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10 Things You Didn’t Know About… The X-Files
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#hmvRetroTV: 10 Things You Didn’t Know About… The X-Files

After 14 years off TV screens and eight years since the last time it hit the screen the big screen, all-conquering sci-fi drama The X-Files returned for a special six-episode event series earlier this year. 

To celebrate its return and the release of the new series on DVD (you can purchase it on the right-hand side of the page), we had a dig through the archives came up with 10 things you probably didn't know about the series...

 

 

The theme tune was a total fluke…

Lots of musicians will tell you that their best moments come from a mistake or a happy accident, but in the case of The X-Files’ iconic theme tune, it couldn’t not be more true. Composer Mark Snow was working away and accidentally rested his elbow on the keyboard with the echo function on, he liked the resulting sound so much he built the whole tune around it...

 

And it almost got to Number One in the UK charts…

Such was the popularity of The X-Files and the theme tune that when it was released as a single back in 1996 it actually reached Number Two in the UK Singles Chart. Only The Prodigy’s mega hit ‘Firestarter’ stopped it hitting the top spot…

 

Bruce Campbell could have been Fox Mulder…

Much as it’s hard to picture anyone other than Duchovny as Fox Mulder, he wasn’t the only actor considered; future Superman Dean Cain, Stand and Deliver star Lou Diamond Phillips and, most notably, Evil Dead mainman Bruce Campbell, were all considered for the role before producers settled on Duchovny.

 

Chris Carter stuck his neck out for an unknown Gillian Anderson…

Gillian Anderson was just 24 years old when she was first cast as Agent Dana Scully and her experience was extremely limited, to the extent that filming the show’s pilot episode was only the second time she’d ever been on camera. In the years since the show has wrapped, both Carter and Anderson have admitted that he had to fight very hard to secure her the role with executives apparently pushing for someone more in the Pamela Anderson mode. He definitely made the right call...

 

Anderson needed a box for most of her scenes…

From the moment the show started broadcasting it was obvious that Anderson and Duchovny had been cast perfectly, but there was just one problem: height. Duchovny was a full foot taller than Anderson, making any tight shot of the pair of them together a nightmare to pull off. The crew’s solution? A box. A box on which Anderson stood every time the pair were up close and personal. Sometimes the simplest solutions are the best.

 

The X-Files stopped her playing Clarice Starling...

One of the frequent comparisons that was made to Anderson’s Scully was Jodie Foster’s portrayal of Clarice Starling in Silence Of The Lambs, but ironically it was her role as Scully that stopped Anderson from taking on that very part.

When it came to casting for the sequel to The Silence Of The Lambs and Foster opted not to return producers immediately decided on Anderson as someone they’d like to speak to, but, as it turned out, she had a clause in her contract that prevented her from playing another FBI agent and the role ended up going to Julianne Moore...

 

One iconic scene required over 7,000 litres of burgundy paint…

The finale of the show’s second season was set in the barren landscapes of New Mexico, no big deal right? Except it was when the show was filmed in Vancouver, where there are no deserts or anything resembling one.  So to make one over 7,000 litres of burgundy paint were daubed on to a disused quarry, that’s a lot of paint…



Lots of big names got an early break in The X-Files...

As well as making Anderson and Duchovny into huge stars, the show also gave minor roles out the likes of Lucy Lui, Luke Wilson, Jack Black, Ryan Reynolds, Shia La Beouf, Giovani Ribisi, and Seth Green.

 

Fox Mulder’s mother wasn’t actually that much older than him…

Rebecca Toolan, who plays Fox Mulder's mother on the show, was actually only one year older than David Duchovny in reality. Wow.

 

No one stayed the course…

During its nine years on the air 202 episodes of The X-Files were broadcast and none of the actors appeared in every single one. Anderson came close, filming 201 of them, but she does not appear in an episode titled The Gift, which only features stock footage of her character. Still, 201 episodes is quite something...

 

To check out hmv's complete X-Files back catalogue, click here. 

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