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'X-Files' Star David Duchovny On His Favorite Leading Men

July 18, 2008
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David Duchovny became familiar to most audiences through his work in the TV series "The X-Files" (1993-2002) and its big-screen movie spin-off in 1998. Earlier this year, he won a Golden Globe for his part helming the Showtime comedy-drama "Californication." On July 25, he'll step back into his co-starring role as Special Agent Fox Mulder, a paranormal investigator, in the movie sequel, "The X-Files: I Want to Believe." The former Princeton literature major chatted with us about the actors he considers his favorite leading men in film.

Marlon Brando, 'Last Tango in Paris' (1972)
"The best actor that ever lived," says Mr. Duchovny of Mr. Brando, who stars in this erotic film about a tryst in Paris. Mr. Brando changed the style of screen acting, says Mr. Duchovny, who calls all actors "Brando's children."

Montgomery Clift, 'A Place in the Sun' (1951)
A four-time Oscar nominee, Mr. Clift is an actor who "can really show great neediness and is very sensitive," Mr. Duchovny says. Mr. Clift plays a man embroiled in a love affair with two women in this Oscar-nominated film. "He's very masculine but very kind of feminine in a weird way."

Charlie Chaplin, 'City Lights' (1931)
Mr. Chaplin is my "favorite comic actor of all time," Mr. Duchovny says. In this silent film, Mr. Chaplin uses the art of body language to weave a tale of love. "His physicality is unique," Mr. Duchovny says.

Al Pacino, 'Dog Day Afternoon' (1975)
"I love his performance," Mr. Duchovny says of Mr. Pacino's role as a bank robber. He calls Mr. Pacino an "underrated actor" who brings levity to serious roles. "I always appreciate people in dramas that subversively bring humor into them," Mr. Duchovny says.

Groucho Marx, 'Duck Soup' (1933)
Mr. Marx plays the prime minister of Freedonia in this political lampoon that also stars his siblings. "As a kid, what makes a great comic performance is they revolt against authority," Mr. Duchovny says.

--Lyneka Little

Source: The Wall Street Journal

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