DAVID LETTERMAN: Our first guest tonight
is the star of the hugely popular television program, "The X-Files," and
on Friday, a motion picture version of that very show opens in theatres
nationwide. Please welcome the always entertaining, David Duchovny. (Lots
of screaming. Hes wearing a blue suit with a seventies green shirt.Band
plays "Cuts like a Knife.")
LETTERMAN: Welcome back to the show.
DD: Its nice to see you.
LETTERMAN: Its pretty exciting
for you. Friday the big film opens up, and youve got the summer right
ahead of you. It must be a nice feeling, huh?
DD: Well, yeah. Its
its kind of unprecedented for a TV show to become a movie.
LETTERMAN: Well, we were talking about
that this afternoon, and its happened in a couple of cases, but I
dont think it happens often certainly.
DD: Well, I think it happened with "The
Beverly Hillbillies." (Laughter.)
LETTERMAN: But that was after
they had gone off the air.
DD: No, actually
it happened while
they were on the air.
LETTERMAN: Is that right? I didnt
DD: It happened with the "Munsters."
LETTERMAN: Mmm-hmm. I didnt know
that either. Well, was that after they went off the air?
DD: That was while they were on the air.
LETTERMAN: Wow. I know it happened with
"Beavis and Butthead."
DD: Thats true.
LETTERMAN: They had a film while they
were still on the air. (Laughter.)
LETTERMAN: But it doesnt happen
DD: Well, it doesnt happen often
for a drama
on Fox. (Laughter.)
LETTERMAN: Now this is probably a dumb
question, but youve seen the show. (Laughter.)
is it the same
group of people that do the television show that do the film? Is it the
I mean, you see the same faces, you work with the same people?
DD: Pretty much the same, although the
movie is a lot bigger. The movie is a movie. I mean the explosiveness of
the TV show is just
its made rectangular, if you can imagine
LETTERMAN: Now, were you worried?
DD: But I just have to say in all honesty,
its the first time in my show business career, which goes back .. with
you spanning, I dont know how many, 40 years? (Laughter.)
LETTERMAN: Yeah, I would think so. Sure,
the 50s, yeah.
DD: Back to the 50s, where Ive
been involved in a project where its turned out better than I thought
LETTERMAN: Oh, thats pretty good.
DD: Im honestly so pleased with
this film, and I want you all to see it, because its
LETTERMAN: Well, you couldnt get
a better endorsement than the guy who stars in the film. (Cheers and applause.)
DD: No, I
I would sell the movie
even if it stunk
but Im selling it honestly
right now. Im telling you that
LETTERMAN: Im going to believe
you, is that all right?
LETTERMAN: I dont want to look
like a fool later. I believe you.
DD: It didnt look like you believed
LETTERMAN: No, I do believe you.
DD: I had to sell you.
LETTERMAN: Now were you worried in the
beginning that " Oh its a great television show, does that necessarily
mean it would be a great movie?" Were you worried about it kind of living
up to the big screen?
DD: Sure, sure. You know, you have a
success and you dont want to ruin it by having a worldwide failure.
LETTERMAN: Which did you prefer doing
more, the TV show or the film? Its the same, isnt it really?
DD: Its very much the same for
me as an actor. Its different for the technical people. I would love
it if it became a movie franchise and it would free me up to have my years
off to do other things.
LETTERMAN: So you would rather do just
like an occasional "X-Files" movie, and not necessarily the TV show.
DD: Thats like saying, "Would you
rather work two days a week or would you rather work seven days a week?"
Ill have to get back
to you on that. (laughter) Im not really sure.
LETTERMAN: Now, would the show continue
without you? Would they get another "X-Filer" in there while you did the
DD: (laugh) I dont know. That would
that would be embarrassing.
LETTERMAN: Have you talked this over?
Have you talked this over with the people?
DD: Yeah. I mean, they all know my feelings.
They dont care. (Laughter.)
DD: Honestly, they dont.
LETTERMAN: This sounds like a story out
of my life.
DD: Youre involved in a huge
money-making machine; your wishes dont count.
LETTERMAN: Dont count, no. But
Ill bet that if you left the show, the thing would just go to Hell,
because, you know, after all, its still Fox, for Gods sakes.
LETTERMAN: And theyd better be
taking care of you, my friend. Theyd better. I hope you have
representation. I hope theyre taking care of you.
DD: Lets just say that this little
clip of videotape will be used in my renegotiation.
LETTERMAN: All right. Well, believe me,
Ill help if I can. I havent been able to do any good for me,
DD: Ill go to bat for you.
LETTERMAN: Now in the film, was it a
lot of special effects, of not a lot of special effects?
DD: Theres more special effects
than we use in the TV show.
LETTERMAN: That makes it harder on the
actor, doesnt it?
