Bucky Fucking Dent the Movie David Duchovny

BUCKY FUCKING DENT THE MOVIE and a Little Duchovniac Secret

Tuesday October 17, 2017 10am Vancouver time. 1pm New York time.

One hour into my flight, listening to Bucky Fucking Dent via audible books. The sound of David Duchovny’s voice enhances the story.

Bucky Fucking Dent

I struggle to stay focused. Every few seconds a beverage cart or passenger in full pee pee walk bumps the elbow.

I hear the chapter when Marty is trying to suck the demons out of young Ted. In my mind I am casting the movie. Danny Boyle and Alex Karas? Odd pairing but I see/hear them in the characters.

My mind wanders to a truth I have shared with few. We have gathered a subset of diehard X-Files fans, with a few diehard Californication fans, with a few that love all the name sake of this blog kicks out. I like the movie DIEHARD.  Now a few of us are jet setting around the world to hear this guy sing?

What I really want, more than anything, is BUCKY FUCKING DENT The Movie.

I have known this project to be in the works for weeks but I was told by a little birdie (or puppy, was it not Brick) that the cat is out of the bag.

My wife keeps telling me I could play Ted. He’s overweight. I’m a bit beyond ‘Hollywood fat’ right now and into second banana range so I would never even ask for an audition. Perhaps for the avant garde live action of Holy Cow, I could play Shalom. I am losing weight for the 50 hours of air travel round trip to Australia in February, so maybe…

My mind wanders further.

Is David Duchovny the first to have ACTOR as his day job while pursuing his art?

While music is his passion project, to me, becoming a writer/director seems to be his true calling.

We only have a few gems to base this statement, but how many out there consider The  UNNATURAL one of the best X-Files episodes ever? (Not just for the Mulder / Scully shippy moments at the end.)

To top that here is my little secret. HOUSE OF D is one of my favorite movies of all time. HOUSE OF D is when I became a Duchovniac. (Holy crap I am tearing up editing this blog now – through consciousness side bar notes as editor a first? WTF)

In truth a diehard X-Files fan, I was never a Phile. As a diehard Star Wars and Star Trek fan I was never truly a fanboy or trekkie. I mean I never gave a crap about fandom activities, stars outside of their projects, comic cons, meet & greets, etc.

I respect the craft and finished product and have no desire to know artists as anything but real people should I be so lucky to meet and befriend. I certainly had no desire to create false realities or fantasies about what artists might really be like. Perhaps as an artist I respect the veil of reality and performance more than most. I DETEST online gossip about artists, other fans etc. Most of you have heard or read my thoughts on these abhorrent activities.

That whole world to me destroys movie magic. I can still enjoy a Tom Cruise movie by not thinking about his nutty links to Scientology. (Travolta affected reality acting makes it harder outside of musical projects.) I can still palate Mel Gibson and others. I can even sit through an old episode of Cosby until the first commercial. And if we were to boycott every project Harvey Weinstein or a certain Trump cabinet member, my video library would be near empty.

THAT BEING SAID….

HOUSE OF D is the first time I met David. My wife had attended a few screenings of the movie at Sony Lincoln Center. Laurice was there for a Q&A I believe. I happened to tag along one of the times David was allowing photos and signatures after. I offered David a couple tickets to our Comedy Show. They have yet to be redeemed, but I don’t take it personally. They expired years ago but we would still honor them this weekend. Or next… Or…. I digress…

Meeting David was special. He was incredibly humbled that folks came to see his movie. As with the music now, most were there as X-Files fans first.

This was the day I became a Duchovniac, even though the term was not coined until 2015, and in many ways, I just recently realize this fact fully.

HOUSE OF D is very stirring in a very simplistic way. If you know anything about acting, directing and producing, apparent simple qualities take a huge amount of thought and preparation. Minimalistic theater requires far more from the performing artist to tell the story. Broad stokes paint a clearer picture but subtle complexities take craft. There is nothing simple about appearing simple on stage or screen.

Narrating the opening sequence brings X-Files fans into a familiar world of hearing David’s voice launch a story.

