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Write-up of David's remarks at Princeton - Part One

OK, I finally got it done. So sorry for the delay. I have tried to capture David's words as faithfully as possible from my hand-written notes.This is not an exact transcript,for I know that I missed words, phrases, even a sentence now and then. But it is as close as possible without a tape recording. I am posting it in two parts. When reading it, enjoy once again the wonderful combination of wit, insight, and intellect. Sally

David Duchovny at Princeton
April 27, 2006

David, wearing worn jeans, white T-shirt, and his black leather jacket, was introduced by one of his former English professors at Princeton, who read a brief listing of David’s professional accomplishments, and ended by quoting the final sentences of David’s senior thesis on Samuel Becket, in which David used the phrase “one says…one does…one must…”etc. (Throughout his remarks, David referred back to this, switching to refer to himself as “one thinks, one says…” as a joke.) He then took the podium, warmly thanked her for the introduction, and said that he wished his mother were there, for perhaps she would now finally forgive him for not becoming a professor. He said that he had originally envisioned the session at Princeton as a Q &A, but then realized at his arrival that it was supposed to be a lecture, and therefore quickly jotted down some notes. He asked: “What does a student of film want to learn from me? What could I make interesting about my life to you, students at Princeton?” He then recalled thinking that his Princeton roommate, who wanted to be an actor, was an idiot. He said that he never did any acting at Princeton. He came to Princeton in order to play baseball, and basketball. But these were “taken away from him,” and he realized, in grief and depression, that what he truly missed about being on the team was the collaborative effort of being part of a team. He said he went to acting class at age 26, for it was too lonely an effort as a writer, and he was hoping that he would find some sort of collaboration if he wrote for the stage, that it too would be a collaborative effort, like sports. He also thought that it would be good to try acting if he wanted to write for actors, but never thought that he would himself ever become an actor. He then described an acting exercise with masks that his acting roommate from Princeton had shared with him. Each student was asked to hold a mask in front of their face, and to give a narrative about the mask. But the one who got the highest grade said nothing at all, letting the mask speak for itself. David then said that as an actor, your goal is to figure out the mask of the character. He quoted TS Eliot, and then said that acting was “coming up with an image that embodies emotion. Acting is a physical manifestation of an emotional state. You take the time to do the work, and then let the mask speak for itself. I learned this by mistake at Princeton.”

He then shared that he graduate school with no plan, no clear direction. He recalled sitting in a graduate seminar with Harold Bloom, surrounded by graduate students who were too intimidated to speak up. Bloom kept asking the same question over and over, and finally one undergraduate in the group answered “a world without adjectives.” David said, “I remember thinking at that moment that I don’t understand the question, I don’t understand the answer...maybe I should act.” (Laughter)

He said that writing for film was very different than writing drama. He felt that film writing was similar to poetry, and here he made a few jokes comparing poems to some recent well-known movies. He quoted Robert Frost, and said that a poem is like an ice cube that is melting, creating its form as it moves and changes, announcing itself until it exhausts itself. Writing poetry is like this – you announce the type of poem at the beginning, and then stay true to the contract of the poem. Writing for a movie is the same: a movie announces itself at the beginning, and then moves forward.
David said that screenwriting proceeds by scenes, by images, not be intellectual analysis and words. You need to attack each scene as if there is no dialogue. Here he quoted Becket again. He then told how he once gave a script that he had written to Robert Towne (Chinatown), who told David to watch out for the third act, that by the third act, the characters need to speak less and less, that the audience should now by then what the characters are doing.

He then quoted a famous director, who said that a director is the immune system of a film. David said that a film is very collaborative, with hundreds of people involved, and that the auteur filmmaker is a myth. He said that when he was doing preparation for HOD, at about 8 weeks into the project he “freaked out,” because he didn’t know anything about lighting, set design, clothes (at which point he pointed to what he was wearing, which brought some laughter), and that he thought, “I’m screwed. Hopefully, we’ll loss our money and I won’t have to do this.” (Laughter) Then he hired a DP and others, who constantly asked him questions, giving him lots of choices, and he said the then realized that as a director, as a collaborator, he only needed to answer and to make choices. To be a collaborator in this sense is “the theme of my business, the theme of my life. I’m here to tell you that all you have is your instinct, which is terrifying and also wonderful. You’ll learn your craft, your skill, and somehow figure our how to do it. Trust your instincts.” He then said that the most fun, and the most satisfying, thing is to realize how much your mistakes teach you.

