The X-Files Scripts Had a Funny Way of Leaking Into Real Life
The two central characters in “The X-Files” are Agent Fox Mulder (Duchovny) and Agent Dana Scully (Gillian Anderson). Mulder was the true believer who saw all psychic phenomena and alien conspiracies as completely true, while Scully was the skeptic and devil’s advocate, always there to point out that even weird things had a rational explanation. To make their dynamic more complex, Mulder was an atheist, while Scully was a practicing Catholic. In real life, it’s Duchovny who’s more skeptical of the paranormal, and it’s Anderson who feels a bit more excited about the possibilities of the unseen world.
Anderson recounts how, before filming a scene in which her character is shot, she dreamed of the very weapon that would be used. Predictions are most certainly a common occurrence on “The X-Files,” and Anderson was surprised by the experience. During filming, Anderson was quoted:
“I had a dream about a week ago, a nightmare where I was shot at close range. And it was really weird because I couldn’t say anything. When we were doing the scene earlier where I get shot, I remembered (the gun in my dream) was a very similar gun. It was really scary. A lot of times when I read the scripts, I panic, I freak out.”
But, Anderson says, exploring the fringe still appeals to her, saying “psychokinesis appeals to me. ESP, telling the future, I love that stuff.” Anderson, it seems, would have been a fan of “The X-Files” even if she wasn’t on “The X-Files.”