David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson Interview – THE X-FILES: I Want to Believe
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Question: Did you ever ask her to the No Pants Restaurant?
Duchovny: No, I never did. But I think I will.
Anderson: Give me a few months, please [laughs].
Question: David, you famously sort of distanced yourself from the show in the last season, being fatigued, and then we hear that you're really the now who was big into getting this movie done. Can you talk about that? Is it a love/hate relationship?
Duchovny: I wouldn't characterize me as the one who really wanted to get it going, but I'm certainly someone who would always say yes whenever Chris and I would talk about it. The love/hate has nothing to do with the actual content, the actual people, the actual anything. The love/hate had to do with me wanting to get on with the rest of my life, the rest of my career and when you think about it, that I did eight years and Gillian did nine, that's a lifetime. There are no other dramas that keep the same characters that run that long. If you look at 'Law & Order' or 'ER', they're twenty years old or whatever they are, but they're completely recast. So it's just not something you see. You don't see actors not get fatigued and not get frustrated in a drama where we're working, cell phones or not, everyday for many, many hours playing the same characters. So it's just natural to burnout. There was always love for the show and love for the character. There was never any hate for that.
Anderson: But it's interesting that it's always something for the press to latch onto. It's always a surprise, in some way or it's a good headline, that someone wants to leave. It creates good drama and so it always becomes this thing where actually it's just a natural thing.
Duchovny: Right, like you're ungrateful in some way. Yes, I love 'The X-Files' and I love Vancouver. Those things are true.
Question: Can you talk about working in the severe weather conditions up in Canada?
Anderson: This time around I didn't have as much exposure to it as David did. Fortunately, Chris didn't write those words in the script for Scully. But I was up there in Whistler and when I arrived it was about eighteen below. Fortunately it didn't stay there for too long, but I was out there for probably a good couple of weeks, I guess and it's beautiful, but it's also exhausting.
Duchovny: Yeah. Let me try to say this in a way that's right. Just doing quotation marks is going to get me in trouble. I had to work in one of the most beautiful ski resorts in the world for almost three weeks. Pity me. I think it's hard sometimes. The logistics of it is if you're out in the middle of nowhere and you're running around in the freezing rain or snow you don't get a chance to go off and warm up in your trailer because you're seeing so much that your trailer is on the other side of the town. So you are stuck in clothes that aren't fitting for the environment for a long time. So, yeah, it's a pain in the ass, but you just suck it up and it's not going to be that long and your feet are cold and your ass is cold and your hands are cold and your muscles are cold. You just suck it up.
Anderson: I think one of the more physically challenging aspects for me at the time were that there were a couple of scenes where we had quite a bit of dialogue and when you're in that kind of weather and the wind is slightly blowing and the snow is coming down, your lips actually do freeze. They do. There were a couple of times that were reminiscent of the pilot. There was a scene in the pilot where we're in this pouring forest rain that's freezing and I'm screeching at him about one thing or another –
Duchovny: 'You mean to say thirty miles?! Came here?!'
Anderson: Are you making fun of me?
Duchovny: No. I just remember it.
Anderson: I remember it too. It felt very much like that, but what was reminiscent was the fact that my mouth wouldn't work. I had all this stuff to say and it just comes out as gobbledygook.
Duchovny: But when you see it on film it's just gorgeous. You look at those big snow flakes coming down in the movie and it's worth it.
Anderson: It's beautiful.
Duchovny: You have to know that when you're putting up with it, that if you're experiencing this discomfort it's probably going to look pretty good on film.
Anderson: If there's pain involved.
Question: What are your next projects? And was the George Bush/J. Edgar Hoover thing scripted or did it just come about?
Duchovny: Yeah, that was completely scripted and that was an example of where I was trying to be what I thought was funny and Chris was like, 'No. No.'
Anderson: Probably because he knew in the back of his mind that that little bit of music right there was going to be in there which kind of does the humor for it.
Duchovny: Yeah, so no. That was actually always in it and was written in, literally as George Bush and J. Edgar Hoover.
Anderson: We tried a few other versions of it.
Duchovny: Yeah, what did we do? I thought they were funny. It was funny. I can't remember. Your upcoming projects?
Anderson: I've got a couple of things coming out, but the next thing I'm going to do is a play in London. I'm going to do a play there a couple of months after the baby is born.
Question: During your run of the show and of the movie, because of the things that you guys handled, did you ever experience any real paranormal happenings either on the set or outside of it?
Anderson: At Riverview. There was a place that we shot during the series and also during the film that was an abandoned insane asylum –
Duchovny: But not so abandoned. It was like half abandoned and half not.
Anderson: Yeah. The top floor was being used for something.
Duchovny: But there were some crazy people wandering around.
Anderson: Yeah. It was miles and miles of institution and insanity.
Duchovny: Actually, where we did the photos for this movie, that was where…
Anderson: That was really creepy.
Duchovny: We went into these rooms, tiny little rooms, that only had loops on the floor for where you would hook someone's retraining irons onto.
Anderson: There's paint peeling and all of that stuff.
Duchovny: But I've never really had a paranormal experience per say in my life. I believe in the spirit and the energy, but I've never seen it. I've felt it, but not seen it.
Question: David, what's your next project?
Duchovny: I believe I will be doing this movie called 'The Joneses' and then 'Californication' season two is coming out in September. I have just three more days of filming of that and then we're done.
Question: Are you going to Comic-Con?
Duchovny: When is it?
Question: Next week.
Duchovny: No [laughs].
Question: Who was your all time favorite TV crime fighter?
Duchovny: I was always an original 'Star Trek' fan. I don't know if Kirk is a crime fighter, but I liked him.