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X-Files Star David Duchovny Admits He Never Cared Much About UFOs

X-Files star David Duchovny makes the shocking admission that, despite playing the UFO obsessive Fox Mulder, he never cared all that much about UFOs.


The X-Files star David Duchovny admits that he never cared that much about UFOs. Duchovny became a massive TV star playing the UFO-obsessed FBI agent Fox Mulder for the better part of 11 seasons on Fox Network’s The X-Files, pairing for the most part with Gillian Anderson’s Dana Scully. Before it was over, Duchovny’s run as Mulder would also include a pair of theatrically-released X-Files feature films.


Given the types of stories told by The X-Files, stories often involving government cover-ups, conspiracy theories and other mysterious goings-on, it should come as no surprise that the series attracted the attention of a lot of fans with their own interesting obsessions.

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But it may come as some surprise that Duchovny himself never shared fans’ obsessive fascination with the mysteries the show tackled on a weekly basis, and indeed, was never anything like his character Fox Mulder when it came to being fascinated by the subjects of UFOs and alien encounters. Appearing on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Duchovny addressed recent news stories about UFOs and admitted he’s totally out of the loop:

“I’m so out of it and so old really that, I was doing an interview and somebody was asking me about UFOs, and they said something about this new UFO cache or whatever, and does anybody DM you? And I was like, “Oh DMUs, is that what they call UFOs now? DMUs? I haven’t heard of this DMU. What does that stand for, DMU? Demilitarized Unidentified?” … I never did really [pay attention to UFOs]. I just got the scripts and I did my best.”

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The X-Files Left A Lasting Legacy On TV

David Duchovny as Fox Mulder in The X-Files

Duchovny surely never could have predicted when he originally took the role of Fox Mulder that three decades later he would still be talking about the character and his UFO obsession. But The X-Files has indeed left that kind of lasting legacy, continuing to influence the television scene to this day. One could in fact argue that popular mystery-laden shows like Lost, Fringe, The Leftovers and Severance would never have existed without The X-Files coming first. The influence of The X-Files can also strongly be felt in a show like Evil, which itself deals with ongoing paranormal investigation and the line between fact and belief. And Stranger Things, a show all about government conspiracies, secret labs and paranormal goings-on, certainly owes a lot to The X-Files as well.

Will Mulder and Scully Ever Return?

David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson on The X-Files looking at a book with intrigue

Given continued public fascination with all things alien-related, a fascination that apparently makes its way back to Fox Mulder actor Duchovny through occasional weird questions he can’t answer, it seems interest in The X-Files will itself never die. But it’s now been five years since the last X-Files revival in 2018, and it’s fair to wonder if Mulder and Scully will ever again make their way back to screens. For her part, Scully actor Anderson has indicated that she’s not interested in revisiting The X-Files, telling Variety it’s “very much in the past” and alluding to issues that she had with the show’s writing.

And Duchovny for his part has echoed some of Anderson’s sentiments, questioning recently whether there’s any point in continuing with The X-Files. “There’s not a world where we just come back and do it the way we did before because the world has changed,” the actor told The Discourse podcast late last year. Duchovny certainly would not return to the show out of any interest in UFOs, because as he’s now revealed, he doesn’t really care that much about the alleged phenomenon that so fascinates The X-Files fans.

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Source: Jimmy Kimmel Live!

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