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Post by jade1013 on Thu 17 Dec - 4:54

David Duchovny Interviewed On Aquarius

Dr. Adrian Wong 17 December, 2015

David Duchovny Interviewed

David Duchovny, who was Agent Mulder†for almost a decade, plays Detective Sam Hodiak in the new period crime drama, Aquarius. Based on the infamous Charles Manson and ďThe Manson Familyď, the entire first season of Aquarius is now available on iflix.



Thanks to iflix, we have the ITV Studios transcript of their interview with David Duchovny on his role in Aquarius. Take a look!

David Duchovny†On Aquarius


What was your first reaction when you were approached with this? What were your†thoughts on it?

Well,†itís funny. I guess Iíve done four series, if you count†Red Shoe Diaries, but at that point†I would have taken any job that I was offered, so I donít count that as a decision. It was like,†ĎOh, Iíll be able to eat.í
But from†The X-Files†to†Californication†to Aquarius, going in, usually what I say is,†ĎOh, this is really good but thereís†no way that they are ever going to go for a†series. So I wonít have to do it.í

So with X-Files†I thought, ĎOh, aliens. May be interesting for a day or two, but whatís going to happen? Are they going to show the aliens? And if they donít, will people feel frustrated? So, this is pretty safe. Iíll be able to do this cool pilot and then it will all disappear.í†But that didnít work out!

And then with Californication I thought, ĎWell hereís finally an adult male, who is not acting like a child, doing comedy. Not like a Jim Carrey movie, for example, a Dumb and Dumber, but more of an adult comedic performance that Warren Beatty might have done in the 70s in something like Shampoo.í And then I thought. ĎThereís no way anybody is going to watch this because that time has passed.í So I get to do this great character for half an hour and move on. And that didnít work out.

And then with Aquarius†I thought, ĎOh my God. Manson. HmmÖ Thereís just no way. I mean, people know the ending. Why are they going to watch if they know the ending?í And, hopefully, I will be wrong again.



This has been set in 1967, two years before the Tate-LaBianca murders, and John McNamara, who wrote it, has hopes and plans to do more series of Aquarius†covering a six year period. Itís a long range plan and itís an epic vision for the show.

So, for the first time that I have ever done a series, I would feel really sad if we didnít get to do all the things that we wanted to do. Because there are plans to go forward in time, there are plans to look backward in time. Thereís a lot of storytelling.

Itís really a show about the 60s and not just the 60s in America because I think the 60s were worldwide. It was a time of great social unrest and then a slide into darkness by the end of it.

This can be symbolised by Woodstock sliding into Altamont where there was a killing while the Stones were performing. Or you can just rely on Charlie Manson as this hippy-seeming, peace and love music playing individual who slides into anarchic and senseless violence and murder.

And then after that there is a real contraction, not just in America but worldwide, that leads straight to Reagan and Thatcher and whatever you want, and to Bush. And I think that a lot of it can be traced to that moment where the media took hold of this petty conman in Charles Manson, who was a frustrated rock and roller and said, ĎThis is whatís gonna happen if the kids continue to take drugs and have sex and grow their hair long.í And I find that fascinating because thatís not true. But there you have it. Thatís history. And thatís the world that we are opening up to and delving into.

But did you have any reservations about the material sounding too dark, because Manson is a real guy?

No, I donít share that because I feel like itís part of the narrative of our human life. Weíre not glorifying Manson. Weíre not trying to rehabilitate him or make him into a hero of any kind. I think, on the other hand, itís irresponsible for people to say things like, ĎHe is the devil.í Or ĎHe is evil,í because there are explanations for his conduct.



It is a person who was born in innocence, who was treated in a certain way, raised in a certain way. He is not the devil. He is not evil incarnate. That glorifies people rather than treating them like the human beings they are. Itís not treating them with kid gloves or saying that heís misunderstood or heís really a good guy or anything like that. But to say that somebody is evil is irresponsible and lazy.

Do you know if Manson has any idea that this series is taking place? Have you had any feedback at all?

Well, if he follows me on Twitter, he does. He seems to be someone who is very happy to be talked about; happy to be in the limelight. To be honest with you I donít really think of the man. I think of him for how he was interpreted and what he came to mean to the country and the world in the 60s after he did what he did. The man, to me, is much less interesting. So, I donít know. Iíve never had any contact with him.

