X Files: “Mulder is not in a happy place”

David Duchovny on why Mulder isn’t having the best time in the new X-Files

Out of the many things to be excited about with the returning X-Files series, it’s the chance to see David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson reunited as Fox Mulder and Dana Scully.

However, when it comes to the plot of the miniseries, Duchovny is eager to reveal that Mulder is in a very difficult place at the start of the first episode. “It’s interesting,” he reveals, speaking exclusively to SciFiNow. “We only have six episodes, so where do you start and where do you finish? I think it was smart for Chris to begin with Mulder in a place where he’s just not clued in any more. That’s how the show starts. Basically, he’s given up. For starters, he’s not shaving, but I don’t think it’s a spoiler to say that Mulder is going to be re-involved.”

The smirk on Duchovny’s face soon disappears when he reveals the state of the relationship between Mulder and Scully. “[They’re] are not together, so he’s not in a really happy place. He’s not emotionally engaged in his work, or with his ex-wife – or whatever Scully is. I get confused myself. I don’t know if we were ever married or not. I think we were, but I don’t know. A man should know these things! They’ve taken everything away from him, but over these six episodes he’s going to get some of it back. It’s a new conspiracy, too. It’s not a continuation of the old. It’s an abrupt turn.”

Speaking to the youthful-looking 55-year-old, it’s tough to believe that Duchovny first started work as FBI agent Fox Mulder nearly 23 years ago, but it’s a role that never left the acclaimed actor. “It felt pretty seamless to be Mulder again,” he explains, shuffling in his director’s chair.

“Most of that’s to do with having Gillian and Chris here. In many ways, Mulder never left me – as much as I would have wanted him to leave me. I think there was a point at which I was doing the show that I was afraid that it was going to be the only thing I was ever going to do, or that anybody was ever going to know me as. That was pretty troubling to me, but now I know it’s just one of those once-in-a-lifetime roles that I’m completely grateful for.”

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