Scott Patterson Describes “Most Disturbing Time” on ‘Gilmore Girls’

Scott Patterson attends the Build Series to discuss "Gilmore Girls: A Year In The Life" at AOL HQ on November 29, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Chance Yeh/FilmMagic)

Gilmore Girls was a comedy-drama TV series that was loved by many and received a heavy fan base throughout its years. Created by Amy Sherman Paladino, the show starred Lauren Graham as Lorelai Gilmore and Alexis Bledel as Rory Gilmore debuting on October 5, 2000. The show also had a list of A-list actors including Melissa McCarthy, Kelly Bishop, Edward Herrmann, Milo Ventimiglia, Jared Padalecki, and Scott Patterson.

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In total it ran for Seven Seasons, with the final season ending on May 15, 2007. The show is so successful due to its witty dialogue, a mix of humor, and drama that appeal to the crowd becoming the WB’s second most popular show during season 5.

Scott Patterson as Luke Danes

In 2016, creators realized fans wanted more from the show, and the main cast returned for a four-part miniseries. Revival, Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life is currently streaming on Netflix. Now, Patterson is opening up about the 19th episode of season 3, titled “Keg! Max, which aired in April 2003.

In the scene, Lorelai and Sookie (Mellisa Mcarthey), trade remarks about Luke’s butt as he is bending over in order to fix a stove.

When he finally decides to turn around he tells the women to stop talking about his butt saying the conversation is “ in bad taste.”  Apparently, the actor stated that he shares quite similar feelings as he recalled feeling like “ some kind of meat stick” while filming the scene.

 “Objectifying somebody’s body part? Yeah, that was disturbing,” Patterson stated on his podcast “I Am All in With Scott Patterson.” 

“It is infuriating because you’re being treated like an object. And it’s disturbing, and it’s disgusting, and I had to endure that through that entire scene and many takes… It was the most disturbing time I have ever spent on that set. I couldn’t wait for that day to be over.”

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He went on to add that “it’s as disgusting for women to objectify men as it is for men to objectify women, and it’s as harmful.”

“Stand there in front of all those people filming and this is how the creator of that show sees that character,” he said. “That you can humiliate him and take away his dignity from that entire scene and that’s okay. That’s the one thing I hate about this episode is that scene.”

He continued, “Just because it was 2003 didn’t mean it was okay. It’s never okay. And I didn’t feel comfortable doing it and it pissed me off. I never said anything, so I was angry at myself for never saying anything but, you know, I had this job and I didn’t want to make waves and all that.”

He did note that he is not blaming his co-stars and appreciates their performances for the scene itself. “It’s set up where you’re going to almost have to giggle because you love these characters so much.,” Patterson stated. “Everybody’s doing their job within the scene and performing it so well, and the timing’s there and you can’t help but laugh, but I’m just pointing out how incredibly small it made me feel doing it, and I think it really reduces the character and it really reduces their characters as well to be involved in something like that.”

Patterson concluded saying he understands why the viewers laughed at the scene at that time due to the comedic editing.

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