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    Thumbs up David Duchovny gets physical -- and sexual -- in his new show

    Duchovny gets physical -- and sexual -- in show

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    David Duchovny plays writer on Showtime's "Californication"
    Duchovny's character takes refuge in lots of sex while fighting inner battles
    Duchovny says new "X-Files" movie scheduled to start later this year


    CULVER CITY, California (AP) -- David Duchovny seems calm and easy on the set of his hard-edged new Showtime series with the suggestive title.

    But there's a glimpse of a disheveled bed inside Duchovny's spacious trailer, his off-camera refuge on the studio lot. It's a testament to his long hours as principal star of "Californication" and one of its executive producers.

    Beds, in fact, are an essential prop on "Californication," a comedy-drama set in Los Angeles and rated MA for explicit language and nudity.

    But "it's not a thinly veiled show that's supposed to titillate you," said Duchovny, best known for his role as dour, alien-obsessed FBI Agent Fox Mulder on the classic cult series "The X-Files."

    On "Californication," which premiered Monday and repeats Wednesday at 9 p.m. ET, the lanky actor plays dysfunctional writer Hank Moody, who drowns his angst over writer's block and his split with his gorgeous girlfriend, Karen (Natascha McElhone), in bouts of drinking and casual sex.

    "It was a character I thought would be challenging to play because he wasn't necessarily likable on the page," Duchovny said of Hank.

    When Duchovny first read series creator Tom Kapinos' script for the show's pilot, "it wasn't really about a guy who indiscriminately gets into fights, boozes, who has sex with multiple women," he said. "It was actually about a guy who's doing that because he really wants to be with his family."

    Hank and Karen's precocious 12-year-old daughter, Becca (Madeleine Martin), also sparks conflict.

    The show's title is a play on the term Oregonians once coined for the unwelcome migration of Californians to their state, Kapinos said. (It's also the title of a Red Hot Chili Peppers work.) He shares executive producer duties with Duchovny and Scott Winant.

    "Californication" marks Duchovny's return to television as a leading man after roles in feature films including "House of D," which he wrote and directed, and "Trust the Man." He also played oddball cameo roles in the Ben Stiller movie "Zoolander" and on TV series including "The Larry Sanders Show," "Sex and the City" and "Life With Bonnie."

    "Californication" also reunites Duchovny with Showtime, where he previously played Jake Winters on the cable network's sex-fantasy series, "Red Shoe Diaries."

    Even for an actor who specializes in quirky characters, Duchovny has picked a doozy with wayward Hank Moody.

    "Sex is part of the problem with this guy," Duchovny said. "But we don't preach that it's a problem. It's not like he wants to kill himself every time he has sex with someone. He's actually enjoying it, while at the same time realizing that his time could probably be spent better elsewhere."

    Doing Hank's sex scenes doesn't trouble Duchovny, he said. "I've done enough of those scenes to know what they are, and to know what to expect. I'm just taking my shirt off, big deal. I can just act it."

    But Duchovny does feel for the actresses who play Hank's sex partners. "For me, as an executive producer, I would go into those scenes wondering how to best service those scenes comedically, and how to make sure that the woman is comfortable. As chivalric as it might sound, and as tooting-my-own-horn as it might sound, a woman coming onto a set for one day and having to take her clothes off and simulate coitus with me or anybody is a difficult situation. And care should be taken."

    Duchovny finds much to relate to in Hank.

    "He doesn't have a conventionally moral way of looking at the universe, and yet ultimately we will find that he actually is a very moral person, that he's one of these guys who tell the truth always, to his own detriment. To me, that's a moral way of living," he said.

    Hank's trenchant truth-telling gives Duchovny a chance to indulge his own deadpan brand of humor. There's also occasion for physical shtick.

    On this particular day on the set, Duchovny plays a scene in which kitchen-klutzy Hank grabs a burning-hot cheese casserole barehanded. As the oven smokes, Duchovny flaps his palms in pain.

    "I like physical humor," Duchovny said. "As I've gotten more comfortable as a performer, I'm able to access whatever my particular sense of humor is, more freely. I feel that much more relaxed."

