Saturday, August 30, 2008

X-ey Back

One of the best episodes of the X-Files, and I was a total X-Files freak...was with Peter Boyle. Boyle played a psychic that could foretell people's deaths. In a funny moment the script riffs on David Duchovny persona as a sex obsessed soul...

Clyde Bruckman: You know, there are worse ways to go, but I can't think of a more undignified way than autoerotic asphyxiation.
Mulder: Why are you telling me that?
Clyde Bruckman: Look, forget I mentioned it. It's none of my business.

"David Duchovny has entered a rehabilitation center for sex addiction, The Associated Press reported. Mr. Duchovny, who plays a sex-obsessed character on the Showtime show “Californication,” did so voluntarily, according to a statement on Thursday from his lawyer, Stanton Stein (to People magazine). The statement also quoted Mr. Duchovny as saying, "I have voluntarily entered a facility for the treatment of sex addiction. I ask for respect and privacy for my wife and children as we deal with this situation as a family.” Mr. Duchovny has been married to the actress Téa Leoni since 1997. They have two children. The second season of “Californication” begins on Sept. 28." NYTs: It's always interesting to me when The New York Times is qetting info from People magazine.

Get well soon, David Duchovny! The world needs funny performers like you!


Wandering Coyote said...

I totally love David and The X-Files (though the last two seasons sucked, IMO). I really want to see the new movie because I thought the first movie was so great. I wish David & his family all the best.

pjazzypar said...

I never watched X-Files because I don't like Science Fiction...abnormal stuff creeps me out, but I digress. I do wish I had watched because I absolutely adore Duchovny. I love this film with him, Robin Williams, Tea Leoni and Erykah Badu entitled "House of D". Great movie! If you haven't already seen it you should check it out.

Wandering Coyote said...

He was also very sweet in "Connie and Carla." That's such a great movie!

Gardenia said...

I confess to really liking People magazine - and to being sort of a star stalker for 45 minutes whenever I get my hands on the mag, usually in doctor's offices, David always had this haunted look I thought that made his character so believable - guess this explains it....Hooray for his courage to deal with a problem that is kept "swept under the rug" even in today's society.

Deana said...

Maybe I've spent too much time treating addiction, maybe I'm just a word bitch, but I've become increasingly irked by people saying stuff like "He was, like, being SOOO passive-aggressive". By this I mean the dilution of a genuine disorder with a nifty handle. I'm in a fit of pique, at this moment, at Mr. Duchovny's admirers purporting to feel him while using the pop term, "Sex addiction". If you really support the man, consider pledging to always use the more descriptive and accurate term, "process addiction"...this dude has a process addiction.Sex is as incidental to the drama as a specific substance is to a substance addiction. It's a clue as to the pathology. A clue, not the thing itself.

Rauf said...

oh i loved this spooky man Candy, and Scully more. Never heard of such addiction. i was addicted to this series, it fed my imagination. i was obsessed with alien stories. saw the movie too. Then the TV went out of my life.
Hope our man gets well soon.
Hope you are doing fine Candy.

Candy Minx said...

Wandering Coyote, I loved the movie version too. I haven't watched any of the show since it ended because I am looking forward to getting the whole series and working my way through it again. I used to feel so excited when it was X-Files night. I really liked the mystery, how the show touched upon a mass feeling of suspicion of the government in so many people and the sexual tension between the characters. Also, it was a program that had really good characters in smaller roles.

Pjazzypar, I wanted to thank you for your awesome comments a couple days ago regarding your students I understand about not wanting to watch sci-fi because it's too scary. It's true some episodes of X-Files were creepy. I loved the "House of D", and I really love Tea Leoni and Eryka Badu.

Wandering Coyote, I don't know that movie, I'll look for it thanks!

Gardenia, I always land up seeing the magazines too. I don't buy them but they always seem to show up. We use them in collages sometimes! I agree with you that there is something admirable about Duchovny's press release. And it is strange how much I feel worried about him. I have always enjoyed him when he is interviewed ona talk show because he has such a cool sense of humour.

