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X Files | Interviews | Frank Spotnitz
Amazingly smart

What has the working relationship with David Duchovny been like?

David is amazingly smart. Whereas most actors are exclusively concerned with their role in the story, he tends to look at the script as a whole. Just as a writer or producer might look at it.

When you get notes from him theyíre about the script, and not just about his role in it. Theyíre usually very good. I think heís made a lot of scripts better just by his reactions to them.

Itís been a great collaboration over the years. One interesting choice David made early on when playing Fox Mulder was his being completely unembarrassed and unapologetic for his whacked out beliefs.

Fox thinks the craziest things and he almost takes delight in hushing a room, in creating discomfort at the FBI by spouting these things that anyone else would be ashamed of.

Itís probably a quality David has himself. He can be a bit of a provocateur some times, just like Mulder. Thatís one of the appealing things about him.

Then there are the things about Mulder that are a bit off kilter. He has no private life, we didnít see his bedroom until the sixth season of the show.

He was an unabashed reader and viewer of pornography. These are things that you just didnít see on network television prior to this character.

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