Af­ter two days on set of The X- Files re­boot, DAVID DU­CHOVNY chats to SFX to preview the se­ries re­vival…

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What’s it like to work with Gil­lian An­der­son again on

The X- Files re­boot? It feels very fa­mil­iar. We worked to­gether for so long, but that was a long time ago. Then we worked to­gether again about seven or eight years ago, but I just feel like there’s a con­nec­tion be­tween us now. The fact that we did the show at that time in our lives for so long means that we are al­ways go­ing to have an act­ing con­nec­tion to fall back on. How would you de­scribe your first day on set?

Again, it felt very fa­mil­iar. I thought, “Let’s do it; let’s do these char­ac­ters.” Un­for­tu­nately, I had about five pages of ex­po­si­tional di­a­logue and that was in­ter­est­ing be­cause I hadn’t been asked to say that kind of crap in a long time. There were things like “elec­tro­gravitic propul­sion”. you say that! So you’re find­ing the scripts tougher this time around?

That’s just a tid­bit, but there were five pages of it. It was great that that was the first day be­cause it was like, “Okay, this is how the guy speaks. This is the world we are in. Let’s get in shape for it.” What’s dif­fer­ent about the re­booted show?

I think what’s hap­pened is that Gil­lian and I have changed. I am a bet­ter ac­tor and Gil­lian is a bet­ter ac­tor, and we get to bring those changes and abil­i­ties to the roles as they are writ­ten and as they were es­tab­lished. That’s in­ter­est­ing to me. The X- Files is not go­ing to be the same. It can’t be the same and we are not the same. We are not the same per­form­ers. What are the big­gest dif­fer­ences be­tween the old show and the new show?

I don’t know. I have only worked two days. But you’ve read the scripts…

I have read two scripts out of six. It’s an in­stinc­tual feel­ing that I have that the process is now dif­fer­ent. Just in the two days that we worked, I feel like the process feels more cre­ative this time. How long is the shoot?

It’s six episodes and each takes eight days, so we are go­ing to wrap around 20 Au­gust. How is Chris Carter?

He’s good. Did he write all six episodes?

No, he didn’t write them all. Glen Mor­gan wrote the sec­ond one, Darin Mor­gan wrote one and Vince [ Gilligan] is busy. He’s prob­a­bly too ex­pen­sive!

Du­chovny re­turns to the role of Mul­der af­ter a seven- year break.

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