NEW YORK, N.Y. -- Kyle Chandler said it was “difficult” to work with rising star Jessica Chastain in the new, hunt for Osama Bin Laden film, “Zero Dark Thirty,” but not for any the reasons that immediately spring to mind when someone uses that word.
“She is very difficult to work with and I’ll tell you why. The scene, especially when you get up close to her, it’s very hard to do because her eyes are so intensely blue you fall into them. Literally,” he said of Jessica’s peepers. “When you watch the scene where we go at each other… [I can watch myself and know], that’s when I was like, ‘OK, how deep do your eyes — how far do they go? My God! I see the back of your skull. It’s incredible.’
“She’s very beautiful,” Kyle added of the actress. “I had a lot of fun working with her.”
The film, the newest project from Oscar-winning director Kathryn Bigelow, left an impact on Kyle, who admitted — despite his acclaimed “Friday Night Lights” pedigree — to being more than impressed with the finished product.
“It’s nice when you sit into a movie that you’ve done and you go ‘Wow, I’m part of something really spectacular here. I mean really spectacular,” he said.
Kyle said the film, which covers the decade-long manhunt for the terrorist leader, has several key moments to look out for.
“The first 90 seconds of this film is probably — it’s by far, I think — one of the toughest 90 seconds to sit through. There’s nothing more powerful than the imagination,” he said. “And the last 90 seconds of the film are so appropriate that they don’t answer questions, but they keep the questions alive for the audience, I think, to answer.”
While many of us are still holding out hope for a new "Friday Night Lights" movie to pick up where the beloved series left off, don't count star Kyle Chandler among the dreamers.
In a recent interview with MTV, Chandler weighed in on the possibility of revisiting "FNL," admitting that he wasn't too concerned about heading back to Dillon for one last game, and had yet to read a script or discuss the project with executive producers Pete Berg or Jason Katims.
"My general attitude about 'Friday Night Lights' is, it was a great movie ... and it was a great TV show -- I've never had more fun doing anything," Chandler said. "I still like watching the show again, because it was so creative, the process. But they ended it at exactly the right time, in exactly the right way as well."
That's not to say that Chandler looks back negatively on the series; on the contrary, he compared every episode to "the first day of rehearsing a play -- which is the most enjoyable day, I think." But the actor, currently appearing in "Argo" and "Zero Dark Thirty" on the big screen, believes that the show came to a fitting conclusion: "I'm so happy [with the ending]. I think they did a great job -- it was saved in the middle by that twist [DirecTV rescuing the show from cancellation] and they got those last two seasons out. It's something I think you can go back to years later and not get bored at the end."
While a cineplex "FNL" reunion might not be on the cards, Chandler did tell MTV that he's watched a few episodes of (former on-screen wife) Connie Britton's "Nashville." But don't hold your breath for a revival of that Coach/Mrs. Coach chemistry on the ABC soap -- Chandler laughed off a question about his singing ability, admitting, "I sing as well as I dance."
All hope is not lost, though -- Britton recently told The Huffington Post that she's optimistic about the possibility of a "Friday Night Lights" film, saying, "I know everybody is very serious about it. I know there's a script. It's one of those things that it would be so wonderful if it ended up coming together. If all the stars aligned, and more important, all the schedules."