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Thanks for sending us your questions for X-Files star David Duchovny. We received in excess of 500, most of which were worthy of an answer! Here, however, are the ones which David did respond to. Questions asked by Stella Papamichael...

There has been a lot of talk about a second X Files movie recently. I hope it goes ahead this time. Do you genuinely believe that it will be made, or are you just talking it up? Susan Whitlow

Oh, I wouldn't talk it up if it wasn't going ahead. I don't know. I mean, everybody's trying to get it done, everybody's trying to figure out when we can all be in the same place, and if everybody wants to do it for whatever we're being offered.

Do you have any idea what the second X Files movie will be about? Nicole

The X Files Movie

There won't be a script until all those other questions are answered. I know Chris Carter [X Files creator] has an idea that he's excited about, but I don't think he'll write until we know that we're going to do it - otherwise it's a hell of a lot of work for nothing.

It must have been quite difficult to shake off the "star of The X Files" label. If you had your time again, would you still accept the part of Fox Mulder? Charlotte

No, I don't concern myself with the "what if". I mean, it is what it is. It's an indelible show and an indelible role of which I'm proud. So, you know, I move on, and I hope others can as well.

You've just made your first movie as writer and director. Is House Of D autobiographical? Anna Pinto

It's autobiographical in the sense of chronology because it's a coming-of-age story set in 1973, which is when I was 13, and geographically because it's Manhattan - Lower East Side and Greenwich village - but other than that it's not really autobiographical. None of the things that happen to the kid, and the man that he grows up to be in the movie, really happened to me. I mean, there's a certain feel to it that's definitely autobiographical but in terms of plot, no. That's all fiction.

When might we see House Of D released this side of the Atlantic? Philip Hyland

I think we're releasing House Of D in mid-September in the States, or late September, but I'm not exactly sure. I don't know how they release independent films in Europe. I know with big films they like to open them simultaneously in America and Europe, but I imagine shortly after that, maybe in the winter, is when House of D will open here. Not before September, that's for sure.

How was working with [your wife] Téa Leoni on House Of D, and would you ever want to work with her again? Arwen

I'll tell you what was great: I'm just a big admirer of her work - being as objective as I can be. It's always a pleasure to work with talented actors and that's what it was to work with her. If she'd be kind enough to be in anything I do, I'd take her in a second.

What's your favourite Téa Leoni movie? David Collins

Ah, House Of D, of course. And then, possibly Flirting With Disaster.

Of your roles so far, which is the one you have most been able to identify with? Beth Volpe

Hmmm. I don't know. When I'm doing them I identify fully with them. And then when I'm done with them, I can't even remember what they were, you know? That's the nature of it. You immerse yourself in the world of the movie that you're doing, and the person that you're playing. And then when it's over it's like it was a dream - it didn't really happen. Personally, I don't identify except when I'm doing the job, and then when it's over I try to forget.

House Of D

I loved Playing God. If you could play God for a day, with all that power, what would you change and why? Judy Murray

That's a tough question. Wasn't that Bruce Almighty or something? I mean I didn't see that movie, but I saw the trailer and that's what it looked like. [Long pause] Oh, I think I'd change everything - I'd rewrite.

Now that you have directed and written your own film, which is more difficult - being behind the camera or in front of it? K Richardson

They have their specific challenges, so I don't know what's more difficult. I think if you're committed to something, and you believe in it, then it's not hard - whatever it is. It's a fun kind of hard. It's like this long math equation that you're solving on a blackboard, and using seven blackboards. You know, it's fun, but if you're not committed to it, it's hell. I was committed to directing and writing, and that was great, and with acting it's the same although there are different challenges. But I enjoy all aspects of putting on a show.

If you could act alongside any actor in the world, who would it be and why? Sarah Smith

You know, I never even think that way. There are so many talented people that the fans know, and so many talented people that they don't know, and so I can't single anybody out. There are a lot of people that I would love to work with.

Fame can be hard to deal with. Do you ever wonder what your life would have been like if you had finished your doctoral thesis at Yale: "Magic and Technology in Contemporary Poetry and Prose"? Ishmael

No, that's another "what if" question. And fame at this point just seems normal, so it's not so hard to deal with anymore. I just feel like I'm living my life and so I don't really think "what if". I wish I'd finished my dissertation, but not because I don't want to be doing what I'm doing, but just because it would be nice that, if people ask questions about it, I could tell them what it was about. But I can't, because it doesn't exist.

You once said in an interview that you might publish your poetry under a pseudonym. Have you done so? Mairead Reidey

No, no. It's just because I'm writing in another milieu now so the inspiration to write... I'm channelling it into scriptwriting. I mean, I write a poem every, uh... year [laughs] - maybe. Just when the mood strikes. I don't work on them, they just sort of come out and they're small. They're just for myself. I think about publishing every now and then, but then I think, "Why? Who needs to read my poems?" I mean, if I thought that they could help in any way, I guess I'd publish them. But I certainly don't need to do it for my own gratification. If I thought that they were really worthwhile, and that somebody might get pleasure out of them - aside from the fact that they were written by me - I would do it. But I don't.

David with Nia Vardalos in Connie And Carla

What aspects of your career have been the most surprising to you since leaving The X Files? KA Pearson

I don't know about surprising - this is a surprising question. When I left The X Files, I saw myself wanting to take control of the entire creative process. I wanted to write and develop my own material, so in that sense there's no surprise. That's exactly what I wanted to do. I'm surprised that I'm able to do it though [laughs].

Where do you see yourself in ten years? Kristina

Mmm. I don't know. I don't even know what country I'll be in. I'd like to be able to answer that by telling you where I'll live, but I can't. I have thoughts of relocating all the time. Europe maybe, Canada... back to Vancouver would be nice. It's a beautiful city. So, I don't know. I don't really know. If I could answer where, then I could answer what, but I can't answer where.

Connie And Carla is released in UK cinemas on Friday 11th June. To read David's thoughts on the movie - and on playing James Ellroy - read our interview here. And for more information about Connie And Carla, check out the official UK site.

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