Telling the story through the eyes of two children –a young teen (Anton Chechin) and the child-like mentally challenged friend (Robin Williams)– allows us to enter the world of downtown Manhattan the way we enter the underwater world of Little Mermaid. We relax our minds. Seeing preteens giggle and playing stick ball and making fun of their French teacher and fearing the priest’s wrath and various forms of interaction with girls all lower our guards.

HOUSE OF D has the sweetest on camera scene between a convicted woman and a teen learning to dance. All the scenes between Erica and Anton are riveting. Levels of slowly fading nuanced sweetness with growing despair as each scene progresses. These scenes pit a boy who is relatively naïve – despite dealing with the loss of a father and the failing health of his mother –  against a woman who perhaps has seen more than any human should have to endure at any age. Is she a hooker, drug addict and murderer? There is so much going on that is not said or shown. If you have ever studied circumstances as an actor (Stanislovsky and most of the NY schools in realism) you can only imagine all the back story not in the script. SUBTEXT!!!

As the story reveals more of the darkness these children’s lives the walls are down.  Consequently, the tears flow. When the mother, so amazing underplayed (as brash New Yorkers go) by Tea Leoni, drops her hand limp, the heart fully drops from the chest.

As the flip book story suggests the movie comes full circle, with David playing the grown-up Anton, now with wife and child of his own. All worked out. We can survive tragedy. We can find hope in the worst loss. We can find love out of the darkest places.

Of course, now, thinking of this movie brings additional tears thinking of Anton and Robin PAP ASSS!!!

That is the best part of any quality artistic creation. Time and Circumstance change how we approach the work. Ah, Circumstance (Is my pseudo-method-actor-self sneaking into this blog too much?)

I know many of you have as well. I hope that someone besides Philes that have already seen HOUSE OD D reads this blog and gives the movie a shot. If for nothing else you are missing a very special Robin Williams performance.

I have been waiting for another “written and directed by David Duchovny” film or TV project for 10 years now. Ever since I was told – and sworn to secrecy – about this next big project, I have been a kid on Christmas morning.

We are beyond hope now and into eager anticipation mode. You read my blog about your music in 2015. I hope you get a chance to read this.

HOUSE OF D was the spiritual beginning of the Duchovniacs. Please give us more. Your style is so sweet and endearing without pulling punches on the drama. A modern Elia Kazan and Arthur Miller in one with less a tad less ire. Your characters’ spines have less hate for this world but they are no less real. Perhaps more so.

Two hours into our flight home to New York. Just passed Leech Lake (19km SW of us now) according to map. Back to BUCKING FUCKING DENT on tape.

BUCKY FUCKING DENT THE MOVIE and a Little Duchovniac Secret

SHOOK AF after watching NYCC 2018 X-Files Trailer

SHOOK AF after watching NYCC 2018 X-Files Trailer

FIRST OF ALL I’m a bit emotional this morning after hosting such an amazing event last night. Thank you to all that came out and joined us as we hosted Mitch Pileggi and raised over $1000 for NO KID HUNGRY. Mitch is amazing on screen and in person in every thing he does and did more than anyone would expect to make every single guest feel warm and welcome. I will have an entire post for that. I had intended to write that this morning but I’m having a moment…

SHOOK AF after watching NYCC 2018 X-Files Trailer

SO I perhaps play coy with MSR but judging the happy tears as I hear “Kissing Close” I suppose I am officially a shipper.

Or perhaps I’m just back in that place I always go when my favorites projects of my youth come back to tease us and reward us for our loyalty over the years.

I have similar feelings for Star Wars and Justice League movies coming out in the next few months, but at some point The X-Files, the go-to show of my 20s, surpassed the childhood loves, winning  first place in my heart.

I am sure this has something to do with getting to know David and now Mitch, and freaking out Gillian in Chicago. It also perhaps something to do that so many of the shows I watch these days exist at the creative hands of X-Files Alumni, Homeland, 24, Supernatural, Breaking Bad & Saul, Man in the High Castle and Medici… and now I find out LORE is a Glen Morgan Project.  The scope of the project extends far passed its core presence.

