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Chris Carter: The truth about the 'X-Files' sequel

Oct 31, 2007, 06:34 PM | by Nicole Sperling

By now you know the truth because it's out there: Mulder and Scully are back. The long-awaited film sequel based on the beloved cult TV series will begin production this December in Vancouver, according to Twentieth Century Fox, with a release date set for July 25, 2008. (An official title is still being hammered out.) Creator Chris Carter says that the movie will focus on a stand-alone mystery rather than exploring the show's dense mythology. Beyond that, he's not spilling details, only saying, "It will be scary."

So what finally got the long-gestating project off the ground? According to Carter, who will direct the movie and co-write the script with X-Files exec producer Frank Spotnitz, years of contract disputes with Fox were resolved when the threat of an impending writers' strike came to a head. "If we don't do it now and the strike was protracted, it would force the movie to come out several years from now," he says. "And that was too late. It was either now or never." We like that answer too.

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'X Files' sequel headed to theaters on July 25, 2008!

By Gina Piccalo, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
October 31, 2007

The rumors were right! An "X Files" sequel is headed to theaters next summer, with a release date of July 25, 20th Century Fox announced today.

David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson will costar in the untitled project, directed by Chris Carter, who co-wrote the screenplay with Frank Spotnitz.

The plot is top-secret for now.

The studio's news release said only that "the supernatural thriller is a stand-alone story in the tradition of some of the show's most acclaimed and beloved episodes, and takes the always-complicated relationship between Fox Mulder (Duchovny) and Dana Scully (Anderson) in unexpected directions."

The studio confirmed that shooting will begin in December in Vancouver. The announcement comes after rumors of a sequel hit the Web on Monday.

The film's release will come 10 years after "The X Files" feature film, released in June 1998 and directed by Rob Bowman. Carter wrote the screenplay for that movie.

The cult TV series ran on Fox from 1993 to 2002.

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Duchovny and Ford Escape Hybrid

David poses with a Ford Escape Hybrid at Project7ten Opening Night Party.
October 9, 2007

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Duchovny spotted in Manhattan

From Today's NY Daily News:
"David Duchovny worked up a sweat in the core fusion class yesterday afternoon at the Exhale Spa on Madison Ave."

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Exclusive: The X Files 2 Starts Shooting Dec. 10

Source: Diva
October 29, 2007

After years of David Duchovny talking about the sequel, and almost 10 years after the first feature, 20th Century is finally ready to start production on The X Files 2 with the actor in place to reprise his role of Special Agent Fox Mulder. Gillian Anderson is also expected to be back on board to play Special Agent Dana Scully.

Shooting is scheduled to begin on December 10 in Vancouver under the direction of series creator Chris Carter. Carter and Frank Spotnitz wrote the script.

The studio is referring to the film in casting breakdowns as "Done One."

The popular series ran on Fox from 1993 to 2002. Rob Bowman directed the first feature, which hit theaters on June 19, 1998.

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'Californication' will enter SAG Awards as a laffer

It's that time of year when those borderline new TV dramedies must declare themselves for the drama or comedy races at the Screen Actors Guild Awards, which suggests how they'll also compete at the Golden Globes and Emmys.

One cliffhanger is "Californication," which I suspect Showtime would define as a comedy since that's how it defines the similarly quirky "Weeds," but that's just a guess.

When I asked Richard Licata, VP of communications, he said, "We did enter 'Californication' into SAG as a comedy series because it’s funny. David Duchovny has miraculously done a 180 degrees turn from his most famous dramatic TV role — Fox Maulder in 'The X Files' — and created a, complex, new character with a wicked sense of humor. And although Hank Moody’s a flawed man dealing with difficult issues he responds to the people in his world — ex-girlfriend, daughter, best friend, lovers — and his feelings of regret, outrage and longing, with great humor. As San Francisco Chronicle TV critic Tim Goodman wrote today in his column: '"Californication" is both bitterly and flippantly funny, a wonderful combination.'"

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Holllywood Life's celebration for David Duchovny's very good year

Holllywood Life's celebration for David Duchovny's very good year at the Young Hollywood Home on October 26, 2007 in West Hollywood, California.

SAG Screening of Californication Season Finale

SAG Foundation Screening of Californication Episode: 112 "The Last Waltz" at the James Cagney Board Room on October 25, 2007 in Los Angeles, California.

