More Than Comic Relief: A Talk With Jesse Plemons

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In Season One of Friday Night Lights, Jesse Plemons played second fiddle as Landry Clarke, sidekick to star quarterback Matt Saracen (Zach Gilford).

Now into its second season, the Friday Night Lights clown has been promoted to the football team - and bigger storylines. Landry Clarke got the girl of his dreams in Tyra Collette (Adrianne Palicki), albeit at a heavy price. Jesse Plemons spoke to BuddyTV about the new developments with his character. Excerpts below ...

Q: Let's just jump right into this, with the second season of Friday Night Lights. What is it like playing the town stud all of a sudden?

Jesse Plemons: Town stud? I didn't realize I was the town stud now, but if you think so. Yeah, this season is just so different. There's so much going on with the huge accidental murder in the first episode, and the repercussions. It's just really intense and great as an actor to do something like that.

Q: Got it. So do you ever miss just being... last season you were more the comic relief. Just adding in a little pepper here and there.

Jesse Plemons: Right. I had a blast last season. That's pretty much the only way I can explain that. It was just fun. I got to come in, work a few days out of the week, and just have some really ridiculous lines and just go. And then this season, is kind of the opposite. I have a really intense storyline and it's taking a lot out of me. But it's something I've really invested in and it's something I'm passionate about. It's an honor to be able to do something like this.

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Q: In addition to all of that, the murder / cover-up and romance with Tyra, Landry also joined the football team this season.

Jesse Plemons: That's right. Yeah, and that's a lot of fun. I played football growing up so I was really happy to hear that.

Q: So were you kind of disappointed last season? Were you begging the producers to let you get in on that?

Jesse Plemons: Not really. It kind of started out as a joke. I'd be in the stands and then in-between takes I'd try to run down on the field and play catch. Then I'd be playing catch and someone said I had a good arm and joked about Landry coming on to the field and taking Matt's position. Last year I never would have thought it'd work, but I think it's not too far fetched in a town like this that kid will attempt to get on the team. You pretty much have the kids that play football, and the ones that don't. Even though Landry was so against it - he had his own thing with Crucifictorious - it's still something that was interesting to him.

Q: So does that mean we've seen the end of Crucifictorious?

Jesse Plemons: I hope not man. I hope not.

Q: As if there already isn't enough for you in Season Two, your father, played by Glenn Morshower, joined the cast. Were you a fan of his before he joined up?

Jesse Plemons: I had only seen some of his stuff on 24, but he's a great actor. And it's really weird how much we actually look alike. He probably looks more like me than my real dad does. It's kinda freaky. I was very happy to see they picked him. He's been working forever and has a million credits. He's from Texas as well, so I think it was definitely a good choice.

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