Di seguito trovate il suo reportage e un'intervista a David e Gillian. Gli articoli e le interviste sono un po' lunghi, ma vale la pena leggerli.
It began with a werewolf. I'm speaking about my interest, that is, in 20th Century Fox's brand spankin' new X-Files feature film. But for the sake of explanation and full disclosure, allow me to back up and come clean about a few things. As a fan once living in New York City, I attended one of the first X-Files fan conventions at the Javits Center. First in line. Opening day. Stamp "Chick Magnet" on me now. Yes, I had an appreciation of the show and, like so many out there, my fascination with the quest for truth - spearheaded by Fox Mulder and Dana Scully - checked out the back door when the ninth season rolled around and T-1000 joined the FBI with Annabeth Gish. Six years later, series creator Chris Carter, longtime contributor Frank Spotnitz and company are picking up the pieces with this enigmatic new venture.
And it may or may not have anything to do with a hirsute beast.
You see, a certain "spy photo" leaked online a few weeks prior to my receiving an invite to visit the Vancouver location of the film. Said snapshot revealed a professional exchange between Carter and a lycanthrope (some dude in a suit) on set. Was it a ruse? Something to throw us journos off the beaten path from the secrecy-enshrouded plot? Whatever the case, it was enough to stir long dormant pangs of excitement in this X-Files fan. After all, what X-phile worth his or her salt wouldn't be excited over the prospect of a creature feature recalling the days of the Flukeman?
I ride in a production van to the Playland Amusement Park in Vancouver, Canada with all of this in mind. - hoping to perhaps eye a swatch of fur, a yellowed claw, anything to confirm, or even deny, the "werewolf" talk.
This latest X-Files marks a return home for Carter and his crew. When the series began in '93 lensing took place in Vancouver before the production ultimately moved to Los Angeles. Familiar faces of X-Files' past populate the crew providing the director with a comfortable insulation. John Bartley, director of photography on seasons one through three, is working second unit alongside first assistant director and ex-Lone Gunman Tom Braidwood. Meanwhile Bill Roe, from the Los Angeles days, resumes his duties as d.p. on first unit. Then, of course, there's Duchovny and Anderson as Mulder and Scully, respectively. They're joined this time by newcomers Amanda Peet (Identity), Billy Connelly (Fido) and Xzibit, in a slice of arguably inspired casting.
The entrance to Playland directs one past a roller coaster - the same one used by James Wong (another X-Files alum) for the opening of Final Destination 3. But where I'm heading is to the ice rink, that's where the crew is working today. Inside it appears the converted rink has been bisected, most of the action is predominantly occurring around a faux house facade garnished with the foliage. "This would be Mulder's house," co-writer and producer Frank Spotnitz informs us, greeting ShockTillYouDrop.com by the porch. He's enjoying the warmer environs here after shooting for three weeks in sub-zero temperatures north of Whistler in Pemberton. "It matches the real house [located in Fort Langley] which is supposed to be somewhere around the Washington D.C. area in the movie." For Spotnitz, the realization of another X-Files case, "has been a dream. I didn't think it was going to happen - after six years, negotiations, working on the story."
His cynicism is understandable and he estimates his commitment to a sequel was sealed in 2002 or '03. Where things get rocky is in the ensuing years and, as Spotnitz suggests, best explained by Carter. Luckily for us, we find the director by craft service, an enormous black poodle by his side.
The years have been kind to Carter. Same ol' friendly eyes. Defined chin. White hair a stark contrast to the puffy black winter coat he hugs tight (not to mention his dog). He's a blue jeans kinda guy. "Fox had come to Frank Spotnitz and me and asked us to do the movie about a year after the TV series had wrapped," he clarifies. "We said yes and had worked out a story, pitched it to them, they said yes. We went into negotiations and those, shall we say, got protracted. All of a sudden there was this other issue and that took a couple of years to get resolved."
In the interim, Carter and Spotnitz tabled sequel notes they scribbled together and later revisited them with slightly more mature eyes. "We feel there is a lot to be proud of with the X-Files and we wanted to move forward knowing we had a real story to tell and a reason to tell it," Spotnitz says. "I think we have that. I already think this is going to be something we're all proud of and feel good about."
"I was surprised by how alive they still were in our imaginations," he adds referring to protagonists Mulder and Scully. "We arrived at what they would be doing at this point in their lives and what happened to them the last six years. For eight years I wrote and produced this show, I spent many hours thinking about Scully and Mulder so in a sense they're very real to me."
