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First, for those of you who've always dreamed of seeing Mulder and Scully in bed together:
That photo is the proof, from their Reddit AMA ("Ask Me Anything"), one of three stops the stars of "The X-Files" made this weekend as the show celebrates its 20th anniversary (they also did panels at the Paley Center for Media and New York Comic Con). There were plenty of joke answers ("I went through puberty" in Season 1, said David Duchovny), but he and Gillian Anderson were definitely serious about doing a third movie.
From Duchovny: "I think Chris [Carter, "X-Files" creator] is working on a script. Chris is shooting a pilot right now, so he might not be working on a script, but he claims to be working on a script, and if he does do that and Fox wants to make it ... Gillian will do it, I will do it, so start your writing campaign now. Seriously. We'd all love to do it. The ball is in Fox's hands. And not Fox Mulder, Fox the studio."
As to what the movie will be about? Fans tend to favor either the "monster of the week" episodes — where some new supernatural thing is introduced and dispatched — or "mythology" episodes involving the show's backstory (mostly aliens and the government conspiracy around them). Since the script isn't done, nobody knows which it'll be, but Anderson is hoping for a monster story, and Duchovny thinks, "It's gotta be alien."
When asked about favorite episodes, Duchovny said, "Gillian loves 'Bad Blood.' I do like 'Post-Modern Prometheus,' we all love Jose Chung, we love 'Small Potatoes,' we love all the funny ones; we're easy that way." Anderson's reply? "And David loves everything he directed. That was a joke. Everything Chris directed. 'Triangle' turned out so good."
Though they wouldn't come straight out and name a least-favorite episode, the pair had some unpleasant memories of Season 3's "Teso Dos Bichos" — which featured murderous kitty cats.
Duchovny recalls "pages and pages of notes from the writer, because there was a scene where the guy comes in and tell us the dog was killed [...] and we were supposed to have some kind of emotional reaction to a dog dying that we didn't know. Kim [Manners, the director] came over and it said something like, 'The agents should react appropriately to Fluffy's death, Fluffy was a beloved dog,' and we had never met Fluffy, we hadn't even met the guy who owned Fluffy, and we were supposed to weep." Which led to this unused take (at the 6:48 mark):
Anderson had it even worse. "They had made up a cat on a stick that had movable arms and legs, but I'm allergic to cats, so they made it out of rabbit fur instead. The fur kept coming off and sticking to my lipstick, and I was peeing my pants laughing. So we were either cutting because I couldn't keep a straight face, or we had to keep reapplying my lipstick because the fur kept sticking to my face." Here, Duchovny faces off against the terror of a cat puppet on a stick (at the 8:34 mark).
Their kids aren't into "The X-Files" (though Duchovny's son likes the pinball game); Anderson hasn't seen any of the raunchy fan fiction written about them, though Nick Lea (who played Krycek on the show) exposed Duchovny to it; Anderson would definitely be the first to go in a zombie apocalypse; neither was aware that streets in Ottowa had been named after their characters ("That's the only time Mulder and Scully officially intersected!" crowed Duchovny); and both think it's likely there are aliens out there, though if we have been visited, Duchovny thinks they may not have been the best and brightest.
And for those animal lovers who lamented the fate of Scully's dog, Queequeg, take heart — Anderson said he got what he deserved. "That dog killed people with its farts, and it deserved to die a nasty death in the mouth of that alligator or whatever it was. Ugh. I had to shampoo it, or walk away every few seconds, because these puffs of nastiness kept happening."
"Puffs of Nastiness should be your band name," offered Duchovny.
At the Paley Center for Media, the AP reports that Duchovny reiterated his, Anderson's, and Carter's interest in a third film, saying, "it's really up to Twentieth Century Fox at this point."
He also addressed the red Speedo — which he wore in only one episode (Season 2's "Duane Barry") but which spawned a thousand fan appreciation sites. Carter asked him to don trunks and Duchovny balked. "I said nobody swims in board shorts," so he provided his own swimwear. "I have regretted it ever since."
And he revealed that Mulder and Scully were married in the second film, "The X Files: I Want to Believe." Anderson's reply, "Were we actually married?" suggests he may have been reaching a bit, but we'll have to wait for that third movie to be sure.
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Lastly, at New York Comic Con, Vulture has the story of Miguel Acuna, who used the panel's Q&A for his own marital ambitions. "What I got from the show was how important it is to have a really good partner," began Acuna before asking Duchovny and Anderson's blessing and proposing to his girlfriend, Morgan Childs. Childs, a 20-year fan who has an "X-Files" tattoo, obviously accepted. "Let's wish Miguel and Morgan a long and happy life!" said Duchovny as he and Anderson brought the couple onstage for hugs in front of a cheering audience. The truth isn't the only thing out there; so is the love.