He then told a story (which was peppered with clever jokes and remarks throughout the telling) about filming the Rapture, how he hated it, and how they wanted to fire him, but there was already too much film already done, and that they couldn’t afford to pay another actor at that point. He described that he is killed in this movie, at his workplace, and that when he meets the killer in the hallway, his character says, “But I have a little girl.” The director kept asking him how he was planning to say that line. David felt that this was very insulting to an actor, and replied that he didn’t know. He said that actors are all very sensitive, “as they should be.” (laughter) The director responded that this is a very deep line, and kept asking David over and over about the line, while David was sitting in hair and make-up. He made David say the line over and over. David reports thinking,” I should have stayed in grad school, I can’t act, I hate this director. I’ll go out there and just be a parrot, and say it just the way the director wants me too.” He then mimicked the way he finally said the line, which was filled with self-loathing and anger at the director. Seven years later, at a party, he ran into a woman who said that she loved the Rapture, and that when he said “But I have a little girl,” she just it was so moving that she started crying, and asked him what was going on for him at that moment. David said he then realized that the camera doesn’t know the difference between self-loathing and despair, because he was so “weird and twisted at that moment.” He then said that this was a long way of saying that this is what he learned, that the camera just reads intensity, but not necessarily the correct emotion behind that intensity. He said that he once was in a role with a co-star he hated, and that he had been hiding his hatred both on and off the screen for some time; but he allowed himself to project the intensity of his feeling of hatred, and that it came off on camera as love for the co-star’s character.

He then spoke about a moment with Frank Langella during the filming of HOD, when David felt he needed more energy, a quicker pace, from Frank. “I know,” he said, “because I often can’t project enough energy myself.” He quoted George Bernard Shaw, who said that one prepares, and does all these things, and then throw it all out the window, and see what sticks, like a pea shooter. And the next day, you won’t like what you did yesterday. David describes how he is walking over to Frank, about to ask him for more energy, when Frank comes up to him and says “I can’t stand it when a director asks for more energy.” So David says nothing, and they shoot the scene again, and in this way, he kept Frank’s trust.

At this point in the lecture, David puts on tinted reading glass, which he says he needs despite lasik surgery, looks through his notes, and says, “I think I got it all. Now let’s just talk.” A question and answer period now followed. (When a question was vague, David would shake his head and say “Princeton students.”)
Q: In a screenplay, the discussion is so brief. When you write a screenplay, what do your notes mean to you?
DD: A screenplay is a bastard thing. It’s a step from the writer’s head to the director’s head. I would write a different screenplay if I were also directing than if I was writing a screenplay for someone else to direct. The screenplay is an advertisement for the film. You try to create just the right mood, without calling the shots. Poetically, you’re just trying to create the mood, give the images. When I write, I do the screenplay as an ad for the movie for someone else. The director’s job is to parcel out the information in order to create the mood he wants from the screenplay. If there’s an amazing image, you put it in, but generally the screenplay is just to create the mood for the director. The director has to unpack the screenplay. And on a movie, generally, shooting will cover 4-5 pages a day.

Q: Do you ever get excited about disrupting the three-act structure?
DD: When I was younger, I though most forms were arbitrary; they have integrity to me now. I just start writing, I don’t think in terms of acts. I ask, “Is this idea big enough or not big enough?” Sometimes it feels like the right length to be a movie. In a three act structure, the set up naturally falls into place.

Q: What about people who try to change the three-act structure? Is there any hope for them?
DD: A good story is going to play, but it might be tough commercially.

Q: Did the X-Files end because the characters had nothing left to say?
DD: NO! That’s really funny [Then he acts this out to great laughs.]
A: TV is by its nature inorganic. There is no reason for anything to be 205 hours long. With the success of the show, there came the demand for more stories. Sometimes you hit, and sometimes you miss. I often though of Dickens while doing the show, for I could see the pressure to end the chapters with cliffhangers. A TV show has 5 acts, due to 5 sets of commercials.
So you have to watch a 5-act show, and each act has to have an end, and that forces you to tell the story in a certain way. One of the best lessons I got from the show, as a writer, is to always make it dramatic and complicated.

Q: Is there a particular episode that you are most proud of? And do you believe in aliens?
DD: I have different emotions that I attach to different episodes, due to things going on in my life at that time. I liked Triangle; my favorite is – [pauses, says he doesn’t know the name of the episodes, says “one is trying to exhibit humility”, and then with some help from folks from the Haven, names Jose Chung]. I liked anything that Darrin Morgan wrote. I liked Vince’s Small Potatoes.
Do I believe in aliens? Probably not. I don’t believe we’re the only life in the universe, but I don’t think there’s been any contact. (He then made a joke that this belief was like “Ship of Fools,” that aliens come and take away only our worst sex offenders, and put them on the ships.)

Q: Do you have a dog named Blue, and was it named for the monster in Quagmire?
DD: Yes. But he’s not named for the monster. The dog is still alive.

Q: Hollywood AD makes fun of Hollywood, and religious ideas. Do you see any similarities now to the DaVinci Code?
DD: I’ve never read the DaVinci Code. When Hollywood AD came out, I was sued for plagiarism. Someone had sent in a script, which is never read by anyone at Fox, by the way, claiming that were three points of similarity. I remember that, when I talked to the lawyers to make a defense, how hard it was to describe the creative process in writing the script. Months later, Fox settled for a couple of thousand dollars. I was disappointed, because I really wanted to be vindicated. Now, it’s funny to read how the author of the DaVinci Dode is also getting sued. It’s a fertile area – the tradition of Christ, the Bible.