The sequel, as Spotnitz said, picks up six years after the show's conclusion. Real time has elapsed which has brought about change in the lives of Mulder and Scully. What those changes are, we're never told save for the fact that the two are drawn back into the world of X-Files by one case in particular. Carter likens the film's air of secrecy to a Christmas present. It's something we can shake. Something we can hypothesis about but when all is said and done, he'd prefer to have all of the details blown wide open when the sequel arrives in theaters on July 25th.
Mystery permeates every aspect of the set. Call sheets and script sides are accounted for and whisked out of public view (especially today). Absolutely no cameras are allowed. A tour of Mulder's house gives us everything and nothing. Spotnitz guides me up the porch and through the front door into a warm, earth tone-driven living room. Issues of Scientific American are neatly scattered about. Framed black and white photographs are hung on the wall. Mulder's digs are nice...and a step up from the apartment we're accustomed to seeing him in. The cleanliness is befitting of a woman, however.
"You'll notice the brown railing," Spotnitz points out. "There was one just like that in his apartment." The reference is a bit over my head but those fans with the photographic memories will be pleased to hear there is plenty of continuity they'll appreciate. Take the gold fish for instance. "The tank is bigger than the one in the show." Well, sure, it only seems right they get a big pad if Mulder is moving up. Oh, and look at that, there's the scuba diver at the bottom of the tank.
"Mulder's been living here since 2002," Spotnitz adds. "Come on in here..."
I follow, awash with nostalgia the minute I enter the next room: The office. A clutter of piled-up newspapers, clippings and monstrous sketches. Removed is that aforementioned tidiness. I actually miss it. But here...here is where the eye candy comes into play. Gaze closer at one of the headlines screaming from a nearby paper and you'll find FBI ARRESTS MODERN DAY FRANKENSTEIN DOCTOR. The ceiling above has been skewered by pencils which hang like stalactites. Sunflower seeds peek out from under the mess on Mulder's desk where a photo of his sister rests.
Then there's the poster.
You know the one. Series staple. Black and white, sorta fuzzy image of a UFO with big bold white letters proclaiming I WANT TO BELIEVE. Yeah, that one. Rippling with wear, but present nonetheless. Still signifying all that is "Mulder" and hung with care as a teen would hang a rock idol by his bed. "I'm not sure if it's one of the L.A. or Vancouver posters, it is an original though," Spotnitz notes.
So, what is Mulder and Scully up against this time...an alien menace, more government spooks, Scully's offspring back for revenge like the Davies baby? Try an X-file that has never been covered before. Hard to believe, I know. "I have to say it was challenging after 202 hours to find something that wasn't done," admits Spotnitz. "That isn't to say there are not elements - there will always be [familiar] elements - but the fundamental idea is different from anything we had done in the show. What we also wanted was an X-file, however fractured, that could serve as a mirror to Mulder and Scully - we were looking for a case that could expose things about them."
Carter adds: "I think the first three seasons really helped lay the foundation for the rest of the show. If you look at those first three, you'll see connections to what you're going to see in the movie. We're trying to scare the pants off of you. It's not a mythology episode but it owes to the character's lives, what they've been through, the relationship and the arc of the show."
As a result, this level of intimacy with the characters means scaling back on locations and not going as global as the first film did. "[The story] comes from the heart and who these characters are," Spotnitz reinforces. "That is part of why it's such a pleasure to do, we were freed of the complications and the machinery of the plot which had gotten quite complicated over nine years. We didn't really have to service a lot of that, we could just tell a really good scary, stand-alone story and go deeper into the characters of Mulder and Scully and their relationship than you could in a weekly series. Mulder and Scully bare a lot of scars from their experiences and you can't do a movie like this without recognizing that ."
I'm allowed to sit in on a scene featuring Duchovny and Anderson. Naturally, Fox has me bound from talking about specifics. It's a key moment and the actors are chewing it up, especially Duchovny who hasn't lost his dry edge after all of these years. Minutes earlier, Carter recalled the first table reading of the script. "I felt a wistful moment, something came over me. It was like no time had passed and a lot of time had passed. Our lives had moved on and we've all come back together, it felt like family again, it felt right."
As my day on set wears on, my search for lycanthropic evidence becomes a joke. Carter merely grins with a, "I can't say anything." when asked about it. I mean, seriously - who better to ask than the man standing less than five feet away from the creature in the photo? But then I have a slight breakthrough.