Deana, I am sorry that I used the NYTs press release and David Duchovny's quote about his reason for entering hospital. And you're right so many of us outside a profession take terminolgoy and adopt it for common language. This happens with art and movies too. I always have to bite my tongue when some people talk about art or movies. They take technical jargon and try to transpose it to their own opinion of a movie, and it is often frustrating for me. I know how it feels to listen to an amateur talk about one's job: especially in work that is "over-specialized" (like art and film making or addiction treatment)...and it can be an awful feeling. I apologize for using Duchovny's quote and maybe when he is in treatment his language will change too if he ever talks in public again about his health.

I was going to add some links regarding addiction for my visitors but ran out of time yesterday.

Here are some links regarding addiction and process addicition:

Candy Minx said...

Rauf, great to see you! It's been a long time. That is very cool you watched the show X-Files, I should have known. Yes, I am doing well, lots of exciting adventures in my life right now. I hope you are doing fine too, it's just great to see you around and blogging!

Deana said...

Hey, Candy, I wasn't railing on about you, wouldn't you think you could trust the NYT to take the high road? After all, these are the folks who referred to Ice Cube as Mr. Cube. Maybe Sam Zell is right. It's ALL the Red Eye now.

Candy Minx said...

Ice Cube as Mr. Cube, oh my god, thats funny!

I didn't think you were ranting on me, but I did think you raised an important distinction. One I sometimes falllazy with too.,, that said, when I get all upset at times when someone uses a phrase or term in a context that I think perpetuates intolerance or ignorance etc. I think the substance abuse, the addicitons of so many celelbrities is understood to be serious yet people don't always research further. They may read about these things in People magazine or on Oprah...without fully understanding. I also felt bad as several of my visitors are very well versed in treatment dialogue and in rehab or I felt like I may have been too sloppy yesterday.

I think the phenomenon of taking "technical language or jargon" and seeing it incoporated into every day common language is a frustrating and fascinating occurance. Many of the terms for literary criticism, for computer engineering and for treatment (mental, physical, emotional) were never conceived for use in everyday common communication...often designed for specialized use and opening dialogue with patients.

Even my sharing of a similar sensation regarding film or art criicism is not deserving to be compared with medical language or treatment and the "dilution" you so aptly recognize.

When I read someone doesn't like a movie and therefore it makes it a "bad movie" I could pull my hair out....people confusing their own taste with rating a movies value is so depressing to me. Often people don't like a movie because of the craziest reasons, like someone's reputation, something in the warddrobe, something with the actors persona or directors...but...these opinions confused with the stature or accomplishment of a moive are one is gonna die because they use the word "temporal" "ambient" or "method" out of context...or they don't take "mise-en-scene" into acocunt when they rank a movie. No body is gonna die.


Your points were far more serious and I thank you.

Bridget Jones said...

Best of luck, Mulder.

Gardenia said...

Deana is dead right - we did an oops, but having also been addiction counselor (years ago) and having some personal experience, though I am certainly not up on current trends and research, I automatically know any "addiction" is only one tiny peace of algae on top of an ocean, complex human beings that we all are.

Everyone seeks labels to make sense of things we don't understand or are uncomfortable with, or because of our need to categorize and fit life events, ideas, etc. into our minds. We like our lives tidy, thus does help to communicate.

David is one of my heroes for being so honest and brave to go forth toward a better life for himself and family!

Deana said...

Dear Gardenia,
I'm not sure we don't seek out such labels, and the perceived symptoms, in an effort to co-opt them and, therefore, distance ourselves from them. I'm certain it hasn't been too long since you heard someone saying "I'm so in denial.." And yet, you know that denial, being an unconscious process, isn't perceived by the person experiencing it, i.e., if you think you're in denial, you're not. When we use these labels to communicate are we really trying to say something or lead ourselves away from the real concept, self-protectively? It just seems like a giant attempt to avoid any concept that takes some thought or feeling, but to just keep talking. Always talking.

Red said...

I hope this sex addiction business is just a stunt to launch the second series of Californication...

I think Duchovny is a sleazebag, and the older he gets, the more he looks like Larry Sanders, which is really not very attractive at all.

The X-Files... I was never a fan. Most of all, I hated the formulaic approach to Gillian Anderson's character. The way her skepticism would make way for a flicker of "ooh, perhaps there is something out there" only to return to skepticism at the beginning of the next episode and having the same journey. Over and over again.