Q: You have a sense of irony in making fun of Hollywood in Hollywood AD.
DD: At the 7th year of the series, we could do anything. We could make it funny. We couldn’t have done it in the first few years.

Q: You seem to have great joy in telling a story. Have you ever thought of writing [a book?]
DD: No. I’ve worked so hard to get competence in my life, and I started late. I’m still catching up, but I now think that I have a certain amount a competence in writing for film. [Pauses] Ideas just announce themselves. If you’re lucky, they’ll come often. The idea will announce itself in its own form. You have to ask the question, “is this a movie?” Your task is to figure out what form the idea should be in.

Q: Did you write The TV Set?
DD: No, just acting. Be there tomorrow. [Referring to its screening at Tribecca]

Q: Do you have a production company?
DD: Yes.
Q: Will you be writing the next X-Files movie?
DD: Not writing it – Chris will write and direct it. They’re having some legal and money problems, but all want to do it.

Q: I read screenplays on the net all the time, and I find that lots of screenplays in Hollywood are lazy. How do you reconcile the literary, intellectual tendency to the visual medium?
DD: It’s not a medium, it’s a marketplace. You’re trying to capture a series of images to give you feeling. You need to think about pleasing an audience due to market pressures. And you try to honor the form the idea wants to take.

Q: Was it difficult to take the helm as the director on the X-Files?
DD: I was lucky to be educated by osmosis for the first five years. I learned form – form is all important. I can’t take credit for the look of an episode’s direction in the X-Files – it was already set. I knew that everyone around me could get it done, even if I made mistakes.

Q: Which artist has influenced you the most?
DD: I think of movies like music. Certainly Brando, who is always a revelation. Coppola, P.T. Anderson.

Q: In the Unnatural, you see the influence of the Twilight Zone, in that there is morality to it. Science Fiction can do this.
DD: Science fiction can be allegorial in a way that regular fiction can’t. I loved Star Trek, where the basic lesson was: be good to each other. I’m a moralist. I want to tell people how to behave. But I didn’t read science fiction when growing up, and I’m not a fan of science fiction.

Festival de Tribecca em 26 de abril de 2006
WNBC (NBC's New York affiliate station) is a TFF sponsor so they've been featuring TFF news on all local news broadcasts and other NBC shows. This morning on Today in New York (the local version of Today), they had a segment on last night's party. They showed the Seinfelds, Jeff Goldblum, Ed Burns and others, but the only 2 who spoke were Walter Cronkite and DD who said he has "a soft spot" for this festival and for New York City.

Look for coverage on NBC owned properties like Access Hollywood. This weekend's edition is about the festival.

DD's appearance on TONY DANZA -04/2005
. . . was short but sweet. Looked great! Wearing a long-sleeved
brown knit shirt over a black one, and jeans. Hair was combed
to the side and looked FINE! Tony presented him with a Knicks
basketball jersey, which DD proceeded to pull on OVER his
brown shirt. DAMN, for a moment I thought he was going to
pull the brown one off first, and we'd see some skin ! No
such luck. Anyway, his segment ended with him out in the
street shooting baskets. The audience would win movie
tickets from Fandango if DD could get 5 baskets in 30 seconds -
he got them in 20 seconds! He was shooting them FAST, not
taking a moment to think, just one after another; looked like
he was having fun. He ended the bit with a 3-pointer!
The earlier interview was noteworthy to me for one thing:
everytime DD would say anything even the tiniest bit risque,
such as going 'commando' when he wore that kilt years ago,
Tony would figuratively back-pedal and change the subject.
Considering how happy other hosts like Letterman and Conan
get when DD goes on an innuendo rampage, Danza's
behavior was really jarring. I guess I'm just not used to Danza.
Nice article in Phila Evening Bulletin 30 DE ABRIL DE 2005
In the weekend edition of The Evening Bulletin is a nice article from the roundtable David did when he was in Phila. They aren't online so pick it up if you are around town. Or I have some copies too.
I'll transcribe it over the weekend but here is an interesting part.
I'm fairly certain the question part is not exactly what David is answering though.

" Have you adjusted to not playing Fox Mulder now? Would you consider playing him now?

Possibly, but it's like- that's the kind of movie that I'm not so interested in doing at this point. I know I'd learn a lot doing it, having to keep track of all those toys. A big budget action picture, I'd be forced to learn big budget action film. I guess maybe I would be interested. I think I gravitate towards movies more like this. So it wouldn't be something I'd instinctively go after. I actually think Chris Carter wants to direct the next one, so I also probably wouldn't be able to.

