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Tuesday, June 23, 1998 Published at 11:45 GMT 12:45 UK


Relief for X-Files star. . .

Plenty of vernacular phrases jump to mind to describe a scene in the new X-Files film in which FBI Special Agent Fox Mulder is seen relieving himself over a poster for last summer's hit movie Independence Day.

The scene, in which Mulder (played by David Duchovny) urinates in an alleyway by the poster, could threaten to spark off a Hollywood-style rivalry.

Chris Carter, the creator of the hit television programme, is reported to have thought of the scene.

The director of The X-Files: Fight the Future, Rob Bowman, told reporters that Carter was responsible for the prank.

[ image: Godzilla now number 8]
Godzilla now number 8
He said, "Independence Day was last summer's monster movie blockbuster and Chris Carter saw it and hated it."

So far, the producer of Independence Day, Dean Devlin, is refusing to comment. Devlin's latest work is Godzilla, which is set to battle out with the X-Files film for supremacy in the summer movie struggle.

Fight the Future was weekend No 1

Godzilla, which cost Sony $100m, is now number 8 in the US box office after showing for five weeks. Its performance, both critical and financial, has been considered disappointing so far.

By contrast, despite reviews that were lukewarm at best, the $60m X-Files film moved into the top spot in its first weekend in the US, pulling in $31m in three days.

According to Tom Sherak, chairman of 20th Century Fox's American film division, a quarter of its viewers so far are not die-hard fans of the hit television series.

Warning: spoilers below

Die-hard X Files fan who don't want to know about the film's contents, should look away now.

One of the most-debated issues before the film's release was whether its central characters kiss.

In the event, they did not, but as they have done in the past they come very close, preserving the sexual tension which has kept viewers glued to the screen.

However, one newspaper gossip column reported that the two stars did kiss passionately off-screen as a joke after shooting the near-kiss.

Rumours that the film would contain a brief glimpse of David Duchovny's bare buttocks also proved to be unfounded.

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