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Duchovny puts Mulder behind him
Sigourney Weaver, Jake Kasdan and David Duchovny
The film was directed by its own writer, Jake Kasdan (centre)
Actor David Duchovny has said he feels his role in new film The TV Set has allowed him to finally leave behind his best known character, Fox Mulder in TV phenomenon The X Files.

In The TV Set, Duchovny - sporting a beard and glasses - plays a writer struggling to maintain his script under pressure from a business-obsessed executive, played by Sigourney Weaver.

The character is drastically different to many he has played in the past, and he told the BBC he agreed the role took him a major step forward as an actor.

"Physically, this was the first time that I was really asked to transform in such a way that was different from the way that I look or hold myself," he said.

"If you were of the mind that I wasn't able to do that, I think you'd be surprised."

Artistic integrity

The TV Set, the latest in a number of independent films in which Duchovny has featured, sees the actor alongside acclaimed actress Sigourney Weaver. It also features Welsh star Ioan Gruffudd.

Duchovny plays Mike, a TV producer who sees his vision for his script destroyed as it goes through the process of casting, production and finally airing.

The theme of the film is the suggestion that in order to move forward and triumph commercially, artistic integrity must be sacrificed.

The TV Set, with David Duchovny centre
Return To Me (1999)
Evolution (2001)
Zoolander (2001)
Full Frontal (2002)
Connie And Carla (2004)
House Of D (2004)
The Secret (2006)
The TV Set (2006) - pictured
Duchovny - who himself has written and directed a film, the 2004 comedy-drama House Of D, as well as various episodes of The X Files - said that he agreed this was the case, but added that to think it is not would be "naive."

"I think the only people that have artistic integrity are those that engaged in creative pursuits that only have one person - a painter or a novelist," he said.

"By it's nature, film, television, even stage - all drama - is collaborative, and what you have is not just actors to deal with, but a lot of people putting their two cents' worth in, and coming from different angles.

"Anybody that walks onto a stage, having written a pilot or film, and thinks that they are going to be able to control the artistic integrity of it, is being naive.

"Also, they are not opening up to take advantage of the glorious accidents that can happen when lots of people get involved."

Duchovny, whose own film career has yet to see him star in anything approaching the success of The X Files, said The TV Set was interesting because it reveals the process of what happens behind the scenes when a programme gets made.

He explained that over the last 10 years, people had become "very interested" in the mechanics of the entertainment industry.

"They want to know how it's made, they want to know who makes it," he added.

"That's a cycle that we're in right now - people know box office, they know TV numbers.

"Fifteen years ago, people didn't really know. Now, by Saturday, your fate is sealed - and everybody knows it."

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