It took awhile [to get over playing Mulder]. When you work that kind of specifically on that one character for so long. I was Mulder more than I was David for so long, in terms of hours. That's not healthy."

I wish he would stop saying that CC directing thing though and let my live in my happy state of denial a while longer!

There is a picture too, of him on the set of HOD , directing.

David's naughty humor...
Sorry, had to share. I just managed to get my XF outtakes up and running (courtesy of Tud, thank you, thank you, thank you), and there are quite a few scenes from Hollywood A.D. Anyway, in one scene David is trying to get a certain reaction out of Gillian, and it looks like she's getting a little bored with the scene.

It's from the autopsy scene, and Mulder's line is something like, "Cheer up Scully, Tea Leoni is going to be playing you in the movie." Each time, Gillian can't quite hit the right note. So after about five takes of this, David comes to his part in the scene and says, "Cheer up Scully, Tea Leoni is going to be eating your..." I think you can finish that sentence. Needless to say, Gillian's reaction changes substantially, and both she and the crew start cracking up after David calls cut.

Anyway, I'm wondering if DD did this a lot on the set. Seems like it would be helpful to freshen up a scene that's gone stale after a lot of takes.
I love David's humor!! really! all the crew always said that! I am sure it's a real pleasure to work with him!! (Gillian too have sometimes a naughty humor like that!!) (Scully fan)

was a wonderful fan story one time about The Unnatural.When
DD was directing and starring in those last wonderful scenes with
GA---and,as the fan put it,DD suddenly busted a really lewd move
on GA---and everyone ended up laughing---and that move was
DD's thrusting his crotch into GA's backside as if.............you can
fill in the rest.Evidently,the fans that were watching the filming of
this scene were really surprised,but it then became evident that
it was certainly all in fun and meant to keep everyone involved
relaxed---and,as it turned out,GA was delighted with those terrific
end scenes that were filmed and ultimately used in this episode.
It was typical DD naughty humor---but it obviously worked---just
like the one that you described!!!
Of course he did the same thing to Michael McKean from Dreamland too in some bloopers I've seen. That must be a favorite move of David's....

He did the same thing with Mitch Pileggi too...with a belt around Mitch's head!!
Does anyone else have the outtakes from "Signs and Wonders" where Scully and Mulder go into the church? They pull out their flashlights and then the dialogue goes like this in 2 different takes.

Mulder: "Scully, squat down."
Scully: "What?"
Mulder: "Scully, squat down, so I can ride you out like a pony."

Quite interesting dialogue wouldn't you say? DD says that last line with slightly different inflection during the second take like it's an actual line and he's trying to decide on the best way to say it. Why in the world would that line be in the script? Doesn't it sound kinda dirty?

He also gets tickled while saying a line in "Sanguinarium". He and Scully are in the doctor's house and looking at the pentagram on the floor and his line contains the words 'goat of lust' and DD starts laughing into the camera, and they have to start over. You can tell where his mind is most of the time.

I remember seeing the outtake from the blooper reel (Ghost in the Machine I think) where they are stuck in the elevator. GA pretends to kneel down and give DD a 'BJ' and he pretends to zip up his trousers when she gets up, wipes her mouth and walks away laughing. He's laughing too of course.
The paper ran the LaSalle (?) interview (from the SF Chronicle) and gave it a C rating, but there were no print ads in the paper and no trailers on TV that I ever saw. And the theater didn't even have a poster up anywhere.

You know, I caught the very last showing here, just me, myself, and I until part-way through, but I'll say more about that later.

When I was buying my ticket I spoke to the ticket agent and said, "I don't know who brought the movie here, but I'm glad you guys did." The manager was kind of standing in the doorway of the ticket booth and she said, "It's a great movie!"

Sobre David com o Principe charles em Londres.
The next day is spent at a concert in Hyde Park called, quite simply,
"the party in the park"...it is to benefit the Prince's Trust...there are
millions of people here...the performers are but a speck ...but thanks
to the large screens we can see them....but somehow I feel that lots of
people can see the same thing sitting in their living rooms...the highlight
would have to be Tom Jones....although he is a bit of an old fart,
and has a greasy, vegas like image in America, over there he is a
phenomenon....he is worshipped like a god....and although nearing 60
at least, he has amazing stage presence and puts on one hell of a
show....he certainly put Lionel Richie to shame.....at one point Paul
grabs me and says, look over there, pointing....after scanning the faces
seated, I finally spot Prince Charles...wow...there he is!!! and he is
talking to David Duchovny in a very animated fashion...hmmm...I can
only imagine how big an x-files fan Prince Charles must be..... Paul is
now bringing me a humongous veggie burger covered with sprouts....I
have never seen anything like this is North Carolina...that is for sure.
.....that night we have tickets to RENT which I have really been looking
forward to....[...] we call a cab and head to the theatre....we have seats
in the balcony right off the left side of the stage...I am enthralled by
the performance..esp. of the girl playing MIMI....the guy who plays
Mark was in Dazed and Confused...and Jesse Martin is in it too...
(black guy from Ally McBeal who sings like an angel)....it was
awesome...I can't quit singing "I WANT TO GO O-----UT TONIGHT"
but Paul professes it to be "not very catchy music-wise" and
proclaims it "won't last" ...wonder who was right there...*ahem*
<==="I was nervous sitting next to him, but he was a really cool guy. He said he had watched X-Files but found the plots a bit convoluted and couldn't always understand them. But he told me he is an original Trekkie. I asked him if he watched The Next Generation and Star Trek: Voyager. He said he didn't -- he just loves the original episodes. In fact, he says that when it's repeated on the TV he'll always try and sit down and watch it." "Charles is a Trekkie." People Online. Internet. July 1998.

