Behind The Scenes
"I made this," the words spoken over the Ten Thirteen company name, are
spoken by Nathan Couturier, son of the supervising sound editor, Thierry
series' science consultant, Anne Simon, a virologist at the University
of Massachusetts, wrote a non-fiction book in 1999 entitled: "The Real
Science Behind the X-Files: Microbes, Meteorites, and Mutants."
allusions to novel "Moby Dick" by Herman Melville: overall theme (Mulder's
"hunt" for the truth and his sister), Scully is called "Starbuck" by her
father, her dog's name is "Queequeg" and she repeatedly calls Mulder "Captain
full title of The X-Files Theme song is Materia Primoris.
Howard Gordon and Alex Gansa worked for the show Beauty and the Beast
(starring Linda Hamilton), before the X-Files.
from other series:
Street Blues: Joe Spano (Tempus Fugit/Max) and Bruce Weitz (Irresistible)
One: Daniel Benzali (Fresh Bones) and Bobbie Phillips (WOTC)
Twin Peaks: Michael Anderson (Humbug), Michael Horse (Shapes), Kenneth Walsh
(Revelations), Don Davis, Jan D'Arcy.
end of Triangle was a tribute to The Wizard of Oz.
tag line at the end of "The Blessing Way" read, "In Memoriam, Larry Wells.
1946-1995." Wells was a costume designer.
the episode The Beginning, the guard sleeping in front of the nuclear
power plant console is named Homer (as in The Simpsons).
and Laura Petrie, aliases used by Mulder and Scully posing as a married
couple are names taken from the classic TV show The Dick Van Dyke Show.
In Die Hand Die Verletzt, the characters Paul Vitalis and Deborah
Brown were named after prominent online X-Philes.
Writer Glen Morgan says he named Nurse Owens in One Breath after
The X-Files novel author Charles Grant's name appeared on the passenger
manifest Scully scrutinized in Little Green Men.
Little Green Men, a senator called Richard Matheson was a nod to
the great Hollywood scriptwriter and author of many classic science-fiction
and horror stories, including several episodes of Chris Carter's favorite
series, Kolchak: The Night Stalker. The title of Matheson's early novel
about vampire-like mutants, which was the basis for the 1970s Charleton
Heston SF movie The Omega Man was I am Legend.
GenderBender we see Marty standing next to a large painting. The
significance of this painting is that it has been made by H.R. Giger, the
man who designed the aliens for the blockbuster Alien movies and more recently
opening credits of "Die Hand Die Verletzt" featured James "Chargers" Wong
and Glen "Bolts" Morgan, references to the name and logo of their favorite
NFL team who, during the week this episode aired, were playing in the Super
Bones's final scene was a tribute to the Wes Craven film The Serpent
and the Rainbow.
The classic Spencer Tracy movie Bad Day at Black Rock inspired writer Frank
Spotnitz to pen Our Town.
The Club Tepes featured in the episode 3 was named after the infamous
torturer Prince Vlad Tepes (aka Vlad the Impaler, the inspiration for Bram
characters Teena and Cindy in Eve were named after Glen Morgan's
and James Wong's wives.
The fourth Lone Gunman 'The Thinker' is named after a X-Files Fan and America
Online member Yung Jun Kim (aka 'DuhThinker').
The Ausbury family in Die Hand Die Verletzt is named after Jill Ausbury,
French deep-sea diver in the opening scenes of "Piper Maru" was named after
The X-Files physical effects supervisor, David Gauthier.
Episode writer Howard Gordon's bout with insomnia inspired the "Sleepless"
talk show provided Chris Carter with the inspiration for his characters
being FBI agents. This was CNN's Larry King Live, on which an FBI agent
who investigated Satanic cults was a guest.
Carter acknowledges the former TV show Kolchak: The Night Stalker as his
primary inspiration for the creation of The X-Files.
movie which helped spur the idea of using a pair of FBI agents - one a believer,
the other a skeptic - who investigate cases involving the paranormal was
Silence of the Lambs.
The origin of Agent Fox Mulder's name came from the maiden name of Carter's
mother and the first name of a kid he'd known growing up.
named Dana Scully after the famous Los Angeles Dodgers broadcaster Vin Scully.
"The most formative event" of Carter's youth, which inspired such nefarious
and shadowy characters as Deep Throat and the Cigarette-Smoking Man was
supposedly The Watergate scandal.
Dr. Faraday was named after Dr. Michael Faraday. He was a chemist and physicist
who discovered the principle of electromatic induction, which is the basis
for generating electric power.
The television news reporter in War of the Coprophages Skye Leikin
is named after an AOL X-Phile, whose screen name is Leikin Skye.
She won an AOL trivia contest -- the prize was to get her screen name on
one of the episodes.
Jerry, the boy who was killed in Die Hand Die Verletzt is named after
Jerry Jones, host of the America On-Line X-Files forum.
Grotesque's Agent Nemhauser shares his name with Post Production
Supervisor Lori Jo Nemhauser.
