I’m constantly confused by David Duchovny’s obsession with his role on “The X-Files.” Typically, when a series ends, or a franchise falls flat on its face, the actors associated with it want nothing to do with it anymore.
Duchovny, as well as Gillian Anderson, are consistently using interview platforms to beg for another chance to play Fox Mulder and Dana Scully, respectively, once again.
“We always want to,” Duchovny told Jay Leno in an interview on Wednesday’s “The Tonight Show,” as reported by THR. “[Creator] Chris Carter and [co-star] Gillian Anderson and I, we’re always on board.”
Duchovny, who has previously expressed interest in doing a third film, then encouraged fans to start a letter-writing campaign to the studio to make it happen. “You want to write Fox and get ’em going…,” he told the audience, adding: “You could wheel me [out]. I’ll play Fox Mulder forever.”
His commitment to the franchise, which started way back in 1993, is refreshing. Yet, he’s killing it with Showtime’s “Californication,” and Anderson has no shortage of roles, so their obsession with recurring the roles that made them famous is a head-scratcher. “X-Files” aired on Fox for nine seasons, from 1993-2002, spawning two movies. 1998’s The X-Files: Fight the Future grossed about $189 million at the worldwide box office, but the horrendous 2008 sequel, subtitled I Want to Believe, earned only $68 million, according to Box Office Mojo. I’d love to see X-Files” live on, but only if they can do it right.