Monday, August 17, 1998 Published at 23:50 GMT 00:50 UK
Duchovny blasts X-Files
David Duchovny with Gillian Anderson: He's only in it for the money
X-Files star David Duchovny has admitted he hates the sci-fi hit - and wishes he could leave the show.
The film of the TV show opens in British cinemas this Friday, but Duchovny, 38, thinks the plots are far-fetched and "full of holes".
The actor, who plays FBI agent Mulder, told this week's Radio Times he thought the show was doomed from the start.
He said: "I assumed there was no way it would last. It wasn't that interesting and I thought it was silly. Obviously I was wrong."
Asked whether he understood the plot, he said: "Enough to know they don't make sense. There are lots of holes."
Wants to be off the show
He said: "I'd love to be off the TV show, but because of my greed I have to give them an extra two years."
But Duchovny thinks he's worth every cent - because without him the X-Files wouldn't have been a hit.
He said: "If I hadn't grounded its unreality in the reality of Mulder it would have become camp like Star Trek, which is not trying to be real.
"When I first read the script I realised Mulder couldn't be wild-eyed and unreliable. He's clearly insane, so he has to appear very sane to earn the audience's trust."
He also blasted reports of frosty relations between him and co-star Gillian Anderson, who plays fellow agent Scully.
He said: "We trust each other and I am eternally grateful to her, but when the work is over she is the last person I want to see.
"People don't understand our lack of a need to have a friendship, and they think it indicates I dislike her."
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