Jay Leno: Okay, my first guest stars
in the very popular show, "X-Files." [CHEERS AND APPLAUSE] Of course, it
is now a movie. "The X-Files" opens June 19th. Please welcome David Duchovny!
[CHEERS AND APPLAUSE] [PLAYING THE THEME TO THE "X-FILES"] [CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]
JL: Have a seat. Good to see you. [CHEERS
AND APPLAUSE] You look good. You look in Shape!
David Duchovny: Yeah. [EXTENDED CHEERS
AND APPLAUSE] It sounds like we got most of the "Re" here today. [They had
just shown a clip of people who didn't know the pledge of allegiance--therefore
didn't know what the remainder of "Re...." would be when they started to
JL: No they were guessing.
David Duchovny: That's a loud "re"
JL: People are unbelievable. And to the
"Re....," the "Re....." [LAUGHTER]
DD: All across this great "Re" of ours,
the movie will be opening on June 19th.
JL: June 19th. There you are. Let me
ask you about this. Before we talk about The "X-Files," you know, I loved
you on "Larry Sanders." [CHEERS AND APPLAUSE] The last episode really made
me laugh. In fact, you got nominated for an emmy for this.
DD: Last year, not for this particular
flash -- but last year. For those people who don't watch "Larry Sanders,"
he plays a fictional talk show host. And what makes him fictional is he is
a really nasty guy unlike the real talk show hosts. [To Leno] I'll get that
money later. [finishes story to audience] So he just -- in the show, in this
clip, Larry is talking to me. He's trying to get me to go on his final good-bye
show, which is like the Carson good-bye, but only it is for Larry Sanders.
JL: But you kinda have this....
DD: I kinda have a crush on him.
JL: You have a crush on him. Which I
find is funny. You have a crush on him as David Duchovny.
DD: Yes I have a crush on him as David
JL: So people don't know if you're sort
DD: At one point we're talking. And I
said, "Gary, it would be funny if I just had a crush on you and I was straight."
It was just kind of very mystifying to me. [LAUGHTER] I was like, "I just
get tingles around you and I don't know why." [LAUGHTER] I just thought that
was funny. and some people in the "Re" do too. [LAUGHTER]
DD: Anyway, it got totally out of hand.
And you should see what happens. Show them this clip there.
JL: Here's the scene with him and Gary
Shandling from "Larry Sanders."
Larry Sanders: Would it be imposing....to
ask if you would do the show?
DD: I've actually been wanting to go
on the show, very much. And I'm glad that you finally asked me. [DD uncrosses
and recrosses his legs while only wearing a robe....]
LS: Well, Thank you.
DD: You're welcome. Hey, I heard you
got rid of Steven Graham. [DD uncrosses and recrosses his legs....]
LS: Yeah. His behavior was so "de-testicle."
DD: Is that a word?
LS: What did I say?
DD: You said, "His behavior was so
LS: Did I? I meant "despicable."
LS: Hey, can I have some fruit?
LS: Appreciate it.
[SCENE ENDS] [CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]
DD: The disturbing thing about it all
is, I don't know if you remember "Basic Instict," but when Sharon Stone kind
of flashed on that, she went around saying she had no idea that she was going
to be shown here.
DD: Well, otherwise she would have put
underwear on. And they said there was "VPL," you know, "Visible Panty Line,"
Therefore, don't go out with underwear. We won't shoot it. And they said
the same damn thing to me. [LAUGHTER] And I'm watching at home on TV, and
'My God! My father and mother are watching this! [LAUGHTER] And Gary lied
to me!' [LAUGHTER] They had turned up the heat in the place. And I was wondering
why. And they said, 'I want you to have your best showing.' [LAUGHTER]
JL: You were like.... You were kind of
like Coco in 'fame.' Remember 'Coco' had to do the little thing?
DD: It was very sad for Dave.
JL: Very sad for you? Yeah? Listen, this
seems like it's very traumatic. Do you want to take a break and compose yourself?
DD: No. I think I'm okay. Let's move
JL: No, No, No. I think you've got it.
You gather yourself. More with David, right after this. Be right back.
[CHEERS AND APPLAUSE COMMERCIAL BREAK]
JL: We're back. Talking with David Duchovny.
The movie is "The X-Files" Movie. Now I want to ask you about this. I'm not
going to give anything away, but this nude scene you have in the movie...
DD: Okay, Okay.
JL: Just think of how unfair the media
DD: I know.
JL: Here you are, you have this little
tiny ass on the big screen.... [LAUGHTER] Whereas Dennis Franz, my good friend,
has this big ass on the little screen. It seems like it should be.... [LAUGHTER]
DD: Everything balances out my friend.
JL: It all does balance out.
DD: The thing about my ass being in the
movie ..... [CHEERS AND APPLAUSE] How shameless is this whole appearance?
We go from my front to my back. [FEMALE CROWD MEMBERS SCREAM] We're never
going to leave my belt area. I'm going to have to get out of here.
JL: All right...go ahead. What we're
you going to say?