On the far end of the ice rink-cum-soundstage, an on-set photographer is snapping away at actors dressed like priest. One by one they file in, stand before a burgundy curtain. Click. Another priest moves in. Click. And another. Click.
Curious, I saunter over and ask what the pics are for. The photographer tells me they'll be used as set dressing for a sequence set in a rectory. She and I carry a decent conversation about the production, working in Vancouver, past shows she's been on, then, none too smooth, I drop the question: "So, what were those werewolf pictures all about anyway?" (Think Griffin Dunne's delivery - "Excuse me, what's that star on the wall for?" - in An American Werewolf in London. It's that abrupt.) Unnamed photographer smirks and doesn't miss a beat.
"What are they saying on the internet?" she asks me back.
"People think it's a hoax."
"You know, to throw off us nerds from trying to ruin Chris' Christmas surprise."
She looks away. "I was there that day," she whispers. "I took the picture."
"I'm not saying," she smiles as another priest poser steps up to his mark.
Sheesh. The truth is out here, but I'll be damned if I can find it. Time may have passed, but it seems things never change. Good luck, Mulder.
ShockTillYouDrop: So much about the plot is being kept in the dark, so what can you tell us about some of the themes of the film?
David Duchovny: I think the reasoning behind being mum about what's going on the film, at least for Chris, is to give the audience an experience of surprise which is so hard to do with trailers. Having said that, the themes are the same as the show [which were] belief and faith and the relationship between Mulder and Scully and how that develops over the past four or five years the show has been off the air. As if they've been living, as we've all been living - they're not stuck in time. They've moved on in some fictional realm as we all have, yet their issues remain the same.
Shock: How has the X-Files changed now that the world has changed?
Duchovny: Has the world completely changed? People say the world changes all of the time, yet human nature remains the same, good stories are good stories and people are going to see them. I don't think people go to movies because of what's going on in the world. They go usually to escape what's going on in the world and that always remains the same. I think what changes is the size of our cell phones.
Shock: Why is now the right time for you to make this movie?
Duchovny: I don't know. I always felt, at any time, it would've been fine, whenever Chris was ready to come up with a script, when his burnout was over. As actors, our burnout was probably a little shorter than his - I think he carried a heavier load, producing, writing and directing. I know it took me about a year to feel whole after the show was over. After that point, it was always my intention and desire that the show would continue on in movie form. It was never my intention, when I left the television series, to sabotage the show in any way. Yes, we've done all we can on television, let's take this into movies like we always said we would. I wouldn't see any reason to do X-Files unless it [was carried into film]. It's a serial show by its nature. The frame and the characters throw off an infinite number of stories and situations. It's a classic, archetypal relationship between a believer and a non-believer with this unrequited love in the middle of it. That all works and it can work forever as long as your stories are good.
Shock: How excited were you to slip back into the Mulder persona after all of these years?
Duchovny: I was very excited to do it, then as the date to do it approached I started to wonder if I needed to work more. To get back into that. So, there was a certain amount of fear, because maybe I haven't changed... I think what happened was that my facility, my range or interests might've changed, so this character might've represented a narrower box than I've been working in the last four or five years since I left. I had to bring what I've learned the last four or five years into this box. Last night, they have internet access here, and somebody pulled up one of these homages to the show with this romantic song [cut to] all of these kisses between Gillian and I. That was actually really helpful to feel the show again, because it was this overview and very romantic. It was like, Oh, I can watch that, and it would help me get into work. Whoever put that together, I thank them.
Shock: In the past you've had input in some of the X-Files scripts, have you contributed anything here?
Duchovny: Not in the initial conception or first writing of it, hardly at all because we signed off on the script right as the [WGA] strike happened. We had discussions about particular scenes and things we might try when we get there but it's a tightly-plotted thriller. In essence, if you have a tightly-plotted thriller there's not a lot of rewriting that should be done. The story drives forward. If you f**k around in the scenes you're not going to drive the story forward. It's not a form that tolerates improvisation and it was well enough put together when it was presented to me and Gillian, I thought there was nothing to add in that way.
Shock: This film reportedly delves into the realm of the supernatural, was it a relief to find that the story breaks away from the classic mythology involving aliens, etc.?
