Fans of The X-Files aren't casual fans. Few could forget that Scully's pet name is "Starbuck." Few don't know that the episode "Teso Dos Bichos" was dubbed "Teso Dos Bitches" by the cast and crew, who universally hated it. Fewer still don't know that the cigarettes chain-smoked by the Cigarette Smoking Man were entirely herbal, at the request of actor William B. Davis. These are the kinds of fans who soak up trivia like Season Three's Virgil Incanto sucked out his victims' fatty tissue. That is to say, with vigor.
So, we'd be surprised if there were much truly surprising information for super-fans in Entertainment Weekly's new interview with Gillian Anderson, David Duchovny, and the show's creator, Chris Carter. The rest of the world, however, could use it as a helpful introduction to one of the most innovative and influential sci-fi series in the history of television. With that in mind, we've carefully extracted, like a vial of black oil, the most salient lines from the feature. The truth is out there, yes, but also below:
Carter on Anderson's pilot audition:
"Gillian looked like a street urchin but had a seriousness and gravity about her."
Anderson on her on-screen chemistry with Duchovny:
"It was always there, through months of winter and rain, through times of enjoying each other and not necessarily enjoying each other so much."
Duchovny on Mulder's odd tics:
"Mulder's porn habit came from [writers Glen] Morgan and [James] Wong. The sunflower seeds came from Chris. We did less sunflower eating as the years when on. It's hard to act with sunflower seeds."
Wong on the power of viewer input:
"I remember have a show air, then going online and interacting with fans. They inspired us. For instance, people were hating Scully because she didn't believe anything Mulder said. That caused Glen and I to write 'Beyond the Sea,' in which they switched roles."
Anderson on Scully's balls:
"I remember thinking, 'I'm not sure if I have the balls to pretend that I have the same balls as her.'"
Carter on how he wanted to use Anderson's real-life pregnancy on the show:
"My first impulse was 'Let's make it an alien baby.'"
Carter on the show's raison d'etre:
"[The] show was really about the search for God."