Thereís a big back drop of race riots, social unrest, gay rights, equal rightsÖ and Sam is of a certain age. A man in a suit. Is he a character who feels at unease in this kind of free-love, drop-out society?

Heís not at all at ease with any of it. Heís a guy who fought in World War II to save a world and a country that he sees as being torn apart by this kind of social movement. And the fact that his son is apparently AWOL from the Vietnam war is completely unacceptable morally to him. He does not know that the Vietnam war is different from World War II. He is a man out of step with his time and heís trying to save a world that is already dead, which is what I find tragically beautiful about being able to play him.



There is good on-screen pairing with Grey Damon who plays undercover officer, Brian Shafe which can be seen as representing Ďolder generationí and new Ďhippy generationí.

Yeah but itís not so black and white because as the series moves on youíll see that even though Shafe may have a more progressive, social vision than Sam, he certainly wants to make drug busts. He wants to enforce the law. And in one of the episodes he is offended by homosexual behaviour. Heís not a left-leaning liberal. What I like about the characters of the show is that they are surprising in that way. They are not programmatic. I find that people in general are not programmatic. I like that.

Whatís the background to Samís love of Grace. Is she just an ex-girlfriend?

Yeah. Sheís the one who got away, in many ways. The way I see it in the show is that its part and parcel of the same thing he is doing as a cop. He is trying to stop time. He is trying to save a world that is already gone. And with Grace itís the same thing. Itís like he feels, ĎIf only I could get back together with her then things are gonna be perfect.í If only he can keep these forces of anarchy at bay.

There is some great music played in the series Ė The Who, The Stones, etc. Are you a fan of that 60s music?

Oh, God, yeah. Thatís my music. Iím stuck there. Iíll never leave the past! The music at that time, for better or worse, felt like it was part of a social movement. It felt like it meant something, more than the music itself. It felt like it was a rebellion. And I think it still has that. I mean, you canít take that historical circumstance out of it.

Where was Aquarius filmed?

In LA. Unlike shooting in New York, which does change and people build and thereís scaffolding everywhere, LA is so big and sprawling that physical change hasnít come to a lot of places. Much of it looks very much like it did in the 60s, especially where Hodiak is working in Hollywood.

Are there any action/fight scenes in this for you?

Yeah, thereís a lot of fighting. Samís a guy who doesnít hesitate to use his fists. This is a time where I think that kind of casual police use of force was winked at a lot more. He is definitely an ends justifies the means guy. If he knows that this bad guy did it then he doesnít care about his rights. Heís just there to put the bad guys away.

We know he has had problems with alcohol and heís estranged from his wife. Is he a man with demons from his past? A troubled man?

Very troubled. You look at that scene in the opening episode where Shafe is trying to make Claire Holtís character, Charmain Tully, feel better after she has joined him on an undercover mission which is very threatening for her, and she says, ĎNo, you donít get it. I loved it. I loved all that danger and darkness.í Well, Sam is the opposite.



He knows that if he opens up to darkness he has no control. Itís either Ďoní or Ďoffíwith him. He knows better and he wants to stay Ďoffí because if he turns Ďoní that way then thereís no telling what heís going to do and thereís a few episodes where that happens, especially one where he has a physical altercation with Manson and nearly beats him to death. And there you are confronted with this idea of, ĎWell, if only he had beaten him to death.í

David Duchovny†On†Singing & Song Writing


As well as acting, you like singing and song writing and released an album in the US called ĎHell or High Waterí. Is that available in other countries?

Itís not out in Europe yet. I will tweet as soon as itís available. Iím gonna go shoot The X- Files now and after that I plan on touring a little bit and I definitely want to tour in Europe. I love performing. Itís one of the great joys in my life.

You have done a few performances live. How did they go? Were you nervous?

Oddly enough I havenít been nervous. I donít understand it. I think itís probably the most potentially terrifying thing Iíve ever done so the fact that Iím not nervous at allÖ I donít care to unpack it because then I might get nervous about it. I think I just really believe in the songs that I am singing and I concentrate on that and not anything else. Iím not pitch perfect and I have accepted that early on.

Whenever I sing a song itís possible that I am going to go flat or sharp at times but I kind of let go of trying to be perfect and instead just focus on telling the story of the song. And once I started concentrating on that, I felt all the attention of my performance and how I sang fall away. When I get on stage I think, Ďthis is happening in the moment, right now, tonight, itís me and this number of people and weíre gonna go through the journey of these songs. Letís have a good time.í

What sort of things do you find you tend to write about most?