    Although Duchovny directed episodes of "The X-Files," he will not direct any of "Californication's" scheduled 12 episodes, he said. "All the directors that we've had so far are very comfortable with me," he added. "I just say what's on my mind. And everyone's pretty cool with that."

    Duchovny's new "X-Files" movie should start shooting later this year, he said, directed by "X-Files" creator Chris Carter.

    "I've had no compunction about being tied to that character," Duchovny said of his Agent Mulder alter ego. "I doubt I'll ever again play a part as popular as he was."

    Copyright 2007 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.


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    they film a lot of this show in my part of L.A. too

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    I heart David, but Mulder is my first love.
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    I liked the show.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Laurent View Post
    I heart David, but Mulder is my first love.
    Word.
    When your daughter plays "House," she pretends to be an annoying doctor with a pill-addiction and a limp.

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    ^ Agreed!!!!!!!!!!!







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    Source: The New York Times

    http://www.nytimes.com/2007/08/13/ar...ref=television

    Television Review | 'Californication'
    Self-Loathing in California. Self-Critique? No Way!

    By ALESSANDRA STANLEY
    Published: August 13, 2007



    Back in 1975 “Shampoo” was a farce, a Hollywood sex comedy
    with Warren Beatty as its promiscuous, ingenuous hero. Showtime’s new
    series “Californication” is more of a dirge, a Hollywood sex tragedy with David
    Duchovny as its promiscuous, cynical hero. Roués who love women are hard
    to resist. There is nothing less appealing than a Lothario who dislikes women,
    except perhaps a misogynist Lothario who is a middle-aged, blocked writer
    prone to sleeping with younger women and even teenagers. “Californication”
    is supposed to be a dark comedy about love and sex in Los Angeles, but it is
    not nearly dark or funny enough — less “Shampoo” than “Rogaine.”

    Mr. Duchovny is not the problem; this former star of “The X-Files” somehow
    manages to inject some humor and occasional flashes of roguish charm into
    a boring script and thankless part. As the title suggests, the depictions of
    sex are frequent and graphic, which may offend some viewers but will
    undoubtedly draw far more.

    It’s the material that weighs Mr. Duchovny down as a New York novelist who
    feels alienated and adrift in a shallow, artificial Los Angeles — already a
    shopworn conceit when F. Scott Fitzgerald was living it in the 1930s.
    “Californication” does nothing to vary or improve on it.

    It’s odd how some clichés never quite lose their hold. The blocked writer —
    an artist who is tragically unable to fulfill his greatness — is perhaps one of
    the most tiresome archetypes in modern popular culture, yet real writers
    keep reviving it. Here, it’s Mr. Duchovny’s character, Hank Moody. Possibly
    it’s the kind of wishful thinking encouraged by self-help books like “The
    Secret”: If enough writers create fictional blocked, middle-aged protagonists
    who are irresistible to beautiful women, then in real life beautiful women will
    find the real thing just as alluring.

    Hank’s critically acclaimed novel, “God Hates Us All,” was bought by
    Hollywood and turned into a romantic comedy, “Crazy Little Thing Called
    Love,” starring Tom and Katie.

    Hank, who moved his girlfriend, Karen (Natascha McElhone), and their
    daughter, Becca (Madeleine Martin), to Los Angeles when the movie deal
    began, hates the movie and finds that he can no longer write. Not long after
    the move Karen left him for a wealthy, stable man who wants to marry her,
    and took Becca with her. Hank wants Karen and Becca back, and seeks
    solace — or revenge — by drinking, smoking, taking drugs and sleeping with
    a slew of attractive women, like the wife of a studio executive and the under-
    age daughter of a rival. He treats them all with cavalier contempt. “I’m
    disgusted with my life and myself,” he tells a friend. “But I’m not unhappy
    about that.”

    Instead of straightening out Hank sinks deeper and deeper into debauchery
    and self-pity, with occasional flashes of indignation at the indignity of being
    a woman in Hollywood. Beautiful, sexy women are constantly taking off their
    clothes and asking Hank to evaluate their assets, asking his advice on
    whether they need breast implants or vaginal rejuvenation. Mostly he objects
    to Brazilian bikini waxes that make grown women look like little girls. That
    preference is held up in the script as a sign of Hank’s superiority. Mostly,
    however, he is self-righteous.

