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David Duchovny is not quite the man next door

From The Sunday Times: The X Files star’s new movie The Joneses sees him as a man who has it all. Real-life however, is not so straightforward

David Duchovny, Hollywood star, husband and father of two, is in the throes of a new relationship — and, to tell the truth, which he usually does, it has left him with mixed feelings. On the one hand, his new setup makes perfect sense, especially given his occasionally nomadic lifestyle. And, of course, we all have to move on and can’t live in the past. But he is something of a traditionalist and doesn’t enjoy leaving loved ones behind. Yes, like many, Duchovny is facing up to one of mankind’s great questions: just how do we feel about the Kindle?

“I travel quite a bit, and being able to throw this little thing in my backpack so I can take my entire library with me is unbeliev able,” reflects the 49-year-old actor, pondering his handheld vehicle for digital books. And yet paper is a good technology, I suggest. “I know,” he sighs, “I don’t like the idea of reading a book on a screen. But I tend to be a reference reader, flicking back and forth, so it really is useful.”

For all the success of the now-iconic The X Files, the more recent Californication and a clutch of films, Duchovny maintains a sincerely deep level of interest in literature, kindled during his youth. He began his doctorate in comparative literature at Yale in the early 1980s (one of his tutors was the eminent critic Harold Bloom), but his thesis — on magic and technology in contemporary American fiction — remains uncompleted. “My career started, so I couldn’t afford the time to finish it, but I do retain an academic interest in literature.”

There are few actors in Hollywood who profess an academic interest in anything, never mind literature, but Duchovny is cut from a distinctive cloth. Many actors display a ready wit and intelligence, but few have his candour, or the likeable nonchalance that imbues so many of his performances and makes his characters men you’d genuinely like to hang out with. He seems pitched somewhere between his two television characters — more relaxed than The X Files’ Mulder, more together than Californication’s troubled novelist, Hank Moody. He likes to shoot the breeze — he can’t cook, for example, although he does make a good sandwich. “And breakfast,” he adds with a pause. “Sandwiches can also be good for breakfast.”


Q&A Actor David Duchovny

From Time Magazine: Even as he appears to be the most laid-back guy in the room, there’s a lot going on for David Duchovny, who is shooting a new season of cable hit Californication and starring alongside Demi Moore as the fake head of an artificial household in a movie about stealth marketing in The Joneses. Duchovny spoke with TIME about gadgets, his greatest golf shot ever and annoying X-Files pitches.

The Joneses is all about commercialism. You’ve made your share of commercials. Anything from the early-struggling-actor days?

They used to pay well. They could get you through the lean months. I did a couple of beer commercials. I did a vitamin commercial and a lottery commercial. When I started getting notoriety it was cheesy to appear in a commercial. Everyone was saying, “I have to get a commercial in Japan.” It was okay to appear on camera in Japan. But not in America. But that’s changing. Like with Luke Wilson and Catherine Zeta Jones. Seinfeld did the credit card one. It’s a sign of the changing times and I don’t think it’s an aberration. I think you’ll see more familiar people doing these.

So are you thinking about it? You do voice-overs for Pedigree dog food, but what what would you push onscreen if you had to push a product?

I’m not thinking about it. I’m not grabbing at the money. My kids are fine. We’re okay. It’s not something I think about. At one time there were voiceover artists, now there are celebrity voiceover artists. It’s unfortunate because these people need the money less than the voiceover artist. Commercials were traditionally a way for actors to support themselves to work on stage, movies or television.

You say in the film that whoever has the most toys when they die wins. Sounds good to me. Do you subscribe to that?

Not at all, I’m about three years behind the curve usually. I do have a Kindle, so maybe it’s only about six months behind the curve.

Do you have any tech obsessions?

No, I’m a luddite. I like my computer. But I don’t know how to use it as well as the 10-year-old daughter. I guess I like watches, but that’s kind of a 19th century obsession.

Really, how many watches?

I think I have two good ones.


Duchovny on squeezing movies in around Californication

From The Orlando Sentinel: I talked with David Duchovny about his new movie, The Joneses, and focused on his relationship to the film’s satiric warning about the dangers of marketing and a consumerist lifestyle for the print version of that story.

But that didn’t leave room for him talking about his zeitgeist-tackling cable series, Californication, or his future plans or what car one should drive to Be Like Dave. So that part of our talk is below.

“I am so (s%^$$&) at the zeitgeist,” Duchovny says. “I didn’t see The X-Files coming. I didn’t Californication catching on.

“I thought a couple of movies I’d done were going to be huge hits and they weren’t. I’m really bad at that. I consider myself a smart guy, and yet I have no clue if something I’m doing is going to catch on.

“I realized, at some point, that there is no repeating of that X-Files thing. It’s luck. It’s Avatar, the planets aligning. I’m not going to try and top that.

“When I got off the show, I was thinking, ‘How am I going to top it?’ Then I realized that wasn’t going to happen.I said ‘No more TV’ Fine. But cable started doing these great niche shows – Sex and the City, The Sopranos – that were giving you more creative freedom than you get on broadcast TV or the movies.


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Another X-Files movie?

“X-Files : I Want to Believe” didn’t make much of a dint at the box office – probably just as well it didn’t cost an arm-and-a-leg to make.

FOX chairman Tom Rothman told IESB today that, despite the lackluster performance of the latter, there’s still the possibility of another – and he’s leaving it up to the cast and crew as to whether they’d like to see that happen.

‘It’s really up to Chris [Carter], David [Duchovny] and Gillian [Anderson]

Rothman tells the site.

‘X-Files: I Want to Believe’ Blu-ray Due December

Fox has announced an early-December Blu-ray arrival for ‘X-Files: I Want to Believe,’ which will come to high-def as the studio’s first title with BD-Live interactivity.

The follow-up to 1998’s first big-screen ‘X-Files’ film ‘Fight the Future,’ ‘I Want to Believe’ arrived in theaters this past summer over six years after the end of the television series. Again re-teaming David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson as agents Mulder and Sculley, ‘I Want to Believe’ failed to ignite in theaters, grossing less than $25 million domestically.

Hoping to give the Chris Carter-directed thriller a second shot on video, Fox will debut the Blu-ray with multiple exclusives and Digital Copy on December 2, day-and-date with the standard DVD.

Complete supplements have not yet been revealed, but exclusive content confirmed so far includes a picture-in-picture (Bonus View) in-movie experience (featuring video commentary with cast & crew, behind-the-scenes footage and storyboards and concept art), an isolated score track and D-Box enhancement.

And in a first for the studio, the Blu-ray will include the BD-Live feature “The X-Files Dossier: Agent Dakota Whitney Files,” allowing users to search the files of the film’s characters.

Additional content shared between the Blu-ray and DVD include audio commentary by Carter and producer Frank Spotnitz, the “Trust No One: Can The X-Files Remain A Secret?” documentary, a pair of featurettes (“Body Parts: Special Make-up Effects,” “Chris Carter: Statements on Green Production”), deleted scenes, gag reel, still galleries, a music slideshow, theatrical trailers and a Digital Copy of the film.

Tech specs for the Blu-ray will see both the theatrical and unrated cuts of the film presented on a BD-50 dual-layer disc with 1080p/AVC MPEG-4 video and English DTS-HD Lossless Master Audio 5.1 Surround.

Suggested retail price for the Blu-ray has been set at $39.98.


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