|08/23/01: Chris Carter TV Guide Online Chat Transcript||[Back to Mods In The Key of X or Harsh Realm]|
Carter: Hi. Ready for any and all questions...
Question: Chris, Lucy Lawless is well known for her role on Xena, how do you think fans will react to her playing an Agent on The X-Files?
Carter: Well, I hope
they like her. We had a chance to cast someone who I had met at the... I
think 1997 or 98 Emmy Awards. She came up to me and introduced herself,
and said she was a fan of the show. Late last year, when it was announced
that Xena wouldn't be coming back, she and her husband sent me a nice note
about what fans they were of the show. I took that as an opportunity to
take someone who was a fine actress, who would clearly be looking for a
role different from the one she had played for the last number of years,
and figure out a way to use her in the show. And it just so happened that
how we were plotting out Season Nine that she fit perfectly into The
X-Files mythology. It's interesting that Lucy studied acting in Vancouver
under Bill Davis, who played the Cigarette Smoking Man for so many years.
Carter: I never
considered myself a science-fiction writer to begin with. I always thought
of The X-Files as a mystery show that dealt with the paranormal. Now I've
been labeled as a science fiction writer, and it's accurate. But it is a
limiting label. So, I am interested in doing something outside of that
label, but that doesn't rule out a good mystery or thriller story, which
is what The X-Files primarily is.
Carter: Well, we
were all sorry to see David go, but it was an understandable decision.
Anything that presents itself as a problem to TV producers or writers
seems like a bad thing. But, it can be a constructive thing, if you can
figure out a way to solve the problem. So, what we're doing is taking a
situation -- a Mulder-less X-Files. We're adding some new characters.
While it is still a 2 or 3 lead show, there are many more ensemble
situations this year that I think will make the show better in some ways.
Carter: Anything can
happen on The X-Files.
talking about Millennium on DVD. Beyond that I wouldn't think there is
much hope for Harsh Realm, or Lone Gunmen. But, I think there are a lot of
people asking for the Millennium DVD, so I think that will happen.
Carter: Well, Cary
Elwes plays a pirate with a patch on his eye, so that will be a big
change... I think you'll see when you watch the first episode, there will
be some obvious changes. I won't go into them, but they are obviously the
result of the introduction of new characters, and ones who have had
relationships that aren't about sexual restraint.
Carter: Yes. You'll
see them in the first and second episode. We're just pulling a trick on
Fox. The X-Files the ninth season will just be starring the Lone Gunmen.
Carter: Yes. But,
you really have to have been a careful watcher of that program to
understand what it is.
Carter: It certainly
is something that has shaped his character. So I would say that it won't
be the replacement for the Mulder/Samantha search, but it is something
that informs his approach to life and his relationship with Monica Reyes.
Carter: From the
first episode we'll see how she works with them, even though she is a
mother. She is drawn back into The X-Files by the biggest mystery in her
Carter: Yes. :)
Carter: I haven't
seen that many movies, but I've seen some good ones. Last night, I saw the
Apocalypse Now re-release. It was nice to see it on the big screen, but I
though the original release was superior. We've had screenings of a couple
of movies here recently. We saw Planet of the Apes, which none of us
liked, but we were all big fans of the original. And the guys at
Miramax/Dimension sent us a print of The Others, and we liked that. We
thought it was really smart and really scary. And you can't take your eyes
off Nicole Kidman. It was scary like my favorite scary movies. They made a
movie based on Henry James' Turn of the Screw, called The Innocents. It
had two creepy kids in it, and the two kids in this were even creepier.
This also had a lot of good moments that weren't effect-driven, which was
nice to see.
Carter: Yes. It'll
be explored extensively. Explained? You're asking a lot for The X-Files.
talking about it now, pretty actively in fact. If all the business can be
worked out, we could see a new X-Files movie in the next few years. But,
there's less interest while the series is ongoing.
Carter: And, yes
that's the plan to have David and Gillian in it.
Carter: That's a
question that you have answer specifically... But, I will say that it
looks as though all of them have met real and final ends. But, one of them
is possibly still alive.
Carter: Marita has
been busy working with Jim Carrey. And, if we make any more budget cuts,
we'll have to see more of the faceless rebels, because we won't be able to
cast real actors.
Carter: Yes. We'll
be doing the breast-feeding episode. :) I think she's going to have to
balance her life between being a mother, and being a person who is still
looking for the truth.
Carter: We're going
to turn The X-Files into a sitcom called Everyone Loves Mulder.
Carter: I went on an
amazing surf trip this year to Indonesia.
Carter: I loved the
movie The Insider, and I think any contemporary movie that and L.A.
Confidential are movies I watch again and again so I would have to say
that I'm influenced by those movies.
Carter: Kersh is
wrapped up in a case that begins The X-Files season, but his involvement
in it is, and in any larger conspiracy, may not be what you think.
Carter: Yes. We're going to have two of them written by aliens this year.
TV Guide Online: Is that a first?
Carter: That's a
first. And if they do well, we're thinking about bringing them on staff.
Carter: Yes. We love
his character because he wears his heart on his sleeve, and he is quick to
act and do the right thing. So, I think you can expect to see more of
Carter: I think it
was something that we all talked about, but I wrote his voice. So, I think
he was someone we all came up with together, but his voice came out of my
head. But, it was something that was helped in a large degree by casting
Carter: It's tricky
because Scully's a mother, and there's great suspicion that Mulder is the
father, so you have a relationship that is unresolved and largely
unspoken. So, I think it's a little early to see Scully and Doggett get
together. But, I think the humor this year will come out of situations.
And also because we know Doggett better, and we've established his
character, so we'll see him lighten up. So, we should see that with
Scully, and with Monica Reyes.
practical technology hasn't changed all that much. The effects have
become, I think, cheaper because of the advances in technology. You can do
more in less time, so you can do it on a TV schedule. But, technology
itself is still used best on the X-Files as a storytelling device, because
we are all still so afraid of it.
Carter: There are
some real slight, and you may not even notice them, deletions from the
movie to fit the time format. Rob Bowman, the director, did them himself,
so we're all satisfied. It is going to show on Fox on Friday, September
14th, at 8:00.
Carter: Thank you!
TV Guide Online: Tune into The X-Files on Fox on Sunday nights. Don't miss your chance to catch the network television premiere of The X-Files movie on Sept. 14th on Fox. And visit www.thexfiles.com for all news and information about the series. Thanks for coming tonight.