I love when actors are candid, and can reflect harshly on the characters they’ve played. And sometimes, just sometimes, it’s the characters flaws that make them so relatable.
If I remember correctly, on the very first episode of “The X-Files” (1993), Dana Scully (Gillian Anderson) is introduced to Fox Mulder (David Duchovny), who is the black sheep in the office. The idea is that Mulder is “out there” and basically a nut bag conspiracy theorist. Scully is the perfect compliment, as she’s based in a world of science, and is there to debunk everything he believes. Why? They believe he’s gone over the deep end. And maybe he has, even though thought nine season of the show we find out he’s sorta right.
Anyways, the point is, maybe he’s his own worst enemy, and bad at his job as an F.B.I. agent?
Reflecting back on his character with the NY Times, he throws out this incredible bombshell: he believes Fox Mulder is the worst F.B.I. agent of all time!
“The interesting thing about Mulder is nominally he is law enforcement but he never solved one case in nine years. So he’s the worst F.B.I. agent of all time. As F.B.I. agents, I would say we were not by the book. Especially Mulder.”
The highlight, though, is his answer when asked if he’ll solve a case this time around:
“I don’t know. I hope not. That would really change the show.”
He’s clearing joking around, but it’s fantastic to be so aware of the character’s flaws. Also, maybe it’s true, maybe having Mulder solving a case destroys what made him so special in the first place? Or maybe, just maybe, his first big resolution will conclude the franchise once and for all…
There’s a lot of other great stuff in the interview, which I recommend reading in full.
GUYS, I’M SO EXCITED!