Surprise! David Duchovny is returning as Agent Fox Mulder in The X-Files: I Want To Believe, the second film spin-off of the FBI-meets-aliens TV hit. Maddeningly, that ‘no, duh!’ information seems to be the only tidbit the deadpan 47-year-old – or anyone else – will reveal about the movie, whose ‘secret’ has somehow yet to surface on the internet. Duchovny, a native New Yorker who is married to actor Téa Leoni, is less tight-lipped about his Golden Globe-garnering role as a horndog novelist on TV series Californication, which he also executive-produces.
Before we start on The X-Files, tell us about your TV series Californication – we hear it’s pretty racy.
There is a bunch of sex in it, yeah, but the sex part is really a marketing notion. Because you can’t say, ‘Hey, watch this show because it’s intelligent and it’s funny in a way that you haven’t seen in a while.’ Early on it was apparent to me that they were going to hang it on that even though that’s never what the show was to me. But whatever. Come for the sex, stay for the dialogue.
On behalf of male writers everywhere, I want to thank you for making us look like total studs.
I guess that is every writer’s fantasy. Once upon a time, though, people were turned on by the written word. Has that time passed?
Well, I’ll bet you got pretty hot when you read the script for the big Mulder and Scully sex scene in the new movie.
Somehow I don’t think that’ll happen.
Dang. You’re not going to reveal anything about the X-Files movie, are you?
Well, we’ve done a good job of keeping it quiet so far, so I don’t think I should ruin it now.
I strongly disagree.
The idea behind that is that the kernel at the heart of the movie is surprising if you don’t know it.
Surprising like The Crying Game?
Yes. Mulder’s a woman. Oh s*** – it slipped out! No, not like that so much. More conceptual. And a concept that I think is fun to discover in the theatre rather than going in knowing, Oh, that’s what this is about.
The big secret revolves around the Lost City of Monkeys, doesn’t it?
The Lost City of Monkeys? No. We’re going to get to that in the next one. Or maybe in the fourth. If you want to flesh that story out, I’m all ears.
OK, I’ll have my people send it to your people. Before filming, did you go back and watch old episodes?
I will catch one here and there and call [creator] Chris Carter the next day to say, ‘That sucked,’ or, ‘That was great.’ I actually just emailed him because I happened to catch the first few episodes. I was just terrible, and the show was cheesy and cheap. So I emailed Chris and said, ‘Thanks for giving me the opportunity to get better.’
What do you want to believe in?
At the risk of sounding like Obama: change.
I want to believe in free nachos for everyone.
No, you already believe in that. That’s just something you want.
So true. When referring to hardcore X-Files fans, which of the following words do you use: nerds, dorks or geeks?
I refer to them as old friends.
Very political, Mr. Duchovny. Maybe you are the next Obama.
I want to believe.
The X-Files: I Want To Believe is out now.