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Cigarette-Smoking Man interview 
Smoke Screen - the CSM at Mulder's mercy  
So you think he's a villain? Actor William B Davis sees it differently.
Here's a short excerpt from our interview:
to find out more of the Cigarette-Smoking Man's musings - on Mulder, Skinner and his favourite episode, Talitha Cumi - read TV Zone #107.

Davis explains, “From my standpoint as an actor the character is not a villain in his mind. I don’t think any villain thinks he’s a villain. He thinks he’s doing something that has to be done. It may be nasty work but somebody’s got to do it for some reason. My guess with the Cigarette-Smoking Man, or what I kind of work with a lot when I’m playing him, is that he’s stopped asking moral questions because he can’t. If he tries to deal with ‘Is this right or is this wrong?’ he’s dead, you know?

“So he’s simply put himself on this track, rightly or wrongly. Mulder’s father got off the track and retired into alcoholism whereas the Cigarette-Smoking Man stayed on the track and became what he became but, I think, at a great personal cost. I believe he’s hollowed out his insides, in a way, and tries not to have a lot of feelings that human beings would normally have in order to do what he feels he has to do.

“Certainly, from the standpoint of the viewers, I was simply a presence for quite some time,” he adds. “It wasn’t really until the relationship with Mulder began to develop and then, all of a sudden, the relationship with his mother, that we started to flesh out some background for my character. So, at least in that respect, the character’s complexity and personality has become more apparent to the audience.”

Steven Eramo
TV Zone #107's X-Files coverage also includes the second part of our episode guide to Season Five.
Don't forget our interviews with David Duchovny and The Well-Manicured Man, John Neville in TV Zone #106

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