Men's Journal - Exit interview with David Duchovny

On his sandwich-making skills, his affinity for whales, and an extremely painful trip to the urologist.

What one skill should every man have?
To be able to make a good sandwich. I possess that skill in spades. I am the Earl of Sandwich. I can make a sandwich out of anything. I don't even need bread. I don't even need a plate. A good sandwich can stand-alone.

What's the best advice you ever received?
In the middle of basketball season my senior year of high school, I fainted in the elevator at school. I knocked some teeth around, and nobody knew what was up with my brain or heart, so I was in intensive care for a couple days. My Latin teacher came to visit me and said, "Don't hurry back." When he said it, I didn't understand what he meant. I was eager to get out and resume achieving and achieving and achieving. I thought he was crazy. Until 20 years later. I wanted to go back and thank him, but by then he had died.

What's the worst physical pain you ever experienced?
I've broken things. I've cut things. But the worst? When the urologist last checked me out. He stuck something all the way up in there. It's startling and completely unnatural. Just unnatural. He said he had to. Maybe he just didn't like me. Also, I've had a hammer and chisel to my mouth, to take out one tooth when I was young. I was sitting there on the gas, and I remember thinking, Really? A hammer and chisel? At least the urologist didn't use a hammer and chisel.

How do you make your favorite drink?
When I have the time and resources, I like to have fresh lime juice and good tequila for a margarita.

Do you have a recurring dream?
I have dreams where I am flying, and I do it by making the treading-water motion with my arms. I just swirl them around and I go up into the air and motor around. And I wake up and I'm not sure I can't do it.

What's the most cherished possession you ever lost?
A surfboard given to me by director/writer Chris Carter. It was a big, nine-foot thing. It was made just for me. It was really beautiful and a heartfelt gift. I don't know how I lost something that big. Chris doesn't even know I lost it. Well, maybe he will now.

What was your first car?
A '72 Dodge Dart. It was beige, but I had a gay friend who said it was biscuit. We called it the Biscuit Bomber. It had been owned by a 400-pound guy, and the springs were completely shot. When I got in I would sink to the bottom, and I looked about five-foot-one, so I got no play from the women on the highway. I was lowriding. In the worst way.

What nickname would you like to have?
Duke is my nickname. Always has been. I like it. It's better than Puke or Fluke, which were the alternatives.

Which commandment do you break most often?
Oh, Jesus. I guess the swearing one. I try not to think of them as commandments. I think of them as vague suggestions. And why were there only 10? Do you think they were the first bullet-point presentation? And did people really have to be told not to kill one another? I think when you are trying to build a society, not killing each other should be understood.

What one experience do you want to have before you die?
I want to swim with large sea mammals. It sounds like I'm joking, but I'm really not. Maybe swim with whales. Dolphins are played out. And they are bad pieces of work. They just have a good publicist. Did you know they are the only mammal besides man that will kill their young?

Where's your favorite place on earth?
We have a family home in Massachusetts where I go every summer. It's perfect. I love the humidity. There's no television. It's on the water. I had it written into my contract that I wouldn't shoot in the summertime. I waived it this year. Next year, forget it.

If you became president, what's the first thing you'd do?
Demand a recount.

Interviewed by Allison Glock. Men's Journal, November 2007.

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David coments on Californication season finale in [29 October] TV Guide

This may contain spoilers to some, so to read it please click on "read more" to expand the post...

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Sure, he may have boorishily overindulged in the bottle and in the bedroom - including an inadvertent tryst with the underage daughter of his ex's fiance - but as the first season of Californication (SHOWTIME, 10:30/9:30c) comes to a close, troubled author Hank Moody has somehow become sympathetic. Hank's motivation is usually out of his love for his family, pain or frustration. And everybody can relate to that," says star David Duchovny. "He's not just an ass." In tonight's finale, as Karen's wedding to Bill draws near, Hank must come to terms with the fact that the woman he still loves may be unattainable. "It's a true TV cliff-hanger," teases Duchovny. "The force of the show is family, so I can tell you that the episode has to do with either the coming together of Hank's family or the break up of that family." And what of Hank's misstep with the 16-year-old Mia? "[That] definitely plays into the finale," Duchovny says. "It's been driving the whole year." - Joseph Hudak

From 'X' to sex

With "Californication," David Duchovny, erstwhile Fox Mulder, finds he can have TV and family too. The "cable years," he's calling them.