So waking up this morning I finally saw the trailer everyone was talking about last night. With a passionate hate for NYCC (bless all of you that dealt with that line yesterday, but my fat ass is done with that) I missed the panel. As I type this blog I am listening to the panel via youtube and every few seconds that welping tears of joy emotional response is stirs. HANUKKAH GELT – Good one David…. (He just said that in this moment as I type – can this be anymore stream of consciousness. And this is why I love David’s books. YADA YADA YADA ah the 1990s…)

I’M SHOOK AF

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I am blown away by this trailer. There are so many little gems that tug at the X-Files FanDome heart strings. Even the graphic of FOX becoming X got me. I’m an emotional wreck.

Is Scully going to die?

Is Skinner going to the dark side?

Are the Lone Gun Men alive or did they just upload their consciousness to the dark web?

Is Mad Men era CSM offering alien dinner before lighting up a cigarette?

SO MANY QUESTIONS… I think we need Special Agent CLIFF HANGER for this one (Another good one David. He cracks me up. See you in Vancouver in  about 135 hours)

And thank you Chris Carter for heading my cries for MORE SKINNER. That looks promising.

My only fear, except another gem from Darin Morgan, is that this is all just Eps 1 and 10 and in between anything goes. I don’t think I can handle another Babylon.

But clearly that one hiccup did not change my resolve and dedication to the cause.

See you in 2018!

And coming soon my evening with Mitch Pileggi…

Mitch Pilggie

X-Files Talk: Why 6-episode Season Every Two Years is Perfect!

Talking X-Files and Why I Think 6-episode Season is Perfect!

editorial by Walt Frasier follow via twitter @waltfrasier

I had a very interesting conversation yesterday. I was returning from set for a new HBO show filming on Long Island. Wrapped early, I had a private van ride back to Manhattan with another actor and a few stacks of costumes headed back to wardrobe in Brooklyn after our midtown drop-off.

The driver was a big sci-fi fan with a special place in his heart for X-Files. As a 1990’s teenager he watched The X-Files with his dad. (How many 30 something Philes can relate to that?) He does not watch a lot of TV now, nor has he been to the movies in three years. As a teamster driver for numerous film/TV sets and father of a 2 year old, he catches up via online streaming on his phone as shows hit Netflix, Amazon, HBO go etc – in between rides for actors like me.

While stuck in the Queens parking lot approaching the midtown tunnel, he promised to watch Season 10 the second it hits Netflix.

Excited he asked, “Are we getting more? ” “When?” He has not seen Season 10 and already asking…

My response was “yes, 2018, I think.”

So that started an entirely new discussion, one based more in our mutual knowledge of the industry.

This morning, cleaning out gmail, I stumbled across the article “David Duchovny knows the X-Files revival’s problem: Not enough of it” on AV Club. This convinced me to share the argument I made yesterday…

When you break it down all TV, film, youtube, podcasts, music, etc are “content”. Producing is all about creating content, and that has three major steps – pre-production (writing, fundraising, contracting/casting), production (filming/recording, editing, including post-production here) and distribution (marketing and getting content to you via TV, online, movie screen etc).

Philes all know about fundraising with the 2008 movie. We (most of us) wanted another big Alien Mythology episode.  Big Alien movies cost $100 million. Chris got $30 million.

It would appear the money is not there to do Star Trek or Star Wars every 2-3 years. That would take 100 million views. We delivered about 10 million.

X-FilesI think at this point in time a full X-Files series that includes David and Gillian is never going to happen. Both stars have other projects, kids and live outside LA/Vancouver. Neither is a hungry 20-30 something actor willing to give their lives 150% to a single project for 30 weeks/year.

I bet there have been numerous talks at FOX about how could one do X-Files without David & Gillian. Not that they want to cut out out faves, but how not to be held hostage by stars’ schedules and whims. But I think Seasons 8 & 9 of the original show, as well as the nature of the true fans, X-Files is all about Mulder & Scully, which can only be David & Gillian. No matter how hard Chris tries, his characters are far bigger than his stories. Slipping in some young hot look a likes was a total #FAIL in 2016, even as a joke. We are not CW types, right? So far FOX gets it. For now…

Chris really likes doing monster of the week.

