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'X-Files' enters summer big-screen bonanza

Web posted on: Friday, June 19, 1998 3:09:13 PM

LOS ANGELES (CNN) -- Is the truth out there? Will "The X-Files" make a successful transition from the tube to the big screen? Perhaps most importantly, will the two main characters, Mulder and Scully, settle all that sexual tension with a kiss?

Answers to these burning questions will be provided at a theater near you starting Friday as "The X-Files," Fox's wildly successful television show about cover-ups, conspiracies, and all-around weird stuff, hits theaters.

The $60 million production -- about 50 times the cost of making one "X-Files" TV show -- offers more action, more special effects, and more of the unknown, all elements that have created a legion of "X-Files" fans who often mirror the attitude and passion of the wildest band of Trekkies.

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'The characters remain the same'

Star David Duchovny, who plays the sullen and often restless FBI agent Fox Mulder, says the movie is different from the TV show in budget, but neither he nor co-star Gillian Anderson changed content or character for the big screen.

"Everyone was like: We're doing a movie, it's costing a lot of money, you're getting paid more money, what are you going to do different? Are you going to make it better?" Duchovny said. "The size of the screen doesn't make a big difference for the character. The character remains the same."

Trivial matters

Duchovny did change one thing in the final cut of the film -- a shot of his derriere in a hospital gown.

"I fought to have it in, and then I saw it, and then I -- my ass didn't look as good as I wanted it to, and I fought to have it cut out," Duchovny said. "Now, I'm of the opinion that only gratuitous nudity is good nudity."

But that's the stuff of "X-Files" trivia. What about the movie, the plot?

'You'll love it'

The movie picks up where last season's TV show cliff-hanger left off, and makes room for at least one more season on Fox. The plot revolves around conspiracies, aliens, super races and "a plague to end all plagues."

Oscar-winning actor Martin Landau also stars as Dr. Alvin Kurtzweil.

"If you haven't seen the series, it works for the movie," he said. "If you have, you'll love it, because there's all kinds of little stuff that goes on."

Will the show have to be renamed "The XXX & OOO Files?"

A kiss is but a kiss?

All kinds of stuff -- including a near-kiss, or perhaps the real thing, between Mulder and Scully. The subject is a hot one among the "X-Filers." Some believe a simple kiss would ruin the show.

"Keep their relationship as it has always been," one fan posted on CNN Interactive's "X-Files" message board. "If you must submit to this "kiss" idiocy, limit it to a simple, friendly peck on the cheek, not a passionate" one.

But the decision has already been made, and now it will be seen whether movie fans care about "the truth," at least according to "The X-Files."

Correspondent Paul Vercammen contributed to this report.

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