JAY LENO: apresentação de 2000, quando ele dançou e cantou.
I'm not sure who caught the egg that he tossed into the audience, but he
gave another egg to a fan, who later visited the set & had him sign it.
She posted about it on AFDD:

on 2000/02/27, milagro6x18 wrote:
You don't have to send ahead for tickets... I was there last time David
was on.. (David gave me the egg!!!!) and we just waited in line all day...
We were front row, so don't worry if you don't get them, you have
to wait in line pretty much all day even if they do send them to you.
It's soooooo worth it! I'll be there! (again) I can't wait!

on 2000/02/26, trust_no1 (same person as milagro6x18) wrote:
There were two eggs... (the one Leno held up) David was playing with
it after the show ended and he gave it to me. I didn't get the one you
see being tossed to the audience during the show... When I showed it to
David a couple of months ago, on the set... he thought it was cool that
we kept it. He told me to "hold onto that egg"! It was awsome!!!!

Algumas opiniões e cenas preferidas de House of D:
amazingly got to see HoD the other day and it has rapidly shot to the top section of my list of fave films EVER!

what an amazing piece of work - it has every component of a brilliant film imo - it made me laugh, cringe, cry: I sobbed my heart out!

as my best friend ( a BIG critic when it comes to this kinda thing) put it, there are some images u see in ur life that haunt u and get stuck in your memory....and i think that seeing tommy curled up under the hospital bed while the doctors worked on his mum was the most memorabe scene in the film...it broke my heart...

and then there's the slow motion bit of his mom when he walks back into the apartment - she looks so beautiful in those shots - especially playing basketball...

this film was about 50times better than i ever could have imagined - and i just wish i could leg it up to david and tell him what an AMAZINGLY BRILLIANT job he's done, and just how proud he should be....i cant say it enough...

so i guess i wanna hear about everyone's opinions, and everyone's fave scenes, fave characters, fave lines, fave everything....ooh, and fave songs - i think mine are as follows:

scene: in the hospital, saying goodbye to his mom.
character: Kathy
lines: 'i took a sedative....and i wanna go to bedative', or 'wow, i dunno what brussels was thinking letting these things go'
song: 'I'll Be Loving You (Always)'
Every time I hear "Sweet Melissa," I think of House of D.

Scene that took my breath away: Adult Tommy in the courtyard ... in the rain. No words.

I was really impressed with Anton Yelchin's performance, as well as Erykah Badu's. Their scenes together were amazing. I love the one when he comes to speak with her, and she says, "My little man!" So sweet. When they finally met face-to-face 30 years later, and DD playing the role now--that scene in the courtyard, when its raining, and Thomas lifts his hands in the air, and says, "I don't have to run anymore..." That's some powerful stuff.

Tommy playing basketball with his mom in the apartment.

The scene in the hospital after Tommy takes his mom off life support is shocking, and definitely cry-worthy.

Of course, I have my fave DD scenes: on the bicycle in Paris, and wearing nothing but a towel and shaving. :sigh:

Favorite songs are "Harmony" by Elton John, "Melissa" by the Allman Brothers, and "As" by Stevie Wonder.

Scenes that I loved: the basketball scene, shades of my own momhood there.

Tommy drawing under his mom's bed at night.

Tommy dropping the pieces of paper out the classroom window to where Pappass was sitting. Just a quiet little scene but so touching to me somehow.

I loved all the music and I so hope they put out a soundtrack cd.And Maddy, the song you liked is actually called "As" (even though it repeats the phrase "I'll Be Loving You Always" so many times). That's in case you ever want to track it down. It's on Stevie Wonder's album "Songs in the Key of Life". It was one of my all time favorites before I ever saw HoD, and it blew me away to hear it at the end of the movie!

