Having spent the better part of a decade as UFO-chasing FBI agent Fox Mulder on The X-Files, David Duchovny was hesitant about playing another alien-buster in the big-screen comedy Evolution (opening today).
The actor says he jumped at the chance to re-team with director Ivan Reitman (with whom he made his first comedic foray in Beethoven). But his heart sank when he realized the script centered on aliens a subject he felt he'd already covered more than thoroughly. "It was such a weird coincidence, because Ivan doesn't watch The X-Files and doesn't even know what it's about," chuckles Duchovny. "The fact that there are aliens in this movie is just a pain in the ass."
After mulling over the dilemma with his wife, actress Téa Leoni, Duchovny concluded that the benefits of working with Reitman outweighed the drawbacks of another close encounter with extraterrestrials. And actually, he says his former X-Files alter ego never even entered his mind while working on Evolution. "I never thought to myself, 'Does this sound too much like Mulder?'" he insists. "I'm glad I didn't, because it would have been hell."