David Duchovny Reveals How Trump Could Influence The X-Files’ Next Season


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David Duchovny recently discussed the future of The X-Files with Unorthodox. Alternative Nation transcribed his comments. Duchovny was asked if he felt like we were living in an episode of The X-Files with the state of the world with the new U.S. administration, and his answer hinted at what might influence the next season of The X-Files.

“Well in a sense, I feel like, and we are talking about maybe doing some more [X-Files], and I’m kind of excited. As much as I’m horrified by the state of affairs in this country, I am excited as an artist to tackle these kinds of issues through the frame of The X-Files in this day and age. I mean the idea that I’m going to shoot a scene in Skinner’s office with a picture of Donald Trump in the background, I can’t tell you how nauseous that makes me feel. But I also think we have some good work to do around this age.”

The X-Files aired a six-episode miniseries in 2016 after 14 years off the air. The X-Files was one of the 90’s most iconic television series, originally airing on FOX from 1993 to 2002. Duchovny also discussed X-Files memes, and how iconic the Fox Mulder character has become.

“It’s like it has nothing to do with me, it’s a character I played, or continue to play. It’s a job that I did a long time ago, or will do again in the future. What happens, like any work of art that one does, be it a novel or a movie or a TV show or a character, once you put it out there, it is no longer under your control, especially in the internet world we live in where everyone gets transformed into memes and GIF’s.”

He also compared playing Mulder to Hank Moody on Californication, “I embraced the [Hank Moody] character because he was really one of those truth telling characters, I guess like Mulder in a way. If Mulder speaks truth to power, Hank just speaks truth all the time. I enjoyed the comedy, turning the soul of that character full circle.”