fuck yeah david and gillian : documenting the awkward since 2010
DUCHVONY: You know, in a weird way it felt like absolutely no time had passed because we were in Vancouver. It just seemed like we’d come back from summer hiatus or something, which was kind of terrifying sometimes to think about. But for me, in terms of getting back into the character, it really was when I started working with Gillian that I started to discover Mulder again, for real, instead of kind of faking it.
ANDERSON: The first couple of days… I felt like I had nothing to grab onto, that I kept trying to hang my coat on something that felt familiar, and there wasn’t. It felt really odd. And it wasn’t until day three, when we got to work together, that I was kind of like, ‘Oh, I forgot. This is what it is.’
DUCHOVNY: It was a real relief.
“I think what Mulder and Scully have goes back to Cary Grant movies, where verbal sparring had to code sexual sparring. I think that’s what people really like about it. It’s this kind of chaste love affair.”
David Duchovny, “Playboy,” 1998
How do you assess David’s appeal?
“Obviously, the audience is only seeing his character, who’s incredibly intelligent, kind, charming, sensitive. He’s like the perfect romantic hero. And a lot of that is also David. He brings such a warmth and intelligence to the role and a smooth sexuality that I don’t think anybody in their right mind could not find him attractive.”
Gillian Anderson, Rolling Stone, 1996
“Even aside from the fact that Mulder and Scully don’t consummate, nothing is ever consummated - from the lighting, which is never fully lit, to the characters who never really kiss, to, you know, the conspiracy which is never really revealed. All you have is the prelude to sex and then the cigarette after, but you never get the actual sex.”
David Duchovny on ‘The X-Files’ as sex, 1998
Please, go watch yourself some X-Files today. (Happy 17th anniversary of XF on the air!)
What is it about Mulder that keeps you coming back?
“He’s mine. I feel protective of him and of it and of all of us. It was the first real, real success of my career and will always be a cornerstone of my life in many ways, the creative endeavor it is. I feel protective of the character and of the show in many ways, and I’m proud of it.”
Duchovny, Sci Fi Wire, 2008
Pusher: You and your pretty partner seem awful close.
“If there’s evil in the world and you can pinpoint it on some middle-aged Canadian man who smokes cigarettes and if you could find him and put him in jail or kill him or punish him and take him out of power, then I guess your fantasies of the world would be set right, and that’s Mulder’s fantasy in some way. I think he’s childlike in that way in that he thinks that the bad people can be found, the truth can be found.”
David Duchovny, BBC Radio, 1998
What’s the secret for the heat between Mulder and Scully?
We have a kind of furtive understanding that it’s me and her against the world. That’s kind of sexy regardless of whether or not you wanna fuck them all the time.
DD, ‘Rolling Stone,’ 1996
D: Let’s just say that six years have passed and six years that we’ve been together in some capacity. So our relationship that grew over nine years is now almost 15 years. It’s almost like a lifelong partnership at this point, and it’s interesting to watch it develop and grow in the medium of a thriller at the same time.
So, that’s kind of the fascinating thing about this film, is that it’s a 15-year thing going on between us. That’s interesting to watch on screen because it’s actual. Usually on screen people meet and fall in love [suddenly], I would think. Isn’t that the way it usually happens?
G: Yeah, usually happens.
D: We’re just like tired of it already — 15 years.
G: Yeah, we’re old timers. We’re already in love.
Filmazing, July 2008
“What I tend to play it is that I always want to check with her. Whenever I hear something interesting, I’ll look at her. That’s sexy to people. I don’t play it like he wants to fuck her. But there’s some tension between us whenever there’s another woman around.”
Rolling Stone, 1996
GA: You know, their relationship was so intimate for so many years… the friendship and the camaraderie and the love that these people share for each other goes beyond any paper that’s signed or any sex scene or any - you know, it’s so much deeper than all of that… and they should just leave that… alone…
DD: What did you have for lunch?
DD: It’s a character that I love, it’s a show that I love… I love working on it with… Gillian and the people…
Early Show, July 2008
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