The production of Friday Night Lights
shoots in Austin, Texas, right in the heart of the world of high school
football they portray. Star Kyle Chandler has taken the opportunity witness
first hand some of the culture he’s portraying on TV.
Friday Night Lights in TExas
“The schedule goes back and forth depending but yeah, we’ve
had plenty of time to get out and see different games,” said Chandler.
“We got a pretty good schedule down here the way it’s working.
There’s Del Valle that’s playing out there and there’s
the Pflugerville games. There’s games out by Round Rock. That’s
it so far. Tonight I’m going out to catch a Pflugerville [game].”
Executive producer Peter Berg, who directed the
movie Friday Night Lights, is well versed in the atmosphere of
Texas football. “I’ve been to UT football games several times
and I’ve been to tons of high school games and I’ve always thought
I had a pretty good understanding of Texas football,” said Berg. “But
it wasn’t until I went to Rose Bowl last year, and I’ve been
to a lot of USC games, USC fans pride themselves on really being sort of
the mecca of college football fans. And when I walked into that Rose Bowl
and it was 50% brown and 50% crimson red, and I realized that Texas fans
were louder, their cheerleaders were cheering harder, their band was better.
Literally, the Texas fans overpowered the SC fans in that stadium and it
was a very intense experience to witness that and I’ll never forget
it. Oh man, they don’t mess around.”