Scott Patterson remembers being angry about filming a “Gilmore Girls” scene in 2003 that left him feeling like “some kind of a meat stick.”
The “infuriating” moment with Lauren Graham, who played Lorelai Gilmore, and Melissa McCarthy, who portrayed Sookie St. James, was all about “the butt, the butt, the butt,” Patterson said on his “I Am All In” podcast Wednesday.
McCarthy’s character accidentally touched Patterson’s backside in the Season 3 episode “Keg! Max!” which led to a long bit about the actor’s rear. The comments apparently continued even after they finished filming.
“I had to endure that through that entire scene and many takes,” said Patterson, who played Luke Danes. “It was the most disturbing time I have ever spent on that set, and I couldn’t wait for that day to be over.
“It didn’t make me feel comfortable at all,” he continued of the “disgusting” scene. “It made me feel really embarrassed, actually.”
The “Saw” star, 63, added that it is “just as harmful” for men to be objectified as it is for women.
“Just because it was 2003 doesn’t mean it was OK,” he explained. “It’s never OK, and I didn’t feel comfortable doing it, and it pissed me off.”
Patterson noted that he “never said anything” at the time to avoid “mak[ing] waves,” which he was “angry” at himself about.
He starred on the show for seven seasons, from 2000 to 2007, and reprised his role for “Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life,” which streamed on Netflix in 2016.
The “Event” alum recently reunited with one of his former co-stars, Chad Michael Murray.
The “Cinderella Story” star, 41, played Tristan Dugray in the series and is now working alongside Patterson on “Sullivan’s Crossing,” out in 2023.
“It’s a Luke/Tristan reunion,” the Scotty P’s Big Mug Coffee owner tweeted alongside an Aug. 3 selfie with Murray.