Duchovny: I like the mythology stuff, I always liked it more when we were doing the show because it usually gave Mulder an emotional stake through his sister - he was personally involved in the episodes. That was a relief and more fun as an actor to approach that during the yearly grind of the show. I could understand it, chew it up a little bit rather than being just a Law & Order procedural. So, in a way, I think I had an opposite reaction, I wish this [movie] was more about me. [laughs] But in effect, it's more about the show and about establishing the parameters of the show for those who don't know it, for those who've forgotten and even for those who love it - they'll get that part as well. If there is [another film] and I hope there is, I think we would get into a story where more of the mythology [comes in], because that's the heart of the show.
Shock: If there is another X-Files film, how interested would you be in taking the helm of that?
Duchovny: I'd be interested, but it's not in my wheelhouse to direct a big action film like this. I would feel out of my element which is probably a good thing. I wouldn't offer it to me. I might try to get it, I don't know. No, I think I'd stay away from this. I might try to direct an action film, but I don't think it'd be wise trying to direct myself in an action film or to screw around with this franchise. I feel like there are other opportunities to direct and I have other interests. If it was my only way into directing, then I might. It'd be fun and great but there are better people for it.
Shock: A lot of actors on hit television shows run the risk of, and fear, being typecast, but obviously you feel comfortable now playing Mulder.
Duchovny: I gave up a while ago worrying about the whole phenomenon of typecasting once I realized it happens across the board. It doesn't just happen in terms of television shows. Some comedy actors get trapped in there, some dramatic actors can't do comedy. Even movie actors who have long careers have two or three roles that they get stopped for unless you're Brando. So, I don't worry about that. What overcomes that is my sense of love for the show and belief in the show's legitimacy as an interesting movie franchise with a lot to offer - the thriller aspect, the horror aspect but also the intelligence. All of those things make it a very fertile area to move on in.
Shock: Why do you think people love your character?
Duchovny: Isn't that for you to answer? [laughs] Why I love Mulder, first and foremost, was always the truth and the case - yet he wasn't so single-minded that it was kind of a drag, which that character could've been. I always liked that he was so narrow-minded in his pursuit. I think that's attractive, I think people respect that in somebody and they yearn for a quest. He's a guy on a quest and he always will be.
Shock: At this point in the game, has your working relationship with Gillian changed much from the series?
Duchovny: Yeah, it's probably different in that we're not exhausted all of the time. We're excited to come and do what we think is the heart of the relationship. So, we'll do these scenes that are action-oriented with Billy Connelly but then we come back to scenes like the one we're doing today - and this is where the heart is, where the movie is. Then we have to trust each other to hold each other up in these scenes and bring back whatever was there.
Shock: Is there still a sense of discovery in this journey or is it business as usual with you and Gillian back in the groove?
Duchovny: I think there's a real sense that we don't want to cash in on the past. We all want to do something new, we don't want to throw a piece of crap out there for people to go look at for nostalgia's sake. I wonder and worry, how did [Mulder] change in the last five years? When I started, there was a certain boyishness to the guy I don't feel I can play anymore physically. Like Mel Gibson's Hamlet, yeah it was a good performance but the guy was twenty years too old. There are certain things energy-wise. How has he grown up? Remaining the same, how do you ease him into a different stage in his life? That's a creative endeavor, certainly with Chris, directing a big movie like this which is different from anything he has done.
Shock: Has your dialogue with Chris changed much?
Duchovny: Oh yeah, I have ways I like to work and he has ways he likes to work and they're not always the same. With respect, and privately, we deal with it. That's a matter of getting older, too, and of being a professional. It happens privately. And it's not a big deal, it's like telling a lover, That finger there, that wasn't great. [laughs] I know a lot of people like it, but me personally, that's not me, just so you know. I know how I like to work now, I know how I like the director's hands on me.
Shock: Does this film strike a balance between the shout-outs to the series and new stuff for those who have never seen the show?
Duchovny: I'm not a fan of the shout-outs, but in this they're small, like Where's Waldo? things. I think this movie is actually more accessible to the non-fan in terms of story and everything else. In terms of this water bottle maybe having the name of one of our producers on it, this movie probably has a ton of those things, but I'm not even paying attention. Sometimes I'll see them and go, That's stupid. [laughs] But there's a lot of that going on and it's fun for people.
Shock: There was some exhaustion on the fanbase's behalf as the series entered its final seasons, do you think the film will lure them back?
