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.

‘Friday Night Lights’ cast has ideas about where their characters are today

Say it loud and say it proud: Clear eyes, full hearts, can’t lose.

FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS -- 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 ORG XMIT: Season:2 1002tvcolumn
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If that mantra doesn’t immediately make you nostalgic for those days Explosions in the Sky’s “Your Hand in Mine” came on the screen and “Friday Night Lights” began, then you need head straight for Netflix and do some serious binge-watching.

Photos: ATX Television Festival ‘Friday Night Lights’ Reunion

It’s been 10 years since the premiere of “Friday Night Lights,” which was filmed right here in Austin. In honor of the show’s anniversary, the cast reunited at Del Valle high school during the ATX Festival in June.

Watch: Canada vs. Texas according to Taylor Kitsch

Entertainment Weekly released footage this week from the cast’s reunion on the field in which they theorize on where they think their characters are today. Tyra Collette is likely back in Dillon, married to Tim Riggins. Jason Street built himself a great life and Luke is probably still pining for Becky. Watch below:

Another ‘Friday Night Lights’ reunion is coming this summer

It’s been 10 years since our favorite high school football players first introduced us to Dillon, Texas. But the cast is reuniting in June, once in Chicago and again in Austin.

In addition to their 10-year reunion at ATX Television Festival on June 10, the cast will also get together in Chicago for the Spartan Race on June 11, according to Entertainment Tonight.

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Gaius Charles, Connie Britton, Jesse Plemons, Adrianne Palicki, Kyle Chandler, Aimee Teegarden, Zach Gilford, Minka Kelly, Scott Porter, Taylor Kitsch. (NBC Photo: Mitchell Haaseth)

“FNL” stars Taylor Kitsch (Tim Riggins), Minka Kelly (Lyla Garrity), Zach Gilford (Matt Saracen) and Aimee Teegarden (Julie Taylor) will compete on the Marriott Rewards team for the event.

No word yet on if Kyle Chandler and Connie Britton (Coach Eric Taylor and wife Tami, respectively) will be cheering them on from the sidelines.

The 8-10 mile race includes obstacles like mud, water, hills, mountains, fire and barbed wire. But those should be easy for the former Dillon Panthers, right?

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“I’m really looking forward to running on the Marriott Rewards team at the Spartan Race in Chicago and catching up with my former cast mates from the show,” Kelly told “ET.”

Fans can also sign up to run the race with the cast members.

Texas Forever, y’all.

 

CORRECTION: An earlier version of this story incorrectly identified the length of time since the “Friday Night Lights” TV show ended. The show ended in 2011; it has been 10 years since the show debuted in 2006.

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.