DD: It does. Its more boring for
an actor to work with green screens and things that arent really there.
But we worked with bees. If you watch the TV show, theres a lot of
theres occasionally bees on the show
LETTERMAN: And these are actual
DD: Actual bees.
LETTERMAN: Bzzz. Honey bees.
DD: I dont know. What youll
see in the movie are mostly computer generated bees, because apparently real
bees dont look real
. enough. (Laughter)
LETTERMAN: They dont photograph?
Actual bees dont photograph?
DD: Something happens to them They just
they just dont bring
. come to life on the
LETTERMAN: Invisible bees. But it must
be difficult to work with real bees.
DD: There was thousands of actual bees
during the filming, and, you know, theyre not like trainable animals.
DD: You dont see like Stupid Bee
DD: Theyre like
like lions with wings, you know? Its dangerous.
LETTERMAN: Theyre dangerous. They
DD: Theyre tiny little lions with
DD: And uh
So were working
with these, and they confused them by taking away the queen.
LETTERMAN: Oh, that does something, because
the queen is the leader for the swarm, is that right?
DD: Well, not so much the leader, but
they will try to protect the Queen.
LETTERMAN: Oh, I see.
DD: So if theres a Queen, they
will be very aggressive and protective of human beings that are around her.
And so if they remove the Queen,
. they put her in a nice trailer on
the Fox lot. (Laughter.)
DD: She kicks up her little legs, you
DD: She takes her fur off. Theyre
bumblebees. So they become confused, and they dont attack quite so
LETTERMAN: Right, right. Did you get
DD: No, I didnt get stung. Gillian
and I were running through, you know, five, ten, 15, 20 times, and finally
at around 3:30, one of the producers Dan Sackheim, came up to me and said,
"Im going to have to force you tomorrow," which means that I dont
get my normal 12 hours off in between finishing work and coming back to work.
And I said, "Why? I like
you know, I like my time off."
DD: And he said, "Well, the bees have
to wrap by 4:00." (Laughter.)
LETTERMAN: See, this is wrong. Something
is desperately wrong.
And I wish I was
making this up. I really do.
. bees are getting
better treatment and first consideration over the star of the film.
DD: This was my response. I said, "The
bees have to wrap by 4:00?"
LETTERMAN: Yeah, exactly.
DD: And they said, " Well, as the sun
starts to go down, the bees start to get cranky."
LETTERMAN: Oh! Oh!
DD: "Queen or no."
DD: And I said " You think those bees
get cranky?" (Laughter.)
DD: So actually, what happened was in
the end I changed representation. Now the bees agent represents me.
(Laughter and applause.)
LETTERMAN: Yeah. Heres how you
heres how you ought to be handling those bees. Something
like this, just
(LETTERMAN whaps the table with a paper, audience
LETTERMAN: Ladies and Gentlemen, well
be right back here with Mr. "X-Files" David Duchovny. (Commercial.)
LETTERMAN: David Duchovny is here, Stevie
Nicks. I asked you during the commercial how long youve been married.
And its a year and a half or so? 14 months, something like that?
DD: Yeah, yeah. 14 months.
LETTERMAN: Its working out pretty
well for you?
DD: Yeah, it is. Its kind of in
a groove, now which is nice.
LETTERMAN: What does that mean?
Everythings easy? Everything comes
everythings quite healthy?
DD: Well, at first, its just, you
know, you get
everybody just wants to know whats it like being
which is I guess what youre
asking right now.
LETTERMAN: Thats what I was saying,
DD: Yeah. But you know, and then eventually
people start to accept the fact that you really are married and they stop
asking that question.
LETTERMAN: Your wife is a well-known
actress in a big blockbuster summer film.
DD: Yeah, yeah. Yeah, she is.
LETTERMAN: Do the folks know who this
is? DD Oh, Téa Leoni. is my wife, yeah. (Cheers and applause.)
LETTERMAN: Yeah. she was in the, the
"Deep Impact," whatever its called.
DD: Yeah. Well, in Italian, its
"Impacto Profundo." (Laughter.)
LETTERMAN: Thats lovely, isnt
it. "Impacto Profundo." (Laughter.)
DD: Isnt that better? I just love
LETTERMAN: Thats a huge film, a
huge success, isnt it?
DD: Got a profound impact.
LETTERMAN: Yeah. (Laughter) And there
is like, a little rivalry because now your summer blockbuster is coming out,
and hers already, you know, made 130 and climbing
. 130 million.
LETTERMAN: Is that cause
silly, though, to worry about stuff like that, isnt it?
DD: Yeah. No no, I mean I think people
got another spare eight bucks to spend on our movie, Im hoping.
LETTERMAN: Mmm-hmm. Yeah.
