During a recent talk show appearance, X-Files star David Duchovny revealed that he once auditioned for classic ABC sitcom Full House. Ah, Full House. Depending on who one talks too, it’s either one of the best sitcoms of all time or one of the worst. Some people find Full House’s blend of family-friendly humor and sentimental life lessons to be utterly charming, while others find the show to be sickeningly sweet. Whichever side one falls on, it’s impossible to deny that Full House has cultivated quite the loyal fanbase for itself.
While many notable actors appeared on Full House during the sitcom’s original TGIF run, David Duchovny wasn’t one of them. However, it turns out that wasn’t by choice. Prior to hitting it big as Mulder and subsequently becoming a TV mainstay, Duchovny was like any other actor struggling to make it in Hollywood, having experienced small tastes of fame on season 2 of Twin Peaks and in thriller films like The Rapture and Kalifornia. Duchovny even played a small role in the 1992 animal-based comedy Beethoven.
While everyone has to start somewhere – and Duchovny had at least had some success, which is more than many actors can say about their early years in the industry – it’s not hard to see why the future Fox Mulder would have gladly spent some time at Full House’s famous San Francisco abode. What’s more likely to surprise people is that Duchovny originally auditioned in hopes of playing one of the three lead characters on the series. He revealed this during an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live, and a clip of the segment can be seen above. For those unable to watch, here’s his quote.
“I was auditioning for every show that would have me. Right before [The X-Files pilot], I had great disappointment, because I had auditioned for a show called Full House a couple of years earlier. I had actually auditioned for all three parts. They could not figure out how to use me. All they could figure out was that they did not want to use me.”
Things certainly worked out well for David Duchovny in retrospect, but it’s nevertheless amusing to imagine him portraying either Danny Tanner, Uncle Jesse, or Joey. While Duchovny is not necessarily thought of as a comedic actor – despite starring for seven seasons on Showtime comedy Californication – he’s shown a real talent for dry wit over the years, and also a willingness to look silly if it means getting a laugh. One need only look at the hilarious X-Files two-parter called “Dreamland” for proof, in which Duchovny plays Michael McKean playing David Duchovny after Mulder gets body-swapped with McKean’s Morris Fletcher character.
Of the three characters Duchovny auditioned for, it seems like Danny would probably be the best fit for his strengths as an actor, as bizarre as that may sound. Danny dropped a lot of dry one-liners, and Duchovny has shown skills in that department. At the same time, Duchovny also managed to make Mulder one of the paragons of 90s TV cool, and that quality may have translated well into playing Uncle Jesse. With revival Fuller House now streaming on Netflix, perhaps Duchovny’s dreams of joining the franchise might one day still come true.
The X-Files season 11 premieres tonight on FOX.
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