8. The X-Files
Back in the mid-to-late 90s Mulder and Scully were everywhere, from Simpsons guest slots to Catatonia songs. It was only a matter of time, then, before TV’s supernatural truth seekers would make it onto the big screen, which they did with 1998’s X-Files: Fight The Future.
Unfortunately, the movie also took place at the time of growing tension between stars Gillian Anderson and David Duchovny.
Over time, both actors were worn down by the intensity of the show’s schedule and their different working methods (Anderson being much more of a multi-take perfectionist). By the time of Fight The Future their strained relationship (not helped by the fact that they were equal leads but Duchovny was paid twice the salary) was manifesting itself in either not talking to each other or petty squabbles over irrelevant details.
“The crucible of doing that show made monsters out of both of us,” Duchovny later admitted. “There were definitely periods when we hated each other,” Anderson confirmed elsewhere, “We didn’t talk for long periods of time. It was intense, and we were both pains in the arse for the other at various times.”
Time apart seems to have done both of them some good, however, and on returning for belated sequel X-Files: I Want To Believe six years after the show’s finale and a decade after the previous movie, Duchovny and Anderson had a new level of respect for each other and emerged better friends than they ever had been when working together constantly.