Duchovny: I don't know. You know there were nine years of one-hours. I can't think of another show that did that with the same cast, although I wasn't in most of the ninth year. You look at any drama, any long-running drama, and they don't run that long normally. So, the exhaustion is mutual. [laughs] But I would think in the good will of trying to tell new stories you ultimately reach further in all directions. Probably by the seventh or eight years, the writers were forced to reach and I think there are fans who sit on that moment and wait for that sign of creative bankruptcy which has to come, naturally. A show like this is idea-driven, it's not like, Oh, we've got good jokes, you'll watch. It's not like a sitcom that can run twelve years. If they were exhausted, and they fell in love with the show for the characters and the premise, for the execution and the writing, then that's what we're back to. This is more of a story we would have told in season three or four.
Shock: How scary does this movie get? When those early seasons you refer to went for scary, they were scary...
Duchovny: It gets scary. It's pretty dark, there's some nasty stuff going on. In a way you could do more on TV. Some of those TV shows were getting close to an R, but I know the mission is to make a PG-13 film. It's more of the ideas behind it. What is Saw, rated R?
Duchovny: That should be X. This movie has some danger in there. Twisted, weird - there's no torture. To me Saw doesn't have a point, it's some guy teaching people a lesson, through torture. X-Files was never about the nasty stuff, but hopefully there was a story with a purpose. We'll torture for a reason, like the American government. [laughs]
Shock: I'm just curious if the film leans into my favorite episode which was Home.
Duchovny: There's some of that, but I don't know how much of that you'll see, but it's in the story. You'll come away with, Wow, that's what you were doing? Home is probably the most controversial show we ever made and it was pulled out of rotation and yet it's one of maybe four or five shows somebody always brings up. Obviously, people have enjoyed that part of the show also.
Shock: There's always been a place for humor with Mulder's dry wit. Does the new film feature any laughs?
Duchovny: There's a place for it, I was always looking for a place in the TV show and it's an essential part of the character so I certainly always look for those moments. We've done them here, but whether or not they stay in the film, it's always a matter of juggling the tone. In the show, it was, Is Mulder going to deflate the danger of the scene? In my opinion, it never did, but Chris and the writers and producers have different ideas, so I don't know. I like to have some funny stuff in there.
Shock: When old episodes of the show come on, do you watch them or flee?
Duchovny: I don't flee. I don't seek them out. I'm not an appointment television watcher. I'm a child of the '70s television watcher which is, I sit down in front of it and if something is on I'll watch it, so I'm sometimes open to watching an X-Files if I'm flipping around. I don't TiVo, I'm not silly that way. If something comes on, if I'm in bed with [wife] Téa, and we're just going to sleep watching ten minutes of TV we'll watch a bit.
Shock: Do you know of any major DVD extras that are planned for this film's release?
Duchovny: Yes, a lot because I think there's a lot of extra gore. We're not just shooting a PG-13 version.
ShockTillYouDrop.com: Why return to the X-Files after all of this time?
Gillian Anderson: I think that I've always made it pretty clear, no matter what has been rumored in the press, that were we to come together, or were somebody to get it together to do a film, that I would be happy, willing and hopefully able to participate. There were a few times there where it looked like it might not happen, but there are many times when I, when people were saying it was going to happen, didn't believe it was going to happen. I was always on board, no matter else what I was doing at my time in my life.
Shock: You've done so much in your career and life in the interim, since the series ended, what's it like to come back? Is it familiar or does it seem strange?
Anderson: I wasn't cocky, but I was really confident that it was going to be easy on the first day. I wasn't afraid at all. I'm usually terrified for the first couple of days on something and it sucked. It was horrible. I had a really hard first couple of days and a I think a part of that was that I've spent such a long time trying to do something that didn't remotely resemble Scully, I've been pushing it away for such a long time that when I was inviting it back, my brain was going, No! This isn't supposed to be happening! And we started on the worst possible scene that we could have started with. It was a confrontation scene, so it wasn't even normal, flatline Scully. [laughs] No, I don't mean flatline. I didn't mean that. I didn't even have a chance to be normal Scully before I was upset Scully.
Shock: Do you look at her different six years later?
Anderson: I think what's important is that she has not changed a lot. It's finding who she is again. I think it's important to show someone who's recognizable to the audience who is used to that. But there's obviously a maturity that has taken place naturally. To hold that and to use that fact to inform how she might be in this present stage.
Shock: Is there anything in this film that tells us where she has been the last five or six years?
Anderson: Not really, I think it's a given that...there's something said here about the choices that she's made which covers that.