Writers Glen Morgan and James Wong came up with the idea of the paranoid
conspiracy theorists, the Lone Gunmen after they saw a trio of similar-looking
guys at a UFO convention in LA in June 1993.
The X Files is known as Arquivo X in Brazil.
Taipei, Taiwan, and the Republic of China, The X-Files airs as X-Dang
An, while in Finland fans crowd around the tube to await Salaiset,
which translates in English to "The Secret Files."
Harwood (Byers)'s real-life occupation is a librarian.
last episode written by Glen Morgan and James Wong before they went on hiatus
to write the long-since-cancelled Space: Above and Beyond was Die Hand
Nick Lea, the actor who plays Krycek appeared as a different character in
the season one episode Genderbender.
Other than English 13 languages have appeared in The X-Files.
episode Darkness Falls was honored at the Environmental media Awards.
Eve episode utilized real-life twins from Vancouver.
Writers Glen Morgan and James Wong originally conceived the episode Little
Green Men as a feature film unrelated to The X-Files.
X-Files episode Red Museum was originally scripted to be a crossover
storyline involving CBS' Picket Fences.
episode Conduit revealed Mulder's hometown to be Chilmarc, Massachusetts,
though the spelling was "Chilmark" when it turned up nearly a year later
in Little Green Men.
In Shadows, Tom Braidwood's name was used in the scene where the
parking lot attendant painted over the name on the space that previously
belonged to the dead man.
Vacco, who portrayed Angelo Garza in the F. Emasculata episode is
actually a production assistant in the offices of Ten Thirteen in Los Angeles.
Rob Bowman directed several Star Trek: The Next Generation episodes.
episode Colony was the first one to be told in flashback.
first season episode The Erlenmeyer Flask received a nomination for
an Edgar Award, an honor presented by the Mystery Writers of America.
highest-rated episode of the first two seasons was Fresh Bones.
science-fiction writer Harlan Ellison suggested to Chris Carter that an
effort be made to explain why the forces seeking to thwart Mulder's work
didn't simply kill him. The conversation between Krycek and the Cigarette-Smoking
Man in Ascension was a direct response to that prevailing question.
song played as Captain Scully's ashes were scattered, and which inspired
the title of the episode, is Bobby Darin's "Beyond the Sea."
the end of the second season, construction costs for a single episode ran
The producers considered making Scully's sister, Melissa, a romantic interest
for Mulder but later nixed the idea.
famous "black silk boxer shorts" scene in Fire was originally a "Jockey
professional photographer/filmmaker Billy Wylde took many "UFO" photos which
later proved to be hoaxes, including the one on the I WANT TO BELIEVE poster
hanging above Mulder's desk.
S. Burroughs narrates the R.E.M. song "Star Me Kitten" on the Songs in
the Key of X CD.
leader singer/guitarist for the Foo Fighters, Dave Grohl, had a walk-on
part in the episode Pusher.
Mitch Pilegg narrated the third season TV special More Secrets of the X-Files.
- The waste removal company whose three-letter name is often seen on the
blue dumpsters in episodes of The X-Files is BEL.
- Robert Goodwin, producer of the series and the guy who oversees all aspects
of physical production. is known as "Mr FiX-it".
- David Duchovny credits Gillian Anderson as the creator of the "extended
stories," those alien-conspiracy arcs that span two-to-three episodes as
her real-life pregnancy forced the writers to develop a three-episode story
arc in which Scully was abducted.
- Chris Carter recalled Gillian Anderson's audition for Agent Scully by stating,
"What it came down to was that the network wasn't sure how Gillian would
look in a bathing suit".
- Rolling Stone's Australian edition had its biggest best-seller ever when
David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson appeared on the cover.
- Nick Cave and Dirty Three's two hidden CD tracks are tucked away at the
beginning of Songs in the Key of X.
- Mark Snow 's first five attempts at a theme song where rejected by Chris
- Best-selling horror meister Stephen King asked Chris Carter for the opportunity
to write an X-Files script.
- Legendary crooner Tony Bennett is an unabashed X-Phile.
- The first country to get The X-Files episodes on videotape was Japan.
- The entertainment magazine TV Guide said in its "The Best (and the Worst)
of '95" special issue, "But as we know that Mulder will never prove to the
world that there are aliens among us, we know he will never cross over the
line from platonic love."
- Veteran X-Files director/producer Kim Manners helmed the Star Trek: The
Next Generation episode "When the Bough Breaks."
- The real-life Federal Bureau of Investigation was not asked to be involved
in the series' development.
- Ideas for the episodes come from newspapers and magazines.
- Fox executives were afraid The X-Files would emulate tongue-in-cheek horror
movie American Werewolf in London if Carter and his production staff didn't
write and film it seriously.
- Carter had to pitch the series' premise to the Fox network twice before
they bought it.
- Carter created visual aids as a means of selling Fox executives on the
show. The charts were shaped like TV Screens.
- David Duchovny was Carter's preferred choice for the role of Agent Mulder?
Carter's or Fox' officials.
- A battle between Carter and Fox executives took place behind the scenes
in the casting of the Dana Scully role as Carter pushed for Gillian Anderson
and the network officials looked for the equivalent of Baywatch's Pamela
- Filming began on the series in March 1993.
