Davis explains, From
my standpoint as an actor the character is not a villain in his
mind. I dont think any villain thinks hes a villain.
He thinks hes doing something that has to be done. It may be
nasty work but somebodys got to do it for some reason. My
guess with the Cigarette-Smoking Man, or what I kind of work with
a lot when Im playing him, is that hes stopped asking
moral questions because he cant. If he tries to deal with Is
this right or is this wrong? hes dead, you know?
simply put himself on this track, rightly or wrongly. Mulders
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 hes
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 wasnt 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 characters complexity and personality has
become more apparent to the audience.