If Plemons looked familiar to you, you may have thought that he looked like an older version of Landry Clarke from the sports drama series “Friday Night Lights” — and you would be correct. Plemons portrayed Landry on the popular series for its entire five seasons, from 2006 to 2011 (during which he was a main cast member for the first four and a recurring character for the fifth and final season).
“Friday Night Lights” follows the close-knit community of Dillon, Texas, with a focus on the high school football team whose games the town comes together for. Plemons’ Landry, a freshman at the beginning of the series, is best friends with the shy quarterback Matt Saracen (Zach Gilford). Landry joins the team himself in Season 2, which is also when he begins dating his crush, Tyra (Adrianne Palicki). His character is also notable for having a somewhat out of place storyline involving an accidental death: as Plemons discussed with Vulture, he was “conflicted” about this plot development when it aired, but found it fun from an acting standpoint.
Overall, though, Plemons has a hugely positive outlook on the series and his part in it. In a 2018 interview with Entertainment Weekly, Plemons reflected back on his time working on the beloved football drama, saying, “I feel like that show kind of raised the bar and changed what I thought was possible with filmmaking or acting or television — the level of realism.”