- According to the Nielsen ratings, 7.4 million homes watched The X-Files
- Before the season began, the Fox network's attention and hopes were focused
on the drama The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr instead of The X-Files.
- Scully's voice-over while typing her field report notes at the end of
each episode was tacked on to the first episode to mollify Fox's desire
to provide resolution to the story.
- The Cigarette-Smoking Man was a mysterious figure in the series' pilot
and was supposed to remain that way.
- Fall entertainment magazine Entertainment Weekly, listing synopses of new
series, wrote of The X-Files, "We know... this show's a goner".
- The other two science-fiction series which premiered on the networks along
with The X-Files in the fall of 1993 were Lois and Clark: The New Adventures
of Superman and SeaQuest DSV.
- The two famous faces who played the infamous MIB in Jose Chung's 'From
Outer Space.' were Alex Jeopardy! Trebek, and Jesse The Body
- The part of Agent Pendrell in Avatar was originally cast for a new
character whose name would have been Dr. Rick Newton.
- Carter considered Darren McGavin( who played the title character on Kolchak:
The Night Stalker) to play Agent Mulder's father, but had to abandon the
idea when schedules couldn't be worked out.
- Many fans consider Doug Hutchinson (aka Eugene Tooms) to be the most popular
guest star The X-Files has ever had.
- Star trekking, Oscar-winning actress, Whoopi Goldberg wants to make a
guest-appearance on The X-Files.
- Comedian Charles Nelson Reilly portrayed an author researching an alien
abduction in the episode Jose Chung's 'From Outer Space.' He regularly
appeared on the TV celebrity game show, The Match Game for several years.
Donat (aka Bill Mulder)'s recurring role on The X-Files led to a Showtime
Outer Limits portrayal of an evil prep school principal who controlled his
students by inserting neural implants.
Glen Morgan recommended Steven Williams for the recurring role of Mr. X.
Ashlyn Gere, a former porn star played a suburban housewife in Blood.
star in Darkness Falls Jason Beghe (who portrayed Ranger Larry Moore),
was a childhood friend of David Duchovny's, was instrumental in his decision
to take up acting, and worked with him for a time in New York as a bartender.
X-Files co-executive producer R.W. Goodwin's wife, Sheila Larken, has had
a recurring role on the series as Margaret Scully.
Chris Carter's first preference to be cast in the role of Senator Richard
Matheson was Darren McGavin.
Darin Morgan, brother of writer Glen Morgan and X-Files wordsmith himself,
actually made his debut on the show in The Host in one of "the most
God-awful creations ever to be deliberately wrapped around a human body".
Minnesota Viking's player Chris Carter appeared on the television in Bocks'
office in Irresistible.
Former child star Veronica Cartwright plays Cassandra Spender.
Well known talk show host Jerry Springer made an appearance on the X-Files.
In Never Again, Jodie Foster does the voice of the talking tattoo.
sequence where Scully first met Mulder in the bowels of the FBI building
that he called home to "the FBI's most unwanted" was actually filmed at
The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.
In the episode Firewalker the visual effects technicians used condoms
to impersonate asparagus-shaped monsters.
reasons why originally the decision was made to film The X-Files in Vancouver
rather than Los Angeles. 1) There are a great many forests; 2) Offers monetary
savings compared to Los Angeles; 3) Able to visually approximate almost
any city in North America.
address in Samantha Mulder's X-File, 2790 Vine Street, is the former address
of The X-Files production office in Vancouver.
Steveston, Massachusetts in the GenderBender episode is in real life,
a community near Vancouver beloved by The X-Files production manager for
its diversity of settings.
The episode Red Museum was shot in a real meat plant.
climactic scene in the bell tower was shot in the University of British
The producers of the show rented a decommissioned submarine from the Canadian
Navy to use in three different X-Files episodes. These were Colony, End
Game and Dod Kalm.
To simulate the deserts of New Mexico for the episodes Anasazi and
The Blessing Way, the X-Files crew sprayed 1,600 gallons of burgundy
paint into a gravel pit just outside Vancouver.
Fearful Symmetry, real zoo animals were not used in all the scenes.
Sophie was an actor in a gorilla suit.
The bones and skulls used in Aubrey and Our Town were made
episode Space was designed to be an inexpensive hour (after the series
had exceeded its budget on some earlier episodes), but ended up being the
most expensive episode of the first season.
In the interest of artistic integrity, Doug Hutchinson played the final
scene as Eugene Tooms under the escalator nude and covered with karo syrup
and food coloring to look like bile.
The striking visual sequence in Ghost in the Machine involving Scully
and a vacuum-sucking fan was a last minute addition when the originally
scripted scene with an elevator shaft was deemed too expensive.
wires were used to suspend Scott Bellis in the air during the Max Fenig
abduction sequence in Fallen Angel.
tons of snow and ice were trucked into a soundstage in order to capture
the Arctic conditions for End Game.
the dueling head-butts between Skinner and Mr. X for the violent elevator
encounter in End Game.