By Karen Heller

For nine years, eight X-Files seasons and a big-screen finale to be accurate, David Duchovny played the literally and emotionally buttoned-down and celibate paranormal true believer Fox Mulder in tie and trench coat with ever-ready flashlight. His imagination, the notion that his sister had been abducted by aliens, was the wildest thing about him.

Now, he's returned in Showtime's Californication as novelist Hank Moody, a man of limited moods, mostly lodged in a funk with severe writer's block, who spends much of his time unbuttoned (literally and emotionally), horizontal, and trashed with an endless parade of topless women and drained bottles. Showtime has renewed the show, which executive producer Tom Kapinos says he created as an antidote to the teen-angst festival Dawson's Creek, his previous big project. Californication's first-season finale will be shown at 10:30 p.m. Monday.

While Moody and Mulder appear diametrically opposed, Duchovny sees parallels. "What makes them both a joy to play as an actor is that neither of them give a damn about what anyone else thinks," said Duchovny, 47, by phone from California, taking a break from promoting the movie Things We Lost in the Fire, in which his character, Halle Berry's dead husband, is seen only in flashback.

"Hank is given to brutal honesty, who doesn't really suffer fools and [barnyard expletive deleted that flies fine on American cable and numerous European networks, which love Californication, but not in family newspapers] gladly. Hank is happy to attack [that word again] just about every time he sees it," Duchovny said. He's also one of the show's executive producers and "runs the set while Tom is madly writing."

Hank, a dissolute rake in the Nicholson tradition, is not the most pleasant character for television, a venue that tends to flatten out rough edges and make everyone likable.

Cable, though, is another matter. It's where imperfect people thrive, becoming an actors' playground for meaty roles. "It's home now to the most interesting characters that you get to develop over so many episodes," said Duchovny, who already did a brief, brilliant, Emmy-nominated turn as a lovelorn version of himself improbably in love with Garry Shandling on HBO's The Larry Sanders Show.

Kapinos didn't write the script, originally developed as a feature film, with Duchovny in mind, but he "was at the top for me" of a short list of possible actors, Kapinos told the Writers Guild of America Web site. "There are so few guys that can actually pull this off, that can be charming and funny and good-looking. Girls love him, and men don't begrudge him that. That's a tricky thing to pull off."

Duchovny, a Princeton graduate and only-a-dissertation away from a graduate degree in English literature from Yale, wondered if he could play such a louche character.

"He's a loser with power, an angry, ineffectual man who refuses to lay down. I read the script and thought it was really funny and raunchy and dark. We got the character but what's the show? I was on the fence. I didn't understand what the show would be about," Duchovny recalled.

"Tom Kapinos told me, 'It's about what if you get it right the first time and you screw up? You met the right person first. Do you let go or try to get her back?' So what we have is a raunchy, dark, funny show with this romantic heart. And that won me over. I love those tensions in opposition."

Moody is in love with his former girlfriend (Natascha McElhone), the mother of his 12-year-old daughter (the fetching Madeleine Martin). His former mate is now engaged to an invertebrate of a millionaire (Damian Young, making a career out of these characters having played Lisa Kudrow's drip of a husband in HBO's The Comeback).

That tangled skein leaves Moody in a curious position. "He's a lothario who wants nothing more than to be monogamous with the one woman who won't have sex with him," Duchovny said.

The series attracted him because of the 12-week shooting commitment and cable's freedom. "I had told myself that I would never get into that kind of schedule of 10 months and 14-hour days. That part of my life is over. I have a family and they don't deserve more of that," he said, referring to his two children and his gifted wife of 10 years, actress Téa Leoni. (Why she isn't a huge star, when Drew Barrymore and Sandra Bullock are, remains a mystery for the ages.)

"I had come to dismiss television, then I started to conceive of these as possible cable years," said Duchovny, who directed three episodes of The X-Files (and wrote eight) and the poorly received 2004 feature House of D. "I can do an entire season in the time that it takes to make one movie."

The show has attracted several noted directors and writers, including Bart Freundlich (The Myth of Fingerprints), Scott Burns (The Bourne Ultimatum), and film noir specialist John Dahl (Rounders, The Last Seduction). The cast includes wonderful character actors including Evan Handler (Sex and the City), the scene-stealing Pamela Adlon (who voices Bobby on King of the Hill), and Rachel Miner as a Suicide Girl of a secretary.