-the moment Argent's 'Hold Your Head Up' came on I was 'transported' back to my own early teen years - there is something about music, it has the ability to pour me back in time and I feel/smell it all over again. The humor was so teenage-boy funny - I went with friends who have 'given up' on most bit Hollywood production type movies and I'm glad to say they all fell in love with this film. I was a little nervous bringing them - they see my XF/DD obesession as being - well - rather obsessive and a little outside of normal - Robin was also just spot on with Pappas - I've only seen one other performance that equals this brilliance (ie playing someone who is cognitively delayed) and that was, of all people, (I'm not a big fan of his) Leonardo DiCapprio in 'What's Eating Gilbert Grape'. I've worked with people/kids like both these characters (as has the couple who came with us) and the performance was real. I loved the scene where Pappas gives Tommy all the pieces of his Bible he had saved - and on and on......I can't wait to buy the dvd and see it again.

Here I am again. I went to see HoD this afternoon. I was too nervous to wait till tomorrow.
There weren’t too many people in the theater but then again, it was only 3 pm.

I thought it was an entertaining little movie. Not the best film I’ve ever seen but not at all what all the critics were saying about it. It has it flaws. I found it too fragmented and a bit awkward at times but it had a lot of funny moments as well as touching ones. I liked the adolescent humor and the relationship between Tommie and Melissa was endearing. All in all I enjoyed watching HoD. It wasn’t too American (as in sentimental or sirupy) for my taste. I think David did a great job with his first movie. And his French wasn’t all that bad either.

Publicity-wise things are handled better here than in the US. I saw a lot of big movie posters (same as the DVD cover) in all the main Brussels metro stations. How about that?

I hope that other European countries will follow now. Why should it play only in my tiny country?

Speaking of Julia has two lovers....

David Duchovny's Monologue from his SNL appearance....

David Duchovny: Thank you. Thank you. It's great -- it's great to be here hosting "Saturday Night Live". As you can probably guess, they've been trying to get me to host the show for years. Like when my hit movie, "Julia Has Two Lovers", came out.

[ woman in audience yells "Whoo!" ]

Thank -- thank -- thank you. They kept calling, and I figured, "Sure." I'll do the big "Julia Has Two Lovers" sketch that everyone's waiting for, and then what? So I figured, let me get one more hit under my belt, then I'll do the show. Sure enough - boom! - the next year, I'm starring in "Venice, Venice."

[ woman in audience yells "Whoo!" ]

Thank you. Thank you. Perfect. So I'm ready to do the show, we're trying to set a date. And then, wouldn't you know it - guess who gets a call to star in "The Rapture".

[ woman in audience yells "Whoo!" ]

Thank you. Hardly a movie you want to turn down. But one thing led to another, I do a movie, "Denial", and of course, "New Year's Day". And here I am. [ a beat ] Oh yeah, yeah, yeah, I'm also on "The X-Files".

[ audience cheers wildly ]

But, that's just to pay the rent until "New Year's Day II" comes out.....

I'm not sure about the lowenbrau commercial, but you can see the Seagrams Wine Cooler commercial in the video archives at Duchovny.net. He did that shortly after I think. I know it's not the same thing, but it's close...

Tavis: And in the middle of working on your Ph.D., we look up and see you in a Lowenbrau commercial.

Duchovny: Yeah, yeah.

Tavis: What happened? You were supposed to be Dr. Duchovny, and you're pitchin' Lowenbrau.

Duchovny: Yeah, I don't know. You sound like my mom now.

Tavis: Ha ha ha! And while I'm on that soundin' like your mom, what ever happened to Lowenbrau? Did you like kill off the campaign? I have not seen a Lowenbrau commercial since you were in the Lowenbrau commercial.

Duchovny: I was instrumental in destroying the Lowenbrau profile. No, I just—I had been told by a friend of mine—-you know, I was in between seasons of graduate school, academic years, and I was gonna get a job bartending or something that would give me a little money over the year, and he was an actor, and he said, you know, if you get a commercial, you can—you can live all year on that if you get one, and I tried all summer long to get a commercial, and I finally—I got one on the last day of the summer, and it was the Lowenbrau commercial, and it was a terrible experience for me 'cause it was the first time in front of a camera, and I just—I completely froze up. Completely. And, you know, obviously, I did the same for Lowenbrau sales....

If they were filming in that neighborhood for 3 days, they were
probably filming the *other* baseball field scenes -- the ones set
in the past, with Exley & the Grays & the KKK on horses. Those
scenes would have taken more than 1 night to film. In contrast,
the Mulder/Scully baseball scene was shot in just 1 day (3-19-99).
The Exley scenes were shot at a different location than the M/S
scene, which was shot in the Cheviot Hills Recreation Center
right across the street from the Fox lot (see pic). Unless this
friend lives near the Fox lot, it was probably the Exley scenes
that were being filmed in that neighborhood, not the M/S scene.
(Not that it wouldn't also have been cool to see the Exley scenes
being filmed!)

location of the M/S baseball scene, shot on 3-19-99:

DD na Ellen em 05 10 2005
Just saw him.
He did very well...as expected.
He looked his normal self...no beard except for movie clip.
Talked about talking with Miller and Miller s reactions... Miller sounds like such a cute kid.
He showed clip from end of show where he cries...with Erica Badu. I was surprised they picked that clip where he cries.
Well, I thought he cried well.
It was a good interview.
But then, I Always love DD s interviews

David looked wonderful in dark jeans, no grommet, a chocolate brown shirt and hair combed forward. He seemed relaxed and comfortable with Ellen and they talked a LOT about the triathlon.