The six episode season every two years makes complete sense.

Think about the intense online chatter throughout 2015 that built the audience for the January 2016 season. In 2002 we all needed a break – cast, crew and fans. 9 seasons of 20+ episodes is very hard to maintain. But by 2008 we were more than ready for more. By 2016 we were starving. By March 2016 we were “WTF?” “WE WANT MORE!” “WE WANT MORE!” “WE WANT MORE!”… rioting in the streets… Sorry, I got carried away there…

But am I the only one on February 22, 2016 at 9pm that screamed at the TV “FU MR. CARTER!!!” We are DEMANDING more…

If we could get another dose every two years like Trekkies and Fanboys (Star Wars – we need a new less sexist fan name), we would get our fix. We would be happy with a movie every two years to learn what happens with this conspiracy. But with a six episode arc Chris can have his monster of the week stories. TV is the writers medium. (Film is for directors. Stage for actors.) For TV the writer runs the show, while directors come and go. Chris can shape his baby, reflecting the times – politics, scandals etc.

Meanwhile we flock to see Gillian and David on stage – acting and singing. We flocked to David talking about his novels, most of us actually reading them. We are watching their other projects. They realize the bump all their work gets from the X-Files fandom being satisfied (strung along lol). A summer shooting X-Files every two years delivers a nice paycheck every actor wants without the burnout every actor hates and the platform every artist needs to promote their other work.

WIN-WIN-WIN!!! (Production – Cast – Fans)

Now to make this work, LISTEN UP CHRIS!!!

  • X-FILES is MULDER & SCULLY. They don’t have to be married or lovers (Speaking for myself you crazy shippers lol) but they need to be together. Girl power Scully and young protege red head was weird. After 23 years, when we see two young look a likes, we don’t think “HA HA”, we think “WTF CHRIS?”. Jilted lovers? Yes! That’s a fair analogy. You have our love but need to earn our trust. We’ve been hurt too many times.
  • X-FILES should be PERFECT for 6-episodes. NO EXCUSE for BABYLON. You don’t have to write 20 episodes pulling crap out of ass to get another week out. You have a team. Let that team play. Bring back Frank, Vince, Howard… At least consult Howard next time you take on terrorists. Call Vince regarding drugs. Those two guys could have solved all nonsense regarding s10e5. Take a cue from Lucas. You are the Genius. But let the minions translate your genius to fully flesh out a perfect script.
  • MORE SKINNER. For many – FOR ME – best moment in 2008 was Skinner showing up to save Mulder. It should have been Skinner at CSM’s mansion February 22, 2016. Mitch is all over the map promoting this project. We love Mitch. Skinner is in the opening credits, but I think he appeared less than Season 1 this year. WTF?
  • Take a moment and think of an END GAME. The “WE HAVE BEEN WRONG ALL ALONG” thing has been played out too often already. I know the point is we can never truly now the true nature of a conspiracy, hence the very nature of the conspiracy theory nut. But as I tell my 10 year old comedy students, don’t tell, SHOW! Action much more interesting than discussion for most. Artsy fartsy cerebral shit is a snore to 95% of the population, no matter how much B-Roll you flash over the monologue of crazy conspiracy nuts. Even “NEVER ENDING STORY” had an end. I have met you. And even in that brief moment, I have seen the wink behind the twinkle. I get it. Now its your turn to get it. (Only exception, the conversation between David and Rhys. THAT is how you do “Dinner with Andre” for the masses. Two amazing performers with amazing writing about real issues. Message heard and entertained at same time. I could sat through that grave yard scene if it lasted two hours.)
  • I for one would love to see a sequel to Founders Mutation. I loved Disney’s “Escape to Witch Mountain” and that brother/sister team was a fun throw back to that classic – not so much remake with Dwayne. Or the bigger point, there are a lot of unsolved cases out there from 202 episodes. Most did not get the happy ending Were-Lizard enjoyed. Tombs and Pusher got call backs. We barely got to know Kyle and Molly. Why reinvent the wheel?

So we will see you in 2018, and daily on twitter till then…

PS – EIGHT Episodes could be cool…