DD: But my ass was cut. And the problem
is, it's a scary movie, but my 40-foot ass was too scary. [LAUGHTER]
It was like, everybody was scared. It was a wonderful movie. And then people
ran screaming. [LAUGHTER] So it was just a little too much for the kids at
home. If you have never seen it, if you think you have a tiny ass, wait until
it is inflated to 40 feed. [LAUGHTER]
JL: Well, let me ask, was there any part
where you worried seriously about taking this from the small screen to the
big screen. Because it is tricky.
DD: I wasn't. But I think I might have
made a mistake at one point. When we first started shooting, like the first
week, I thought...we have been doing the TV show for five years. We know
how to do it. We just do our characters and people are going to watch the
TV show. They're going to watch the movie. You don't have to change your
acting style from TV to film. And, then, it was a huge error. I actually
brought some early rushes from the first week of shooting to show the kind
of mistake that I made in making the transition from TV to film. If you have
JL: You have it? Yeah, okay. What is
this we're going to see?
DD: It's just a scene where I'm talking
to the syndicate. And it's a huge error on my part. And I'd like to share
it with you.
JL: All right. Go ahead. Let's take a
[SCENE BEGINS -- DD is really small standing on a table while the syndicate
members are talking and not noticing him...]
DD: Hello! Hello! Hello! Hey!! Yes, Down
here!! Excuse me!!
DD: My name is Fox Mulder, I'm with the
Federal Bureau of Investigation. Down HERE!!
JL: You're much smaller in this scene.
DD: You see. You know, people talk about
movie stars being bigger than life and everything, like that. And, you know,
when you bring it from TV you have to be careful. You got to inflate yourself.
Not only your ass should be 40 feet, but everything else. [CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]
JL: I love the episode you did where
you had no arms. You know?
DD: Well, thank you.
JL: And you're fully recovered by the
next week. I always like that. [LAUGHTER]
DD: That's true. Yeah.
JL: You get old and then, 'Whew, thank
God that went away.'
DD: Yeah, we never talk about that. 'Remember
when I had no arms. That was funny.' [LAUGHTER] No, what happened was, it
was kind of a virtual reality sequence. And I wak up and my arms have been
burned and amputated. And I wake up and I see this. And it's shocking. And
I'm screaming. And then Scully, played by Gillian comes in, and does
this...like...we call her the 'fembots,' you know from 'Austin Powers.' She
does this thing where she karate's all of these guys. And the driector comes
over to me, Rob Bowman, and he says, 'You are not paying enought attention
to Gillian. She's fighting incredibly.' And I said, 'I have no arms!' [LAUGHTER]
I said, 'I wake up, and I have no arms.' I'm like, 'I HAVE NO ARMS!!!!' 'Oh,
wow, look at her fight." [LAUGHTER] 'BUT I HAVE NO ARMS!' 'Hey, nice kick.'
"BUT NO ARMS!!" You know i was like, "It's like you want something like that,
we'll go back...' [DAVID MOCKS KARATE YELLS] [LAUGHTER] It's like that the
whole time. So that's the kind of.... [LAUGHTER] subtle kind of transitions
that we like to make on the show. [LAUGHTER]
JL: Now do you have an actual.... you
have an actual clip from the film.
DD: An actual
JL: That wasn't an actual clip?
JL: But see, I love the syndicate. I
love Smoking man. I love all the creepy...
JL: You do wonderful casting on the show.
People are so odd and suspicious looking.
DD: Mostly from Vancouver, in Canada,
yeah. [LAUGHTER] No, no, I didn't mean it that way. [LAUGHTER] That they
are good actors, not that they're odd or anything.
JL: What is this scene here?
DD: This is a scene where some bad things
happen to me. I decided to get a drink and talk to the barmade here played
by Glen Hedley.
DD: So, what do you do?
DD: What do I do?
Mulder: I'm the key figure in an ongoing
government charade, a plot to conceal the truth about the existence of
extraterestrials. It's a global conspiracy, actually, with key players in
the highest levels of power. It reaches down into the lives of every man,
woman and child on this planet. So of course, no one believes me. I'm an
annoyance to my superiours, a joke to my peers. They call me 'Spooky.' 'Spooky'
Mulder, whose sister was abducted by aliens when he was just a kid. And now
he chases after little green ment with a badge and a gun, just shouting for
the heavens or anyone that will listen that the fix is in, that the sky is
Barmaid: Well, I would say, that about
does it, 'Spooky.'
[SCENE ENDS] [CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]
JL: Of course, I know you have to...
DD: Much bigger.
JL: Are you off to the premiere?
DD: Yeah, I haven't seen the movie. You
have seen it because that's how hip you are. You saw the movie before me.
JL: That's right.
DD: And I have to go. I can't sit on
this comfy couch.
JL: You have the premiere tonight.
DD: I have the premiere tonight. Right
now. I'm running away.
JL: That's a beautiful tuxedo by the
way. All right. Thanks to David Duchovny. [CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]