David Duchovny considering leaving the immensely popular X-Files?
Does he see a future in films based on the series?
Find out in TV Zone #106. Here's a short excerpt from our
impossible to imagine The X-Files FBI Agent Fox Mulder
being played by anyone else. However, in the beginning, actor David
Duchovny wasnt particularly enthused about doing The
X-Files. My agent said, Lets not get you
involved in a tv show because things are going well and Kalifornia
is going to come out soon. Lets see what happens,
recalls Duchovny, speaking at a posh Beverly Hills hotel while
dressed casually in trousers and a light blue shirt. I said, Fine,
because Id never had any luck in getting a tv role, really. It
seemed I didnt have the right energy for it, whatever that
means. Then my agent turned around and sent me The X-Files script.
She said, This is the best script Ive read this year.
Take a look at it and see if maybe you want to go in. So I
read it and one of the reasons I took it was that I thought it would
be a good show but that it would never get picked up. He
laughs heartily. Its about aliens. I thought theyre
either here or theyre not here, and that once you showed them
it was all over.
Of course The X-Files
was not only picked up, but went from cult curiosity to
international phenomenon in the space of its first five years on the
air. And this summer, The X-Files takes to the big screen
with its first feature film. The movie makes an effort to stretch
beyond the established base of X-Files fans. The movie will
attract the uninitiated because I think its a good
movie, offers Duchovny. Its tough for me to sell
it. [But] I dont think you need to know the characters or the
history of the show, although it certainly doesnt hurt. Its
a really big, nice-looking film, a smart, thrilling kind of a movie,
thats fun to watch..
The emotional undercurrent in the film is particularly strong
between Mulder and his scientific-minded partner, Dana Scully
(Gillian Anderson). The near-kiss in the movie was a culmination of
five years worth of tension. Yet Duchovny feels that a relationship
between Mulder and Scully shouldnt happen. At this
point, I think no. You know, its changed over the years,
he says of his attitude towards the partners relationship. But
I think Chris has made the right decision and I think its a
really fun chastity at this point.
For more X-Files coverage, including a rare interview with
The Well-Manicured Man, John Neville see TV Zone #106.
Meanwhile, Gillian Anderson is
interviewed in the August issue of Cult
Times. For a taster, click