In December, while on hiatus, Duchovny is scheduled to return to Canada to start the second, still-unnamed X-Files movie, directed by series creator Chris Carter and costarring Gillian Anderson. In spring, he'll be back to start with Californication's second season, possibly directing the first episode.

Perhaps Moody's writing will improve over the break. At one point the novelist is described as "a poor man's Jay McInerney." While much of the season's scripts have been inspired, snippets of Moody's fiction are a parody of hard-boiled ennui, Naked Came the Stranger put through a blender with a heavy helping of Bulwer-Lytton. One inside joke is that Moody's great novel, God Hates Us All, was fashioned into cinematic sausage, the blockbuster A Crazy Little Thing Called Love starring "Tom and Katie," Katie Holmes having made her breakthrough on Kapinos' Dawson's Creek. Another is that Hank's love is named Karen Van Der Beek, the same last name as Creek's star, James.

On Monday's finale, hope is tendered to Duchovny's reckless roué of a character, though it might limit his comic stumbling and carnal gymnastics. But then again, no.

Duchovny looks forward to returning to the part. "Hank has no money and no power. People can relate to and love a character that has no power and yet acts with human dignity as if he has some," he said.

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Tea Leoni is second in "Top 25 Female Celebrity Golfer List"

By Belinda Goldsmith

NEW YORK (Reuters Life!) - Women stars of all ages have landed on a list of the world's top 25 female celebrity golfers, ranging from Canadian singers Anne Murray and Celine Dion to actresses Cameron Diaz and Jessica Alba.

The magazine Golf For Women has compiled its first annual "Top 25 Female Celebrity Golfer List" after noting an upswing in the number of famous women taking up the sport.

"More women are taking up the game and this is also true of celebrity women. Golf is changing rapidly. It is becoming much more sexy and hip with the clothes and demographics changing," said the magazine's Editor-in-Chief Susan Reed.

Topping the list is Canadian singer Anne Murray, aged 62, who plays off a handicap of 11.

"We were surprised Anne Murray was No. 1 because she has such a low profile so who knew she was an 11 handicap? She is obviously the serious golfer in the bunch," said Reed.

In the No. 2 slot is 41-year-old American actress Tea Leoni who plays off 12, followed by Dion, 39, with a handicap of 17.

"Celine Dion is an avid golfer and plays all the time. She lives on a golf course in Vegas, belongs to one in Florida and even owns a golf course in Canada," said Reed.

Reed said there are about 6.6 million women golfers in the United States -- about 25 percent of the golfing population -- with more younger women -- and younger celebrities -- taking up the game such as Cameron Diaz, 35, and Jessica Alba, 26.

But Reed said women who linked up with a man who played golf also tended to take up the sport.

"It seems every women who dates Justin Timberlake takes up golf. He plays off a very low handicap. Now Jessica Biel is apparently taking golf lessons," said Reed.

"Heather Locklear is dating Jack Wagner and he is one of the best golfers in Hollywood. You start to see the links."

Here is the complete list of the top 25 female celebrity golfers including their handicaps and their age in bracket:

1. Canadian singer Anne Murray, 11 (62)

2. U.S. actress Tea Leoni, 12 (41)

3. Canadian singer Celine Dion, 17 (39)

T-4. British TV personality/model Jodie Kidd, 18 (29)

T-4. U.S. actress Cheryl Ladd, 18 (56)

T-6. U.S. actress/dancer Janet Jones-Gretzky, 20 (46)

T-6. U.S. model Beverly Johnson, 20 (55)

T-6. U.S. actress Salli Richardson, 20 (39)

T-6. Spanish actress/model Ines Sastre, 20 (35)

10. U.S. singer Amy Grant, 22 (46)

T-11. U.S. singer Belinda Carlisle, 23 (49)

T-11. U.S. actress Tanya Roberts, 23 (53)

T-13. U.S. actress Angie Everhart, 24 (38)

T-13. Welsh actress Catherine Zeta-Jones, 24 (38)

15. British actress Jane Seymour, 25 (56)

16. U.S. designer Vera Wang, 28 (58)

17. U.S. TV personality Mary Hart, 32 (56)

18. British-born actress Catherine Bell, 34 (39)

19. U.S. businesswoman Ivanka Trump, 36 (25)

T-20. U.S. actress Jessica Alba, 40 (26)

