Girls Gilmore fans learned Luke Danes’ name in the pilot episode of the series. The character, portrayed by Scott Patterson, was to become Lorelai Gilmore’s main love interest. Originally, however, the role was not supposed to be a major one. Luke was such an afterthought that the script Patterson received for his audition contained a typo in Luke’s name. That typo also appeared in a season 4 episode.
Scottish Patterson revealed that there was a typo in his audition script
Patterson wasn’t expecting much when he went to audition for Gilmore Girls. In the first episode of his new podcast, “I Am All In,” Patterson revealed that he had two auditions scheduled for the same day. When he was done with his first scene as Luke, he wanted to walk out. The casting agents informed him that there was one more scene on the back of his script.
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Patterson stated that he didn’t have anything prepared for the scene because the character in it wasn’t named Luke. Instead, the character was named Duke. He originally thought Luke and Duke were two different roles. The team informed Patterson that it was just a typo and both scenes were for Luke, the grumpy diner owner. Patterson read the second scene and went about his work, including the second audition. Later that evening, he went home and had a message on his answering machine telling him that he had gotten the part.
During season 4, Jason Stiles repeatedly referred to Luke as Duke
By the time Jason Stiles appeared in the fourth season of Gilmore Girls, everyone in Lorelai Gilmore’s life knew Luke by name. Jason Stiles, on the other hand, couldn’t get comfortable with the diner owner’s first name or the name of his business. In “A Family Matter,” the twelfth episode of the fourth season, Jason showed up to spend some time with Lorelai Gilmore in Stars Hollow. The new couple’s first stop in town was to grab a coffee.
Jason had wanted to stop at Duke’s because Lorelai had talked about it so much. Lorelai, reluctant to introduce Jason to Luke, tried to steer him away from the diner. Several times during their conversation, Jason called Luke the wrong name and his establishment “Duke’s Diner.” Lorelai corrected him each time. Eventually, the two moved on to another diner because Jason was tailgating Luke on the way to Stars Hollow.
Was this an Amy Sherman-Palladino homage to the typo in the Gilmore Girls pilot?
According to most people who have worked with Amy Sherman-Palladino, the famous showrunner has an eye for detail. The Gilmore Girls actors were expected to be literally perfect, and no improvisation was allowed in the scripts. Knowing what the cast said about Sherman-Palladino, it seems unlikely that Jason’s misremembering Luke’s name was a coincidence.
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Sherman-Palladino has never spoken openly about this fun fact. Perhaps it could come up during another press tour if Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life 2 is ever filmed. As it stands, Netflix, Sherman-Palladino and several of the main cast members are sold on the idea of a second season. Still, no announcement has been made. However, that doesn’t mean all hope is lost. Gilmore Girls is gaining new fans every day thanks to streaming giant Netflix.