gary Gaines.

2. Zach Gilford was working at a sporting goods store when he was up for the part of Matt Saracen.

Part of the reason he ended up with the role was because the other actor vying for the role was couble-booked for a made-for-TV movie for Disney.

3. Taylor Kitsch drank TWO BEERS in his audition tape to get on the show.

When he was called in to test for the part, they interviewed him sports reporter–style.

4. Minka Kelly's role before Friday Night Lightsconsisted of prepping women getting boob jobs.

She was working in a plastic surgery clinic as a scrub nurse preparing women getting lip and breast implants.

5. Basically no one played football except Michael B. Jordan.

Gaius Charles, who played Brian "Smash" Williams, wasn't very good at throwing around the pigskin and Taylor Kitsch just played hockey for 20 years.


6. In the pilot episode, there were no rehearsals – so that's why the camera had to follow the actors around wherever they chose to go.

But that was annoying, and then–NBC president Kevin Reilly told producers to cut down on that action because it was too jiggly.

7. Kyle Chandler who played Coach Taylor got rid of all future sex scenes after one was WAY too awkward.

He said he was just way too uncomfortable.

Dude, come on. It's called immersing yourself into the role...

8. Most of the cast of Dillion High WEREN'T teens at ALL.

Minka Kelly was 26, Taylor Kitsch was one year younger than that, Adrianne Palicki who played Tyra Collette was 23 and Zach Gilford was 24.

9. "Coach Taylor" worked as a volunteer firefighter while he was acting in the show.

Unbeknownst to the rest of the cast and crew, he worked 24 hours a week at the local firehouse. 


10. Former governor and presidential candidate Mitt Romney was called out for plagiarism after he stole a line from the show in a speech.

Peter Berg ended a letter to the GOP candidate by saying to Romney, "Please come up with your own campaign slogan."

11. Emmy Rossum didn't want to be typecast as the "good girl" so she said no to Lyla Garrity and instead ended up onShowtime's raunchy Shameless.

12. There were worries that Kyle Chandler was too pretty to be the coach but then he showed up on a motocycle clearly hungover and they thought he was perfect.

AKA both Coach Taylor and Riggins both got these roles after drinking different things!

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