T-20. U.S. actress Cameron Diaz, 40 (35)

T-20. U.S. actress Patricia Heaton, 40 (49)

T-20. U.S. model/actress Kathy Ireland, 40 (44)

T-20. U.S. actress Heather Locklear, 40 (46)

T-20. U.S. actress Sharon Stone, 40 (49)

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David Duchovny Tries to Move "Californication" Past Sex

By Marilyn Beck and Stacy Jenel Smith
Oct 25, 2007

David Duchovny feels a sense of vindication now that his Showtime "Californication" series has landed in the winner's circle -- with a second season already set and a sizeable collection of critical kudos as its first season finale is about to be shown Monday night (Oct. 29). The show was deemed offensive, even pornographic, when it debuted in August. Looking back on its launch, Duchovny recalls, "You knew that having a nun offering a (sexual act) to a character was going to be like a red flag to a bull. … People respond irrationally to certain issues, sex and religion being two major ones."

However, he adds, "that's not what the show is. The marketing people wanted to hang their hats on sex. It was an interesting ordeal to go through a huge wave of press, supporting the show and answering the same questions about the sex all the time, knowing that's not the show I made and not the show Tom Kapinos, made but it was how the show was sold."

He admits, "I knew I would get frustrated but that I couldn't show my frustration. I knew I'd have to wait and hopefully the show would bear itself out. Hopefully, it would hang around long enough for people to see what I saw in it -- a comedy with a lot of drama and heart and wonderful irreverent characters."

Duchovny, who's also in the just-released "Things We Lost in the Fire," expects to be busy with the "X-Files" movie sequel filming in Vancouver from December until just about the time "Californication" begins its second season production (strike permitting) in the spring. That is, with a break that will allow him to spend the holidays with his family -- wife Tea Leoni, their 8-year-old daughter and their 5-year-old son.

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Téa Leoni in "Hollywood Pinups" for Unicef

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Téa Leoni isn't usually one to show her stuff, but she agreed to for a good cause: Oxfam. After all, the cantilevered cutie is the granddaughter of the woman who started UNICEF, and she joins infrequent flashers Ashley Judd, Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, Felicity Huffman, Molly Sims and others in photographer Timothy White's homage to Alberto Vargas in "Hollywood Pinups." HarperCollins won't release the lush picture book till next year, but this advance gives you an idea why David Duchovny seems such a happy fellow.

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Fires fail to ruffle Duchovny, other stars leave their homes

THE X FILES star David Duchovny and his family braved the wildfires heading for his home in Malibu, California on Sunday and Monday, ignoring pleas to evacuate.

As Olivia Newton-John and Titanic director James Cameron agreed to leave their threatened homes after receiving warnings from firefighters, Duchovny refused to move out.

A spokesman for local firefighters says, "He's safe for now."

Meanwhile, in an ironic twist, actress Suzanne Somers, who lost her home in Malibu fires earlier this year, has been forced to leave her temporary residence due to the new blaze.

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X Files Star On Fearsome Scots Mum...

Oct 21 2007 By Steve Hendry

... says Californication Star David Duchovny

DAVID DUCHOVNY may be a 47-year-old Hollywood star but there are still some things it's best his Scots mum doesn't know about - and he says new series Californication is one of them.

So the X-Files actor did not send a tape of the series to his north-east-born mum Meg - and he is keeping his fingers crossed she has not watched it.

The clue is in the title because the raunchy show is packed with steamy sex scenes, graphic language and close-up shots of her son's backside.

He said: "This is not a good show for her. Mums have a different perspective. She's not interested in watching something where I die or get naked."

Meg, a teacher from Whitehills near Aberdeen, would have to be watching with her hands clamped firmly over her eyes to miss him stripping off.

But he insists the scenes are all done in the best possible taste.

He said: "The sex is farcical. I hope I'm not turning people off but I liked the adult humour that I hadn't seen before on TV. A lot of American comedy is childish."

In the show, being shown on Five, David plays novelist Hank Moody who is catapulted into a massive midlife crisis.

His critically-acclaimed novel is turned into a cheesy romantic comedy starring a "Tom and Kate", he splits from his longterm girlfriend and ends up in bed with her new love's underage daughter.

Hank turns to sex, drugs and booze. In the pilot he even dreams of having steamy sex with a nun, played by Michelle Nordin.

David said: "There's a reprehensible quality to this guy. I thought it was interesting to make him somebody you would want to pull for.

