Why 'Gilmore Girls' Recast Chad Michael Murray's Role
Did you see him, or rather not see him? Tristan Dugray returned for "Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life," but instead of being played by "One Tree Hill" alum Chad Michael Murray, the Chilton heartthrob was played by "Days of Our Lives" star Anton Narinskiy.
The Netflix revival even made a bit of a joke about it, during the Spring episode when Rory Gilmore (Alexis Bledel) and Paris Geller (Liza Weil) visited Chilton. Paris freaked out when she saw her old crush, with Rory asking, "Was that Tristan out there?" Paris snapped, "Of course it was Tristan! That pouty mouth, those liquid eyes, who else?!"
Who else is right. What happened?Murray played Tristan in 11 episodes of the original series, from 2000-2001, but apparently he didn't have time for the 2016 revival. As TVLine put it:
"I hear Murray declined an invitation to appear in the four-episode continuation, which led to the recast."
Liza Weil explained more in an interview with Entertainment Tonight at the "GIlmore Girls" world premiere event:
"I mean, it would've been nice [to have him in the revival], but he's busy. He's doing a lot of things and he's doing very well for himself, Chad Michael Murray, so I think in all, I think it plays."
She also liked how the character's return played into Paris's freak out.
"There was a lot going on in alumni day, but I was so glad that we were able to revisit Chilton. And it really did make so much sense to me, psychologically, and I could see how [seeing Tristan] would be a very big trigger for Paris."
Chad Michael Murray hasn't weighed in on the subject himself, but it's hard to imagine anyone turning down a chance to return to "Gilmore Girls." If they got Melissa McCarthy's Sookie and all of Rory's exes to show up, CMM should've made time, too. Just sayin'.
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