TV Guide: So the movie opens with the bombing of a Dallas office building. And then?
William B. Davis: [There's a long silence] You're trying to get me to tell you how the movie opens.
TVG: But that's in the production notes. It says that Scully and Mulder are investigating a bombed building.
WBD: Ah, but you said the movie opens with that.
TVG: OK. What do the aliens look like?
WBD: I can't tell you that.
TVG: What is the government covering up anyway?
WBD: I can't tell you that.
TVG: In the movie, apparently, David Duchovny has a Chippendale's moment with a hospital gown. Do you flash the audience, too?
WBD: [sadly] Alas, no.
TVG: Duchovny has also bragged that he gets to swear. And you?
WBD: Now you've hit a sore point. A couple of years ago, I had a line in an episode, which was, "Do you have the damn tape?" Now this character would not say damn. He would say, #$%&*@! But they told me, "This is television -- you can't say that. But we'll let you [curse] in the movie." Then during one of the final scenes of the movie, there was an appropriate time for me to say #$%&*@! But I [was] told, "No, you can't. In a PG-13 movie you can only say that word so many times, and we've already used up our quota." [He sighs beleagueredly]
TVG: How many packs of cigarettes did you go through?
WBD: It wasn't as bad as some of the episodes. A number of the scenes in the movie were shot in situations where the character couldn't be smoking. Like, I'd be wearing a Haz-Mat suit, which is a biological protective suit, which you wear when you're exposed to something infectious.
TVG: Early this season it looked like your character had been killed off by a grim pack of aging suits called the Elders. Did you always know it was just a ruse?
WBD: I always knew I was coming back. Right from the beginning they said, "You're dead, but you're not."
TVG: You didn't even have one moment of panic?
WBD: I knew I couldn't be dead -- I was in the movie.
TVG: Do we find out where Mulder's sister, Samantha, has been keeping herself?
WBD: Let's speculate: Maybe she has a life somewhere, maybe has children of her own. My impression of her is, "Is that really Samantha? Or a clone? Or a hybrid?" [Laughs] Have you noticed lately that it seems that CSM has fathered everybody on the show?
TVG: He's a real love machine. Any sign of him taking up with Scully?
WBD: [laughs] I don't see much sign of it. We haven't had a scene together in five years, never mind a love scene. Actually, if Scully were having her worst nightmare, it might be that she were having sex with Cancer Man.
TVG: You've done a lot of Shakespeare. Which of the Bard's masterpieces would you compare the movie to?
WBD: Maybe The Tempest.
TVG: How so?
WBD: [Laughs] You're just going to have to read the play.
WBD: Because I'm not going to tell you that.