DD: The one problem is that, you know,
we come to New York and hang out with her in-laws a bit, and
LETTERMAN: Now you say a problem. You
identified that as one problem.
DD: Well, Im identifying it as
a problem only because of what Im going to do right now, which is
this is a hat that my mother-in-law has made. (Pulls out this huge white
floppy cloth hat with a black electrical tape X and what looks like a miniature
beehive on the brim and puts it on his head. Laughter.)
LETTERMAN: Oh, theyre Amish.
DD: Now Ive made it the official
"X-Files" hat. I mean, thats
so you can actually
was made by Emily, my mother-in-law, and you could
its a sun
hat that you can tell. (DD, does a model pose, laugh)
LETTERMAN: Yeah, is it
LETTERMAN: And for your mother-in-law,
is it a hobby or is it therapy? (Laughter.)
DD: Shes actually making these
hats to sell.
LETTERMAN: (Cracks up.)
DD: And I think
LETTERMAN: Its a beauty. (laughter)
DD: Thank you. Would you like to try
LETTERMAN: Oh, yeah. Ill try it
on, sure. I hope it fits. (It is huge.) I hope I dont look ridiculous.
LETTERMAN: There you go. And Ill
tell you, its from the "X-Files" beekeeper edition. (laughter) Its
a collection of bee-keeping items. Well thats very thoughtful, and
its functional, absolutely functional, and you got to
DD: Well, you know it folds up.
LETTERMAN: Oh, I didnt realize
you got to fold it up
DD: Fold it up. I dont know how
to fold it up.
LETTERMAN: I dont want to
Does it fold up of does it wad up? Two completely different techniques there
DD: I wouldnt know how to begin
to answer that question.
LETTERMAN: Well, thats sweet that
theyre thinking of you though.
DD: Isnt it?
LETTERMAN: Yeah. Lets show the
folks a couple of seconds from the film.
DD: Yeah, yeah.
LETTERMAN: Do you know what were
going to see here?
DD: Yeah, I think were not running
from bees in this one, although we should have been. Were running through
corm fields in this one. Yeah, this is a little taste of the big action.
LETTERMAN: This is you and your co-star,
DD: Gillian Anderson, right.
LETTERMAN: She was here a couple of weeks
LETTERMAN: Shes nice.
DD: Yeah, very nice.
LETTERMAN: Lovely woman.
DD: Lovely woman.
LETTERMAN: Is she married, that woman?
DD: No, shes not.
LETTERMAN: Really? Attractive. (Laughter.)
DD: Yeah, I mean
you know, I can
get her number for you if you want.
LETTERMAN: Really? (Laughter.)
LETTERMAN: It wouldnt kill you,
DD: Yeah. (Laughter.)
LETTERMAN: Be a sport.
DD: I will. Im sporting.
LETTERMAN: Yeah. All right. See what
LETTERMAN: Be like calling that newspaper
in Louisiana. (laughter) Doesnt seem to be working. What happened there?
All right, so its
here is David Duchovny in a field. Its
a scene from the
DD: Were being chased by the bad
LETTERMAN: Here you go, "X-Files," opening
DD: Yeah. (MULDER and SCULLY being chased
through the cornfield, longer than usual.) MULDER: Talk to me, Scully!!!
(Cheers and applause.)
LETTERMAN: There you go, there you go.
wow. (Cheers and applause.) And that was shot in Bakersfield, California.
DD: Let me just say that Im very
proud of my acting in that clip. (laughter) I thought I ran well. (laughter)
I thought that
LETTERMAN: You were doing some crouching.
I thought that was first-class crouching.
DD: Thank you. I thought I crouched
LETTERMAN: Yeah. It wasnt squatting;
it was crouching.
DD: All I can say is that is not
representative of the film in any way. (Laughter.)
DD: Its so hard to bring a clip
that doesnt give away too much, but thats just an idea that
its bigger than the TV show.
LETTERMAN: What I like is its
reminiscent of that scene from "North by Northwest" Hitchcock film.
DD: Reminiscent is a kind word.
LETTERMAN: Yeah, and
which was also shot
I think, in the cornfields near Bakersfield.
DD: Was it?
LETTERMAN: In the same location.
DD: I didnt know that.
LETTERMAN: I think pretty much the same
DD: Yeah, thats very possible.
LETTERMAN: Yeah, yeah..
LETTERMAN: And are there other little
things like that on the film?
DD: I .. I think there are, but Im
so ignorant that I dont
LETTERMAN: No, youre not. Come
DD: I dont know
LETTERMAN: Come on, put the hat on. Put
the hat on! Here we go. (DD puts on hat again. Laughter.)
LETTERMAN: Ladies and Gentleman, Mr.
"X-Files," David Duchovny. Well be right back with Stevie Nicks. (Cheers