"The only thing that's keeping him going is the fact he thinks he should be with his family and he's trying to figure out how to get them back. He's like a romantic anti-hero."

David understands the need to keep your family together all too well.

His parents split when he was 11. His father, Amram, moved to Paris to write while Meg stayed in Manhattan to raise David and siblings Daniel and Laurie.

He was brought up knowing all about his Scottish roots and is no stranger to haggis, porridge and his favourite, his mother's homemade clootie dumplings.

He delighted Meg when he wore a kilt at the Edinburgh premiere of his film Return ToMe in 2000 - his first visit since he was 10.

He said: "I'm very proud of my Scottish blood. It shows in my hard-working nature, perseverance, sense of humour - and a touch of moroseness."

One of the main lures of Californication was filming in Los Angeles so he could be home at night with his wife of 10 years, Deep Impact and Jurassic Park III actress Tea Leoni, and their kids Madelaine West, eight, and five-year-old Kyd Miller.

Afamily man, he puts his marriage and kids before work and doubts he will ever appear before the cameras with his wife.

He said: "We haven't got a deal about one of us working and the other not. We just fly by the seat of our pants.

"But my wife won't be appearing on Californication. Our marriage is sacrosanct and I can't think of a project we would work on together."

Californication has been commissioned for a second series but it is a return to TV David never thought he would make.

He became an international star thanks to his role in The X-Files, playing FBI agent Fox Mulder alongside Gillian Anderson as his sidekick Dana Scully.

It ran for nine seasons but the latter years were marked by lawsuits and fallings out behind the scenes and in the last series David only appeared in the final episodes.

But he is grateful for the opportunities and financial rewards it gave him.

He said: "It is remarkable to get eight or nine years out of a show. The thing The X-Files afforded me was the luxury of being able to choose what I wanted to do. I wasn't considering coming back to TV at all but I never function to a plan."

There were rumours of bad blood between Duchovny and Anderson but both have signed up for the second X-Files movie.

The show had the tagline The Truth Is Out There but whatever it is remains a mystery as both signed confidentiality agreements to keep the story secret.

He joked: "I will be sued if I say anything. But it will be a reunion and it will be good. Each week we had a story that could have been a movie plot.

"I never wanted to kill the character and leave him but I was tired of the grind of a television show."

Californication, Five, Thursday, 10pm.

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Giant Magazine: Still Foxy After All These Years

The Scanner catches up with David Duchovny and revisits the three big shows on The CW's fall line-up.

October 22nd, 2007

The Q&A: Secret Agent Man
David Duchovny hasn’t exactly been in seclusion since The X-Files ended its decade-long run in 2002, but it also wouldn’t be inaccurate to say that he’s been selective in picking his follow-up projects sparingly. Between 2003 and 2006, he only appeared in three feature films (House of D—which he also directed—Connie and Carla and Trust the Man) and provided voiceovers for a handful of video games. This year though, the once and future Fox Mulder returned to the spotlight in a major way, starring in two films—the just arrived-on-DVD Hollywood satire The T.V. Set and Things We Lost in the Fire, which debuted in theaters last week—and headlining the cult Showtime series Californication, which was recently renewed for a second season. The Scanner spoke with Duchovny about his sudden burst of activity and gets a solid answer to those pesky questions about the long-rumored new X-Files movie.

The Scanner: I’m very much looking forward to Things We Lost in the Fire because it was directed by Danish filmmaker Susanne Bier, who directed one of my favorite films so far this year, After the Wedding. Did you enjoy working with her on her American debut?
David Duchovny: Yes. She’s a very talented person, very strong and knew exactly what that movie was. I think she did a great job.

The Scanner: Hopefully it won’t slip through the cracks like your other 2007 film The T.V. Set, which just arrived on DVD after a too-brief theatrical run.
Unfortunately, these smaller independent films really suffer in the amount of money they have to advertise. I’ve been involved in two or three films like this, where people say they’re really looking forward to seeing the movie, but it’s already come and gone because they don’t have the money to advertise on TV and that’s where the make or break thing in this business is unfortunately. Unless a movie just freakishly catches fire like My Big Fat Greek Wedding and that’s hardly the rule.