For me, music is universal and the way it becomes universal is by being personal, which is an odd bit of sleight of hand, in a way. I donít see my music as confessional or autobiographical but the more personal I can make it, oddly enough, the more universal it becomes.



And writing lyrics for songs is a really interesting enterprise because they donít always jump off the page at you.†But when they are combined with music something magical happens. And thereís a fine line between over writing a lyric, which can fight the music, and under writing which just makes it a dumb lyric.

How would you describe the music itself?

Well I guess Iím a little loathe to describe my own music because that sounds like I am comparing myself to people who are wonderful. But I will say that it has been compared to Wilco or REM or Tom Petty. Iím not unhappy when those names are thrown around but personally, I am not saying that. Iím merely referring to what other people have said.

Has the band you play in got a name?

They like to say ĎWe are David Duchovny!í But actually, when Iím not around they call themselves Weather.

David Duchovny†On New X-Files Series


I read that Chris Carter said he would use some of your songs in the new The X-Files series.

I hope so. He said that there were a couple he thought could work. But if it doesnít work out I would totally understand because it might be a little confusing. A little weird. But Iím just tickled that he would consider it.

Are you excited about doing a new The X-Files series after it ended in 2002?

Yes I am excited. I am just very curious as to how itís all going to go. Itís like going to a High School reunion and having to put on a play.

I read that you cried when you started reading the first script of the new series, because it brought it all back to you.

Well, itís because Iím a nostalgic person. But yeah. We are only doing six episodes. There are so few and there is so much that has to be done. So we are going to mix stand alones with the extension of the mythology of the show and I just hope itís going to be great and I just look forward to giving it a shot.



There is still such a fan base for it after all these years. Itís astonishing that it has stayed there after all this time, isnít it?

It is. I donít know why but Iím not unhappy about it at all. Itís just one of those things that happened in my life and it made an impact and people associate a lot with it. A lot of people say Ė and hate it when they say it Ė ĎI grew up watching you.í I love and I hate it. I think it was one of those shows that a lot of people watched with their parents. It kind of spanned generations in that way.

David Duchovny†On Writing


You are also writing books. Your first, ĎHoly Cowí, about a cow, a pig and a turkey who escape from a farm in search of a better life, was published in February and you have another one coming out next year.

Yes, it comes out in the late winter. Itís called ĎBucky F**king Dentí, but you canít really say that! And it takes place in 1978 during the Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees baseball rivalry. There are no animals in it and itís what I consider to be a proper novel. Itís my attempt at writing a proper American novel.

ĎHoly Cowí was on the best sellers list of the The New York Times.

That was a total shock to me. I think, mostly because ĎHoly Cowí is such a weird book. Itís a talking cow! I had no idea if it could find an audience. I knew it was kind of impossible to market because itís not a kids book and yet it is a kids book. So itís like, ĎWhere does it go?í How do you reach the audience that might be interested in that?

So I am still kinda in shock that it reached any kind of audience and I am so grateful. I have a couple of other ideas that I hope to find time to turn into real stories. Itís nice because itís something that I can do anywhere, anytime and I donít need anybody else to make it. Itís a real self-reliant enterprise. Just me and the words.

Writing is an early love of yours.

Yes. I would have identified myself as a writer. It was what I wanted to do when I was 17 or 18. I always thought that was what it was.

David Duchovny†On†Working Out


You look in good shape at the moment. Do you work out?

Yeah I have to at my age. I canít stay in good shape without working out but itís something that I love doing. I always have. Iíve always loved sports and playing and sweating. It helps my head and I hope that I can be around for my kids for as long as I can be. I look at it as part of my job and part of my responsibility.

Do you hit the gym or do you prefer to play sports?

Well I would prefer to plays sports but again, at my age, if I play a sport I tend to hurt myself. Little things that you didnít even know you had, hurt. So I am leaning more heavily towards the controlled environment of the gym these days.


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A great interview...it covered all the bases! Thanks for posting! Smile
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Post by Sabine on Thu 17 Dec - 8:22

Pangaea wrote:A great interview...it covered all the bases! † Thanks for posting! Smile

ITA with you, excellent interview. Thanks for posting.

So he wants to tour in Europe! That would be great, hope he will come to Berlin.
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