David Duchovny Glad to Be Back as Mulder in ‘X-Files 2′

DAVID DUCHOVNYAfter waiting six years, Duchovny returns in film based on the popular TV seriesBy Robin Rowe

HOLLYWOOD, CA (RUSHPRNEWS) 7/25/08 – “I thought I would fall back into Mulder very naturally, but at first playing the character felt a little odd,” says ‘The X-Files: I Want to Believe’ star David Duchovny. “I didn’t want to make any drastic changes in the way I played Mulder because the character is so well-known. But of course I’m older now, and so is Mulder, so some things had to change.”

The film reunites series stars David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson under the direction of series creator Chris Carter, who co-wrote the screenplay with Frank Spotnitz. ‘The X-Files 2′ encountered delays. Carter and Fox fought a court battle over royalties from re-runs of the television series, then the WGA writers strike hit.

“I’d say David was as responsible as anyone for getting this movie made,” says ‘The X-Files 2′ director Chris Carter. “He campaigned for it. He wanted to do it. David was really the key cheerleader in sustaining our interest in doing another film.”

David Duchovny says that presenting Mulder and Scully as they are today was a critical decision. “It was important to allow time to go on in the world of The X-Files as it’s gone on in the world at large,” says Duchovny. “I think one of the most interesting things we do as actors is to try and embody the same character as time goes by, working with the changes of life or consciousness that happen to us with time.”

“I think the reason The X-Files series was so successful was that Chris imagined a beautiful universe, perfectly devised,” says ‘The X-Files 2′ screenwriter Frank Spotnitz. “He created two very powerful characters, perfectly cast, with opposing views of the world, one a believer, the other a skeptic. Mulder and Scully dealt with the limits of what we understand about life and about the universe. It really is an incredibly rich and diverse universe, and an endless source of storytelling. I think the voice of this movie is still very clearly the voice that Chris defined in the series pilot, sixteen years ago.”

Duchovny has wanted to return to Fox Mulder and The X-Files since the show ended its long run in 2002. “I always felt that The X-Files as a movie franchise had real life in it,” says Duchovny. ‘The X-Files’ television series aired from 1993 to 2002. It won five Golden Globes. When Fox released the first ‘The X-Files’ movie in 1998, it grossed $187 million worldwide. For its first five seasons the televisies shot in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, before moving to Los Angeles. ‘The X-Files 2′ was filmed in Vancouver.

Release Date: July 25th, 2008 (USA)
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for violent and disturbing content and thematic material
Distributor: 20th Century Fox
NEWS SOURCE: Hollywood Today