The Scanner: Your own directorial effort, House of D, suffered from the same problem.
Yeah, it was very similar in that I thought I had a movie that could appeal to a broad audience, but there was no way to make that clear to the audience that might enjoy it. We’d do exit polling and have these great numbers, so the people that went in there loved the movie. The problem is, we couldn’t get anyone to go in there! It’s hard to do. It’s hard to make a small movie look big, even though it is big and by big I mean it appeals to a broad audience.

The Scanner: The T.V. Set presents a very convincing depiction of the process a show has to go through to get on the air. Did it bring back any memories from the early days of The X-Files?
Not so much. As an actor you come in the middle of the process, so the show has already come a long way. And people treat actors like babies. They aren’t involved in the fights or decision-making. They kind of are sequestered in their little trailers and fed and attended to by hair and makeup. As an actor, at least in the beginning of my career, I was blissfully ignorant of the kind of stuff that happens behind-the-scenes. Now I know enough to be very afraid at all points in a production. I used to think everything is going smoothly the parents are taking care of it. Now I know the parents are actually children.

The Scanner: The final scene of the film takes place at the upfronts, when the networks preview their new shows for advertisers. What was your own upfront experience like?
The X-Files wasn’t the network’s favorite show. The show they really thought was going to break out was The Adventures of Brisco County Jr. with Bruce Campbell as a sci-fi cowboy. So at the upfronts, they had poor old Bruce come out in his leather chaps and hat. And then for us it was like, “Here’s the stars of The X-Files” and we waved and left. I remember thinking, “Nobody seems to really care about us. They just want to talk to the cowboy.”

The Scanner: Now you’re on cable with Showtime’s Californication, which is a whole different universe.
First and foremost the schedule is really great for me. I was trying to get away from the schedule of network TV, which I did for nine years. Now, I do 12 episodes, we do one episode a week, so I do a whole year in 12 weeks, which is fantastic. And that’s why it has been feasible for me to do another TV-show, which I never thought I’d do. And in terms of the subject matter, I think in this point, more chances are being taken on cable TV than either network or film. There’s great work and great creative work to be done on the premium cable channels, especially on Showtime. I always say that they’re trying to make the network HBOver.

The Scanner: Californication definitely stole some of the thunder from HBO’s Tell Me You Love Me in terms of its fairly explicit sexual content.
To me, Tell Me You Love Me is just too serious. We’re human beings, we know sex is funny. It’s funny looking! You don’t want to say it’s not rocket science, but it sometimes feels like they’re doing the lord’s work over there. It’s really just two animals.

The Scanner: Is that why you’ve willingly bared your ass so much on the show, for the comic effect?
I’m not out there trying to be sexy, it’s silly and fun and if there’s going to be women naked then it’s fair play. It would look silly if I were clothed all the time. It would be unfair.

The Scanner: Would you do a full-frontal scene if they asked?
Oh God no. I wouldn’t do full frontal. [Laughs]

The Scanner: What’s next for you?
The X-Files 2 should be shooting in December and finish just in time do the second season of Californication. The show went exactly the way I wanted it to this year. I knew it was going to take a lot of heat at first, but I always knew it was a show with heart and that it was really about these characters, not T&A. And I know as the shows progressed, people saw that it’s really about something and it’s really funny. My fear was always that the noise about the tits was going to drown out everything else and it didn’t.

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E! Interviews Duchovny at Hollywood Life's Style Awards

We asked Duchovny what never goes out of style. “Clean underwear,” he offered. Not that he wears much of it in his new show Californication. Despite his salacious scenes, David dished he wasn’t concerned about dropping trou.
“I wasn’t nervous,” he swore. “I spend a lot of time in my life naked. Most mornings, I wake up naked, and it’s all fun.” But when he got onstage to accept his Style Hipster award, presented by the hilarious Orlando Jones, D2 did make his pantsless scenes sound a little more painful.

“It’s nice to show up to work every day knowing you’ll be wearing nothing but a cock-sock,” he deadpanned.

That’s for when Téa’s mischievous man remembers to put it on, mind you.

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David Interview at Movieline's Hollywood Life Style Awards

Duchovny at Movieline's Hollywood Life Style Awards

David Duchovny at Movieline's Hollywood Life Style Awards at the Pacific Design Center on October 7, 2007 in West Hollywood, California.

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David and Tea dinner date

On Friday night (sept 28), David and Tea drove out from Malibu to grab dinner on Montana in Santa Monica. And, while they dine, their ride charges at the electric car charging station!