Ellen showed triathlon photos of David ~ one in the wetsuit as he was leaving the water, (he mentioned the difficulty of changing out of a wet wetsuit and hoping he remembered to put on his Speedo ... and demonstrated a bit) one of him putting on the yellow and green shirt and one of him sitting on the ground in the speedo, behind a bike looking nearly nude. THAT photo drew applause from the audience. David said "thanks, I appreciate the applause, but that looks ridiculous."

David described the triathlon and the 2O+ mile bike ride, half-mile swim in the ocean and four-mile run. Ellen asked how old he was and he said 45 and they talked about writing contestants' ages on their thighs. David thought he was doing ok until he saw a guy with a 62 on his thigh zoom past him.

Then he demonstrated how he thought he was "high-stepping" while he was running, until he saw the photos which looked like, he said, "the old-man run." He demonstrated both.

Ellen asked him about his time and he said 1:47 and she said "oh, you did that all in one day?" He laughed and said he came in seventh (more applause) ... out of 15 in the celebrity division. An actor named Tate Donovan won.

Ellen asked if he trained for the triathlon and he said he doesn't train. She asked if he runs and David said no, but he does swim. She also commented about how he must be limber and asked if he does yoga and he said he's been doing yoga for years, but it doesn't help him become limber. He said he's the only one for whom yoga doesn't work. IMO, he must be doing something right because he looks GREAT.

Ellen held up a photo of David and Tea from the HoD premiere and asked how long they'd been married. He said 8 years. Then she asked about the kids and he said they were 6 and 3; "West is my girl and Miller." Ellen mentioned the kids being called by their middle names and David said Madelaine West and Kyd Miller. Ellen said "He sounds like a boxer." David feins jabbing moves.

... Tells a Miller story. "You know how young kids can whine? Well, I'm not good with that and I come down a little hard on him sometimes. So we were having breakfast one day and he says, 'Daddy, you don't like it when I whine, do you?' I say, 'No, I have a problem with that.' He says, 'Well, I'm just sitting here eating my green beans.' (David looks surprised, perplexed) A couple of days later, you know how kids like to repeat things, he says again, "Daddy, you don't like it when I whine?' So now I'm on script and I say, 'No I have a problem with it' and he says 'We'll have to work on that.' I said 'OK, buddy, whatever you say.' (Proud as a daddy and bemused)

Ellen and goes to commercial.
ELLEN outubro de 2005
Back from commercial and Ellen says "We're here with actor, writer, director David Duchovny whose film 'House of D' came out on DVD yesterday."

She asks if the film is autobiographical, he says as far as being set in the 1970s in New York, yes, cuz that's when and where he grew up and he mentions his job delivering meat. Then he sets up the clip with Erykah Badu at the end of the movie ... in the courtyard. (lots of applause)

Back from the clip, he says "You wouldn't know it from the clip, but it's a comedy."

Then back to the triathlon. Ellen asks if he'll do it again. David says yes, he enjoys it and it benefits pediatriac AIDS. (more applause)

Ellen then asks if he'd like to compete with Tate Donovan on her show in something David's good at and suggests basketball. David says yeah, but he doesn't know if Tate's good at basketball. He wants to compete with him at something David's good at, but Tate's bad at, because it's ON now, he says... this is war. He wants to defeat Tate Donovan at SOMETHING. LOL.

Ellen thanks him for coming ...

I watched until the end, just in case he does a bit like the last time he was on ... with Blue, but nothing.

Also, the much-promoted surprise Ellen was supposed to give him, never happened. Another guest received a surprise.

I think I remembered most of it with just one viewing and on less than three hours of sleep.

Also, everyone in the audience got a copy of HoD on DVD. And Ellen asked him if Tea did triathalon things with him, and he said she doesn't exercise, she's one of those people with a fast metabolism that's irritating for everyone else.

One more thing to add-they played Bree Sharp's song as DD walked in!

I watched it and I found David very relaxed and he looks so gorgeousely young That was a nice interview and I just loved it when he talked about his children, always cute anecdotes
My favorite part..."Well, I'm just sittin' here eating my green beans." So cute. I love when he talks about his kids too.
but the gutter I'm in is all about what appendage he might knock the water over with. Followed by said appendage stretching if it has to.

Opinioes de fãs sobre House of D

You know, when I saw the movie in a crowded theater it was a totally different experience than when I watched the DVD alone in my living room. Alone the flaws were obvious. In the theater, not so much. By the third time I saw it in a theater a lot of them had made themselves apparent, of course, and the fact that the first two times was followed by David appearing before me in person might have colored my reaction just a little bit.

