“THERE ARE QUESTIONS THAT GO BEYOND SCI-FI”
AIDAN GILLEN IS DR J ALLEN HYNEK
What’s the most compelling aspect of this series for you?
All of our plotlines are based on actual reports. It’s a very interesting angle to be coming from, in what’s seen as a popular entertainment sci-fi genre, to be saying “this stuff happened.” or, at least these people very convincingly told us what happened to them.
What’s the most interesting thing that’s come out of diving back into these cases?
What’s really interesting to an audience, and to Hynek and to me, is if Betty and Barney Hill say they were abducted by aliens and they’re sticking to the story for years, if it didn’t happen, why are they doing this? What’s behind it? there are questions that go beyond just sci-fi, or beyond this plot. What makes people make things up if they’re making it up? so it’s about the people as much as it’s about the events.
In your research about Dr Hynek, what did you learn about his actual beliefs?
I think certainly starting out, Hynek thought that the idea of an actual physical craft coming from somewhere else was pretty unlikely. But he did have these other beliefs. And especially when he was younger, he was reading a lot of Rudolf steiner and had an interest in the Rosicrucians, and the idea that there are other dimensions, or that there’s a veil between this world and something else. And I know this seems pretty farfetched, but is it impossible? I don’t know.
Have you ever seen anything weird in the sky yourself?
Yeah. I mean it could have been just a helicopter, but I don’t think it was. Look, I’m of the age where one of the first films I saw in the cinema was Close Encounters Of The Third Kind which, apart from making me very interested in this subject, instilled a love of cinema. Full stop. After I’d seen that three or four times in the cinema, I was watching the sky constantly. Tara Bennett