The truth is in here: 9 essential X-Files facts

The truth is out there! Also, it’s right below, in our top nine trivia selection for veteran X-Philes and newcomers to Chris Carter’s incredible show.

Chris Carter used to write and edit Surfer magazine. “Surfing’s an addiction,” he said in 1998.


The X-Files was inspired by a report claiming 3.7 million Americans have been abducted by aliens.

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Bruce Campbell, Adam Baldwin, Dean Cain and Lou Diamond Phillips all auditioned to play Mulder.


Scully was inspired by Jodie Foster’s portrayal of Clarice Starling in The Silence of the Lambs.

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Jodie Foster voiced Betty, the talking tattoo, in Season 4 episode Never Again.

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While Mulder believes and Scully’s sceptical, in life it’s Anderson, not Duchovny, who believes.”Psychokinesis appeals to me.ESP, telling the future – I love that stuff!” said Gillian Anderson in 1994

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The show was originally shot in Vancouver as, says Carter, that’s “where the good forests are.”


The whistle at the heart of Mark Snow’s theme was inspired by ’85 Smiths’ track How Soon is Now?

To offset their height difference, 5’3″ Anderson stood on a box when filming with 6′ Duchovny.