But the point I'm making is that moviegoing is supposed to be a communal experience. How you feel about and react to a movie is greatly influenced by how the people around you are reacting. It's you and a bunch of strangers being taken on a journey together. And the community with which I saw House of D laughed and cried and had a good time. Together.

But movie reviewers see the films alone, so they completely miss this aspect of a film. They get hung up on the script, or the cinematography, or the improbability of a kid talking to a prisoner four floors up, and there's no one around to get them off that subject, and it's all they see.

Personally, I don't think movie reviewers should be allowed to see films in advance all by themselves. Theater critics don't get a private performance for the purposes of their review; they have to see it with an audience, like everyone else. Movie critics should be the same.

I'm not sure, but I don't believe movie reviewers generally see a film all alone. They see advanced screenings so that their reviews can appear in the paper the day the movie opens. But the advanced screenings, I believe, will include lots of people, not just critics. Sometimes radio stations, or magazines or newspapers will give away tickets to advance screenings. I had a friend who worked in radio and frequently free passes to advanced screenings were available to the people who worked there, or whoever they wanted to give them to.

That said, it probably is not the same as seeing the film with a totally paying audience. But then it is no more artifical than watching the film with a crowded theater of amped-up DD fans like the screenings you saw where David appeared afterwards. Meaning, that is probably not the ideal setting for a truly objective viewing of a film either (assuming it's possible to have an objecting viewing. ).

I'm not sure the theater model is any better. All the critics go to one performance -- the first performance and the pressure on that one night is intense. Even if there have been preview performances before the opening night, that first night is bound to be shaky and yet all the reviews come from that one show, even if the play will run for weeks or months.

Well i saw HoD the second day also at the Phila Film Festival. David was not there for a Q & A on the second showing of the film. . A few of us stayed around for the next day, but this was mostly the general film festival crowd. The film got a round of appluse at the end. There was much laughter and some sobs in all the right places. Even the night that DD was there i'd say that out of the 400 people maybe there were 75 fans that were there. House of D was in the top 10 most watched films at the festival. I believe it came in at #7. Here is a picture of the crowd waiting to get into House of D at Philly film festival
You're definitely right about that. However, one thing I noticed is that film festival audiences seem to be different than regular theater audiences. The two times I saw HoD in the theater after it opened were a much different experience than when I saw it at the Philly Film Fest. It was my first film festival, and frankly, I was surprised by how much the audience reacted. I don't think I'd ever gone to a movie before where the audience was so loud and exuberant. I'm not exactly sure what my point is here. I think I'm just trying to say that film festival goers seem to be a little different than your average movie-watcher.

__Maybe the critics for our local papers sees their movies this way, but the major reviewers? The Roger Eberts, Owen Gliebermans, the Gene Shalits, the A.O. Scotts, etc.? They get private screenings--if anyone else is there, it's a few fellow "special" reviewers. The reviewers with the most influence usually flat-out refuse to see a film with the riff-raff known as the general public.

And that's a shame, if you ask me. It's unfair to the audiences being influenced by their reviews, and it's unfair to the reviewers, too, because they're not experiencing the movies in the way they are meant to be experienced.

I wish the studios would start refusing them their preferential treatment. But they won't do that, because the opening weekend makes or breaks movies these days, so they can't possibly jeopardize Friday box office by allowing the reviews to come out on Saturday (if they think the movie is good, of course). Ah well, it's an imperfect system, and as a result, movies get unfairly savaged (and also sometimes, no doubt, baffingly over-praised).________________

DD na Ellen em 2005

The audience applauded and hooted when that picture was shown, and David said he appreciated the applause, but he thought the picture looked ridiculous.

He didn't really answer Ellen's question about the naked triathlon directly. But he did describe how it's hard to get out of a wetsuit, and that he was just hoping he remembered to put his speedo on underneath and that his a** wasn't hanging out.

You can get a clip of the show at Duchovny.net.
Um programa sobre papparazi e mostraram david na lua de mel.
I think that the coffee David threw was just a cup...without coffee. I mean I taped this show in hopes to see David FLIP out and really THROW the coffee at her. That was not a throw...that wasn't even an under hand pitch in a little league of...softball. I had to rewind it about three times and laugh as I saw it because it doesn't even look like it hit the woman...it's like it hit the ground and that cup 'floated' it's way down to the pavement because I seriously saw it glide...

The one at the end is David and I've never seen it before (like lots of David sightings) but he looked cute. Yeah...he looked a little mad...but let's face it, he didn't throw the football or even try to.

I understand how crazy these people are and how...they seem to have no control over themselves when it comes to getting footage of celebrities, but if I were one of them, David would not even scare me... Maybe Tommy Lee...what he did would shake me a bit, but David showed his discomfort and his annoyed face, but he stayed pretty cool in my opinion.