“Clear eyes, full hearts, can’t lose” is, unfortunately, a mantra that hasn’t worked for Friday Night Lights fans who have steadfastly hoped for a feature-length movie since the hit NBC series went off the air in 2011. Connie Britton, who played Tami Taylor for the entirety of the series’ five-season run, recently commented she really doesn’t think the story will make its way to the small screen anytime soon.
On Sunday’s Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen, Britton seemed surprised a Friday Night Lights film is still a subject of discussion. “Is that still being talked about?” she asked. Then she said, “Guys, I just don’t think it’s going to happen. I don’t.”
“I think that the consensus is they want to just let it lie,” Britton said, presumably talking about the cast and crew. Cohen seemed to agree, noting, “[The series] is perfect.”
Britton admitted she was into the idea of doing a film when the show first left the air in 2011, but she’s since changed her mind. “I’ve kind of come full circle because I was all for it in the beginning,” she said. “I think if we had done it early on. But now, I really do see how special it is to be able to end a series in that way. It was just so beautifully done and beautifully arced. I think we kind of did it.”
According to Entertainment Tonight, Britton later went on to talk about the fact that FNL already saw a film version — albeit one that was totally different from the iconic TV series. Britton also starred in the 2004 film, which came out two years before the show, as a different character.
“The movie was actually a recreation of the book, the Buzz Bissinger book, and that book was a journal that took place in the ‘80s,” Britton said, per ET. “In the movie, we were playing actual characters, so I was playing a woman named Sharon Gaines and the coach was Coach Gaines. In the show, it was a different time period. It was modern day. We were fictional. It was an adaptation.”
Of course, just because Britton isn’t necessarily interested in playing Tami Taylor again, that doesn’t mean she isn’t as nostalgic for FNL as its fans. Per ET, she admitted, “I stole the parking sign that says ‘Parking for Tami Taylor Principle.’” It now resides in her driveway at home, a relic of a perfect series laid to rest.
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