Shock: What was behind your willingness to take the role again, did you not want to be the one who said 'no'?
Anderson: No, it was a formidable experience for all of us. Even at the times when I was very outspoken about the challenges of it, it was still something I wouldn't have changed at the time. I was always aware that this was something unique and valuable and precious. Something that doesn't happen all of the time. We were incredibly lucky and despite my frustration at the exhaustion, I've always been grateful on some level. The idea of us all coming back together again has always been exciting.
Shock: You just didn't want to be defined as Scully...
Anderson: Sometimes I still am. When producers or whatever see my work, they go, Oh, she can act! There's nothing much I can do about that, but I try to continue to challenge myself and challenge people who want to put me in a box...
Shock: Can X-Files still comment on the times we live in?
Anderson: I think if one is paying attention they'll see that the issues addressed are bigger than current events. I guess there's some current stuff, but it's the bigger picture in certain respects of human beings and...I'm going to dig myself in a hole here. [laughs]
Shock: Do you think the Mulder and Scully relationship here outweighs the scary plot that's being promised?
Anderson: I think what is remarkable - and still find it remarkable today after working with other actors - just what kind of energy there is. It just happens, it's weird. It's cool now once I've seen things in the past and wondered, Where the f**k did that come from? It's still there and of course it's going to be appealing to people. And I now see what the appeal is. In the old days, I was like, Yeah, so what? We get along? Yeah, there's chemistry. I was just using that word. Now I see there really was, and there still is and I think it will always be there.
Shock: What's that like with David now that you're not with each other 16 hours a day on a series?
Anderson: It's great, but it was great then, too. This is like a sibling relationship and I never had siblings. I had brothers and sisters that started when I was 13, so I was out of the house and didn't have that experience. There was always this love/hate - hate is too big of a word - but there was always something. It was a natural relationship over a period of time. Now we've grown up and we're older, we're more appreciative of the relationship period and the unique experience we had together and have an opportunity to continue that and foster it. We've always loved each other and we're always going to be a battle sometimes.
Shock: Scully started as a skeptic, then a believer - are you going back to that skeptic/believer dynamic or is there no going back to that?
Anderson: I think we have to. That's part of one of the big premises of the film, of the relationship and what makes it work is this constant fight to be right in some way. I think no matter what film or what episode, you have to maintain an element of that. This isn't a love story, [but] it can be. That can't be in the forefront. What's in the forefront is these two people's minds and their passions. Naturally, they're going to swing in the direction that they are built for and that's going to cause tension between them.
Shock: How do you see X-Files now in the context of your diverse body of work?
Anderson: It has never really been my cup of tea. I'm not really a television watcher, I don't think I would have watched the show [were I not in it]. I see what it is and I can appreciate its appeal to people, I can justify it in the context of my life.
Shock: Are you more comfortable with the fact that this role is going to be with you for the rest of your life?
Anderson: I feel very fortunate. I think my desire to distance myself stemmed from maturity. I started this when I was 24, I told them I was 27 to get hired. Somebody sent me an interview from some cheesy TV station and I was so sure of myself and the way I was talking... I think I had to surround myself with so many survival mechanisms in order to - just as a 24-year-old to be thrown into that so early... People would say in interviews, what a whirlwind life you've had and I didn't even have enough of a perspective to stand back and say, Yeah, man... In a sense, it was to a detriment because I just assumed I should be able to deal with stuff. When it ended, there was part of me that didn't want to see a set. It just got really intense. I didn't do that much during our hiatuses. I didn't go after that between exhaustion and being a mom - I just wanted to do something different for f**k's sake. I needed that, I really needed that. But I've found a place again of appropriate perspective and great appreciation and gratitude for being invited into such an extraordinary experience.
Shock: How is the story intertwined by the character relationships that producer Frank Spotnitz says plays a big part in this film?
Anderson: I should think they've done a really good job of touching on all of the elements that are important for it to make sense to people and to stand-alone. I think they've done a really good job in that respect and there's enough of a balance between our determinations about the things that are currently working on mixed with the dilemmas that we find ourselves in as the two characters, mixed the history, mixed with everything... I think they've done a great job.
Shock: How is Scully different from when we last saw her in the series finale?
Anderson: I think she's more relaxed and she's made some choices in her life that have allowed her to do what she most wants to do, and that has mellowed her a bit. She hasn't lost any of her determination and passion about things by any stretch. How she is in this film follows perfectly with where we last saw her and who she has always been.