This ‘Friday Night Lights’ scene made Taylor Kitsch and Scott Porter cry

 

“Friday Night Lights” was always about more than just football. The show tackled racism, classism, abortion, disability, teenage sex, steroid use, marital relationships and more during its five season run.

But its biggest legacy is the characters it created— Coach Eric Taylor, his wife Tami and daughter Julie; football players Smash Williams, Tim Riggins, Jason Street and Matt Saracen; sleazy booster Buddy Garrity and his cheerleader daughter, Lyla; Tyra Collette and Landry Clarke, and more.

08/18/06- Rodolfo Gonzalez/AMERICAN-STATESMAN: Actor, Taylor Kitsch works on a couple of scenes during the filming of NBC's Friday Night Lights television series filmed in Kyle, Tx., on Friday, August 18, 2006. Friday Night Lights was filmed in Austin and surrounding Central Texas based on the Peter Berg feature film and Buzz Bissinger's book, "Friday Night Lights," a look at Texas high school football.
08/18/06- Rodolfo Gonzalez/AMERICAN-STATESMAN: Actor, Taylor Kitsch works on a couple of scenes during the filming of NBC’s Friday Night Lights television series filmed in Kyle, Tx., on Friday, August 18, 2006. Friday Night Lights was filmed in Austin and surrounding Central Texas based on the Peter Berg feature film and Buzz Bissinger’s book, “Friday Night Lights,” a look at Texas high school football.

One of the biggest friendships on the show was between Taylor Kitsch’s Tim Riggins and Scott Porter’s Jason Street.

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In a recent interview on Entertainment Weekly’s “Binge” podcast, Porter recalled the one scene that made him and Kitsch cry more than all the others. It takes place in season three, when Street moves to New York City to pursue a job opportunity, and is accompanied by Riggins. The episode was one of the last Porter ever shot as Street, and the emotions on screen as Street says goodbye to Riggins were real, Porter said.

“I couldn’t keep it together,” Porter told EW. “I couldn’t not cry, and Taylor couldn’t not cry.”

Here’s part of the scene he’s talking about, starting at the 10:44 mark.

Fans of the show will remember that Street gets paralyzed during a game in the pilot episode, confining him to a wheelchair. The grief and trauma that Riggins feels at his friend being injured and his inability to do anything about it becomes a major plot point of the first season, and their friendship became one of the highlights of the show by the time the third season rolled around.

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“It was odd not shooting my last scene in Texas,” Porter said in the podcast. “It wasn’t where I normally had worked. I wasn’t around a bunch of people I normally worked with. It’s a special moment that I’ll never forget. Being in New York, it really felt like closure.”

Listen to the full podcast here.

The ‘Friday Night Lights’ 10-year reunion is happening in Austin

You can keep your Denver Broncos, and your Carolina Panthers, now that you mention it. The only Panthers we care about are from Dillon. And they’re coming to Austin.

Pictured: (l-r) Gaius Charles as Brian "Smash" Williams, Connie Britton as Tami Taylor, Jesse Plemons as Landry Clarke, Adrianne Palicki as Tyra Collette, Kyle Chandler as Eric Taylor, Aimee Teegarden as Julie Taylor, Zach Gilford as Matt Saracen, Minka Kelly as Lyla Garrity, Scott Porter as Jason Street, Taylor Kitsch as Tim Riggins. (NBC Photo: Mitchell Haaseth)
Pictured: (l-r) Gaius Charles as Brian “Smash” Williams, Connie Britton as Tami Taylor, Jesse Plemons as Landry Clarke, Adrianne Palicki as Tyra Collette, Kyle Chandler as Eric Taylor, Aimee Teegarden as Julie Taylor, Zach Gilford as Matt Saracen, Minka Kelly as Lyla Garrity, Scott Porter as Jason Street, Taylor Kitsch as Tim Riggins. (NBC Photo: Mitchell Haaseth)

Entertainment Weekly reports that the cast of “Friday Night Lights” will gather for ATX Television Festival this year. According to EW:

“The ‘FNL’ reunion comes 10 years after the show’s NBC premiere (and five years after the acclaimed drama ended) and includes a ‘Panther Field’ meetup with a pep rally, live music, tailgating activities, and photo ops. Participants will be announced at a later date. “

As long as Connie Britton’s hair is there, we’re happy. To tide you over until the lineup reveal, remember that time the Statesman talked to Tim Riggins himself (aka actor Taylor Kitsch) in December.

Connie Britton reveals secret to perfect hair: Feminism

Connie Britton’s hair is the stuff of legends, or at the very least the stuff of tumblrs and gifs.

LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 18: Actress Connie Britton attends PalmStar Media And Lionsgate's "American Ultra" premiere at the Ace Theater Downtown LA on August 18, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
(Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

But is that all the actress, formerly known as Tami Taylor of “Friday Night Lights,” should be asked about in interviews?

“It’s not what’s on my head; it’s what in it,” the actress says after finally revealing that “feminism” is her hair secret in a recent commercial parody video.

Written by her “Nashville” co-star Laura Benanti and co-produced by Ashley Van Buren, the video was made for the The Representation Project as part of the #AskHerMore campaign, which encourages reporters to ask women questions that speak more to their accomplishments than their looks.

“When used regularly, feminism has been known to produce amazing results,” Britton boasts before name-dropping landmark achievements in the feminism movement like Title IX and the 19th amendment.

The short and hard-hitting satire on shampoo advertisements also includes a disclaimer that says that feminism includes side effects such as “closing the wage-equality gap” and “the wisdom to ignore angry rants in the comment section of this video.”

Watch the full sketch, complete with exaggerated hair flipping, below: