L. Christian Mixon's "Burly Guy" Draws the Ire of Friday Night Lights Fans

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Message boards around the internet lit up following L. Christian Mixon's performance as "The Burly Guy" on the hit NBC drama "Friday Night Lights".

The October 17th episode of NBC's new drama Friday Night Lights introduced us to a character known only as "The Burly Guy". He was waiting as an unsuspecting Coach Eric Taylor (played by Kyle Chandler) and his daughter Julie (played by Aimee Teegarden) arrived to order dinner at the local Alamo Freeze. The harsh exchange between the characters sent the coach and his daughter fleeing from the restaurant without their food.

Shortly after the episode aired, Internet message boards lit up with comments about the scene. One user stated, "That scene with Julie and the bearded a****** was so SO horrible. It's one of those visceral scenes where you forget you're watching TV.". Fandomtalk.com's Ran Cansley devoted an entire paragraph to the scene describing "The Burly Guy" as "a nasty piece of work" and went on to say "the whole scene made my skin crawl".

The "Burly Guy" was played by Texas actor L. Christian Mixon. When asked about these comments he stated " I loved them! When you do a difficult scene like this, where you are playing a completely unlikable character, the best thing that can happen is for fans to have this type of reaction". He went on to say, " Working with Kyle Chandler was a blast. He is a truly talented actor who gave me so much to work with in this scene. Combine that with a directing style (by director Jeffery Reiner) that really allows the actors to develop the scene on a very organic level and you get what aired on the 17th. I was really pleased with how the scene came out"

L. Christian Mixon is a former firefighter who makes his home in the Texas Hill Country near the small town of San Saba. A life long automobile enthusiast he is also President of Collector Car Central LLC in Temple, Texas. During a long career in Film, Stage and Television, Christian has worked with many stars including Robert Duvall, Jack Lemmon, Walter Matthau, and Johnny and June Carter Cash. He says he most enjoys working with his screenwriting and producing partner Linda Mixon, who also happens to be his wife.

Will the "The Burly Guy" return to Friday Night Lights? Judging by comments on the FNL message boards, fans would like to see it happen. Some suggested a showdown, while others would like to see him hired as an assistant coach to keep the tension high. Only time will tell.

L. Christian Mixon is represented by Collier Talent in Austin, TX. 512-236-0500. His official website is http://www.myspace.com/lchristianmixon

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