11 Random Pieces of X-Files Trivia

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In honor of David Duchovny (August 7th) and Gillian Anderson‘s (August 9th) birthdays this week, I thought it would be fun to gather some random facts and trivia about The X-Files!

By the way, how amazing is it that one of the most iconic duos in alien and television history have birthdays within days of one another? Mulder and Scully were destined!

The X-Files is a show that I hold near and dear to my heart and it’s one that I truly devoured from start to finish. The conspiracies, the tension, and the blood and gore have been rightfully intertwined and implanted within the rest of my existence. (I’m still surprised at some of the things they were allowed to show on TV back in the 90s! Not that I’m complaining or anything. If anything, I’m impressed! Example here:

Here are some of my favorite pieces of random trivia from the show!

  1. Chris Carter was inspired to create The X-Files when he read a report indicating that 3.7 million people had been abducted by aliens at some point in their lives.
  2. Alex Krycek was only going to replace Dana Scully for a few episodes while she was away on maternity leave. He ended up lasting roughly eight seasons and became quite a notable character.
  3. During the first five seasons, the show was filmed in Vancouver. The remaining seasons were filmed in Los Angeles.
  4. The episode, “Tooms” from season 1 was known to introduce many firsts for the series. It was the first time Mitch Pileggi was involved in the show as Walter Skinner. William B. Davis also spoke for the first time as the Cigarette-Smoking Man. Last, but not least, it was also the first time that a monster character was given a follow-up episode in the series.
  5. Gillian Anderson had to film a lot of her scenes while standing on a box. The box was dubbed “Gilly board.” The height difference between Anderson at 5’3″ and Duchovny at 6’0″ made it a tough differential to shoot certain angled shots and conversations.
  6. The show was the first to receive and introduce the TV-MA rating in television history. The episode “Home” in season 4 had to honor of being the show to flag this rating due to its inbred family storyline theme.
  7. Scully had to take maternity leave during season 2, so her alien abduction on the show was used to mask her pregnancy.
  8. Composer Mark Snow accidentally rested his elbow on his keyboard echoing function while working on the theme music and ended up loving the echoed version over his original music. This has become a famous staple in the show and in television theme song history.
  9. David Duchovny wore a tie with pink pigs on it while auditioning for the role of Fox Mulder and claims that it helped land him the part.
  10. In any episode that features or discusses aliens, the show begins with a take of a starry sky.
  11. Dana Scully and John Doggett were both named after Dodger Baseball Broadcasters: Vin Scully and Jerry Doggett.

Facts and trivia were found on Buzzfeed, Screen Rant, and IMDB.



Source: Bloody Disgusting

I hope you enjoyed some of these nuggets of trivia! There were so many more fun facts, but I didn’t want to keep you here all day. Drop me a line below or via email and let me know if you have any other interesting X-Files show pieces of trivia you’d like to share! Remember, #TheTruthIsOutThere

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