With the internet exploding, thanks to the announcement that The X-Files will be returning for a six episode event, what better time than now to brush up on your X-Files knowledge. They will start production this summer, but I honestly don’t know if I can wait that long. When Chris Carter, The X-Files creator, was asked about the 13-year absence, he said, “I think of it as a 13-year commercial break. The good news is the world has only become that much stranger, a perfect time to tell these six stories.” I remember watching X-Files when I was growing up. My friend and I would play Mario Brothers up until X-Files started every single Friday night. Once our show was over, we’d go back to rescuing the princess and succeeding, I might add. Well here are 24 X-Files facts that only a die hard fan would know.
1. Gillian Anderson wasn’t the most popular casting pick from the beginning of The X-Files. When she got pregnant at the start of season 2, some of the network execs suggested that she be replaced and recasted.
2. If you paid attention to the music in The X-Files, you’ll notice they play a lot of music by the band Filter. This is because Robert Patrick, who played Agent John Doggett, is brothers with the lead singer of Filter, Richard Patrick.
3. Some unknown faces at the time made an appearance on The X-Files. Comedy actors such as Luke Wilson and Jack Black can be seen during seasons three and five.
4. When David Duchovny was cast for the role of Mulder, they asked who he thought should play Scully. He suggested Jennifer Beals, who is a long time friend of his and also an old college classmate.
5. Leyla Harrison was actually named after a fan of The X-Files, who passed away from cancer. She was a fan-fiction writer and the writers created and named this character in honor of her.
6. Quite a few well known actors auditioned for the role of Mulder. This included names such as Dean Cain, Lou Diamond Phillips, and even Bruce Campbell.
7. David Duchovny is a huge New York Knicks fan, so they decided to incorporate this into the show by also making Mulder a Knicks fan.
8. Do you remember when Agent Scully was abducted in Season 2? They only did this because she got pregnant and needed a way to explain her prolonged absence.
9. Did you know that Gillian Anderson, who plays Scully, is about 10 inches shorter than David Duchovny, who plays Mulder. To help make their height difference a little less drastic, Anderson had to stand on boxes throughout the series, which made them almost the same height.
10. The Cigarette Smoking Man was only supposed to be in one episode. But creator Chris Carter liked the character so much, and loved how well William B. Davis played the role, he decided to make him a central figure.
11. The famous theme song for The X-Files was actually created by accident. Composer Mark Snow was creating the song when he leaned his elbow on the keyboard while the ‘echo’ function was on. After hearing the creepiness in this sound, he used it to make the theme song that we all instantly recognize. He was also inspired by The Smith’s album “How Soon Is Now?”.
12. Dana Scully is actually named after sportscaster Vin Scully. Mulder was taken from Chris Carter, which is his mother’s maiden name.
13. Both Duchovny and Anderson stepped behind the camera a couple of times and helped direct a few episodes.
14. The show was originally filmed in Los Angeles, until Chris Carter wanted to move it to Vancouver, British Columbia because that’s “where the good forests are”. The show eventually moved back to LA, so Duchovny could be closer to his wife.
15. If you look closely at the FBI badges for Scully & Mulder, they don’t say Federal Bureau of Investigation at the bottom. They say Federal Bureau of Justice, United States Department of Investigation. That’s because it’s illegal, even in the movies, to duplicate a fake FBI badge.
16. Gillian Anderson played an FBI agent so well that when the sequel to Silence Of The Lambs was being casted, they wanted Anderson to play Clarice Starling, which had been vacated by Jodie Foster. Unfortunately for Gillian Anderson, her contract made it so she could not play the role of another FBI agent in any TV show or movie.
17. While The X-Files did have actors like Luke Wilson and Jack Black on, the biggest success story may be that of Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan. He sent a script into Fox, which was then turned into the episode Soft Light in Season 2. After that, he was given a permanent position, and wrote an additional 26 episodes and also co-executive produced 44 times.
18. Dave Grohl, drummer for Nirvana and singer of the Foo Fighters, can be seen making his ‘acting debut’ in the season 3 episode titled Pusher. He’s walking alongside his then-wife Jennifer Youngblood.
19. During the very first episode of The X-Files, they actually predicted the 9/11 attack on the World Trade Center. The Lone Gunman find out that the government had a plan to blame foreign terrorists for hijakcing an airplane, crashing it into the World Trade Center, and then using this information to start a profit-making war on foreign soil. This episode aired on 3/4/01, just 6 months before the al Qaeda attacks on 9/11/01.
20. Chris Carter came up with the idea for The X-Files after reading an article that said 3.7 million people claim to have been abducted by aliens.
21. Gillian Anderson was not happy about the hotel scene where she had to strip down to her underwear to show Mulder some suspicious bug bites. She didn’t feel like it was necessary, but Chris Carter said it was necessary in order to, “highlight the platonic relationship between the two.”
22. When the show first premiered in 1993, it was featured on the cover of Entertainment Weekly. In this issue, it mentioned the tag line, “The Truth Is In Here”. Inside it said, “We know – This show is a goner.” After 9 years, they aired their last episode with six more starting production this summer.
23. In the opener for Season 8, the eye that Mulder is falling into is actually Gillian Anderson’s eye.
24. In Season 1 when Mulder and Scully first meet each other, she finds him in his office in the basement of the FBI offices. His first words to her are, “Sorry, nobody down here but the FBI’s most unwanted.”
After seeing all of these facts, I kind of want to go back and watch every episode of The X-Files from the beginning to the end. Even more so now that they are releasing another six episodes. It’s been a long time since I’ve seen this show, but I can’t wait for it to come back. What was your favorite episode?
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