    “Why is L.A. so hellbent on destroying its female population?” Hank wonders
    in a ranting entry on the blog he begins writing for a trendy Internet
    magazine. His puzzlement is puzzling, since he seems more determined than
    most to humiliate the women he sleeps with and discards. Hank is a little like
    a professional card sharp who complains that ordinary players are becoming
    too mistrustful.

    He takes pride in being a good father: snatching Becca from an
    unchaperoned party, fining her a dollar anytime she uses profanity. He is
    sanctimonious about how other people raise their children, even though his
    daughter walks into his apartment and finds a naked woman there, and on
    another occasion he has sex with a drug-addled woman in Karen’s house
    while Karen and Becca are having dinner with friends in a nearby room.

    When Hank and a woman he just met begin having sex at her apartment,
    he hears the woman’s daughter cry out in a nearby room. The woman seems
    intent on ignoring her child and continuing with their tryst, but Hank is
    repelled by her lack of maternal instincts. “Go be with your daughter,” he
    says.

    “Californication” tries to poke fun at the hypocrisy and delusions of
    Hollywood, but it doesn’t have enough wit or sense of place to be very
    convincing. Mostly the series comes off as male payback for “Sex and the
    City,” a series that often belittled men and treated them as sex objects.
    Hank has a vintage Porsche convertible instead of Manolo Blahnik shoes,
    but the tables are turned, and Hank sits in judgment, typing his musings
    and ranting in his blog.

    It’s an adult comedy with a childish point.

    CALIFORNICATION

    Showtime, tonight at 10:30, Eastern and Pacific times; 9:30,
    Central time.

    Created by Tom Kapinos; Mr. Kapinos, David Duchovny and Stephen Hopkins,
    executive producers; Melanie Greene, co-executive producer.

    WITH: David Duchovny (Hank Moody), Natascha McElhone (Karen), Madeleine
    Martin (Becca), Madeline Zima (Mia), Evan Handler (Charlie).






    Warren Beatty: actor, director, writer, producer.

    ***** celeb

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    I liked the show pretty well, but did it strike anyone else that there was a lot of gratuitous female (of course) nudity that really didn't seem to serve any purpose other than making the show seem 'racy'? Frankly, to me that shit is tired.

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    ^^Agreed. I though the same thing when I watched it.

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    PB, did you ever get to see the wonderment that is Duchovny when they filmed X-Files in Vancouver?
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    I don't find his character in this show even slightly appealing. That hurt little boy under the wounded asshole exterior is just worn out. The kind of guy who is a jerk to women but only because he is so in love with his ex, which is supposed to show his 'sensitive' side. Blech.

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    I love this show. I caught the preair and...fallen. David is just, well he's david.
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    hola Lani! Love ya girl!!!

    yeah you can't really describe David, he's a big loveable pervert! and im sure he could get ANY woman or man he wanted!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Laurent View Post
    PB, did you ever get to see the wonderment that is Duchovny when they filmed X-Files in Vancouver?
    Oh yes, I was allowed to be in his presence more than once, . Actually, he's never done it for me as an actor or a man, but I know I'm in the minority. There's something ferret-like about his face and I don't like his lips. Plus, he is incredibly arrogant and stuck on himself -- the crews he worked had lots of tales. I know a guy who worked on the show the whole time it was filmed here and let's just say, David never met a mirror he didn't love.

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    ^^^
    can you blame him?

    i guess i'm in the minority but nudity, gratuitous or not, doesn't bother me in the slightest. i mean, it's supposed to reflect life, and people are often naked in real life, what are they supposed to do, chastely cover themselves with a sheet when no one would do that irl? wouldn't really fly with the show, since the guy is supposed to be a man whore and i doubt his conquests are all prudes. and he obviously likes looking at naked chicks so it kind of makes sense.
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    David was really weird on Rove Live the other week... but Rove DID tell him he has a nice ass.

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