David Duchovny took to songwriting roughly 10 years ago and is about to release his third album, "Gestureland" which includes his new anti-Trump single, "Layin' on the Tracks."
The actor and recording artist spoke with Yahoo Entertainment the day after the election, when results were still very much in flux.
"I can't put up with another four years of this guy," Duchovny said, adding that he went to bed depressed but woke up with renewed hope that Joe Biden may win.
Duchovny also weighed in on one of his most beloved characters, Fox Mulder of "The X-Files," who was an avid conspiracy theorist. With misinformation and conspiracy theories abounding on social media, Duchovny thought Mulder would find fertile ground in today's world.
"I'd be sitting here going, 'So Mulder, he'd be like a QAnon [member]?'" he said. "And that bothers me. And I'd like to think that's not true ... because Mulder was on to something true."
He added, "[But] the QAnon people would say the same thing, they'd say, 'we're on to something true.'"
LYNDSEY PARKER: Obviously, this interview is taking place during the election week. And you just released the anti-Trump song right before the election called "Layin' on the Tracks" which is hardly subtle about how you feel. You sing about a stupid orange man in a cheap red hat. Where, in general, is your head at right now after such a crazy night?
DAVID DUCHOVNY: Well, I went to bed really depressed. And when I woke up this morning and I saw what was going on, I felt a lot better. I love the way I feel a lot more right now than the way I felt this morning. I felt gut punched. I felt very dark. I felt desolate. I felt, I can't put up with another four years of this guy. He's a cheater. He's a crook. He's a criminal. He deserves to be in prison for many different things.
I'm just hoping that we get to this point at least where we can start to have a discussion over the things that are creating a country in which this election would be this close. And the other part is, you know, the social media aspect and the disinformation and Facebook and all that. The electoral college, Facebook, disinformation, foreign interference, they're all part of what's making this stuff so difficult to understand and makes it so hard to talk to one another.
Because people are arguing different sets of facts. And that's-- that's a tough way to argue. Facebook has got to get its act together somehow. Or we're [BEEP]. You know, we do need to function from the same fact playbook. You know, we do need to come together with the same group of objective facts. We can all have different ideas about those facts. But we can't-- we're not entitled to our own facts.
LYNDSEY PARKER: There's a term that's been flying around for the last four years called fake news. And you were talking about Facebook just a minute and how the misinformation spreads that way. So I'm curious, it's kind of a weird question. But obviously, among many other things, you are famous for being Fox Mulder from "The X-Files," who was like a famous conspiracy theorist. Of course, in his case, a lot of his conspiracy theories were true. He was right.
And he was on the right side of fictional history. But with all the-- the climate we have now, like do you ever feel like you're in a real life X-Files? I'm trying to imagine like an X-Files world but like in Facebook, like if Fox was on Facebook back then. Do you ever like sort of get deja vu or anything like that?
DAVID DUCHOVNY: I mean, I have thought about it, just because it's an obvious thing to think about because-- especially for me who played that character. And it is odd. Because I'd be sitting here going, so Mulder, he'd be like a QAnon. And that bothers me. And I like to think that it's not true. Because, as you say, you know, Mulder was onto something true. And the QAnon people would say the same thing, right. They say, we're onto something true.
You know, so it's a weird thing to think about. It's certainly of a different time. And certainly conspiracies have always made for good movies and television, because they're dramatic. And they have bad guys.
LYNDSEY PARKER: Obviously, there was a relatively recent X-Files mini-series recently. But if you were doing one now, would it be addressing the Facebook conspiracy groups and all that? Like what would be your thoughts about what an X-Files in 2020 would look like?
DAVID DUCHOVNY: Yeah. That's the question for people who may or may not want The X-Files to continue. Like the question would be for Chris Carter or for Fox or anybody who might be interested in seeing what was left in that show, what are the stories we're going to tell now? What is the position? Where would Mulder be in all this? So yeah, I mean, that's the question, certainly is interesting to think about.
LYNDSEY PARKER: I'm curious if you'd ever want to marry the acting and singing together and do something like a musical, like your own "American Idiot" or "Hedwig and the Angry Inch."
DAVID DUCHOVNY: I'd love to. Again, you know, I think I'd have to do it. Because, again, I don't think anybody's out there going, that guy should do a musical.
LYNDSEY PARKER: I am. I just said it.
DAVID DUCHOVNY: But I have thought about it, you know. And I worked with Tim Minchin, who's just such a talented guy, on "Californication." and I've fantasized about like giving Tim a call and going, hey, let's do a musical. You know, let's give Tim a call. Tim.
LYNDSEY PARKER: Californication, The Musical or The X-Files The Musical, I'm actually kind of surprised that hasn't happened yet. That someone hasn't-- because everything, every big TV show and movie is being turned into a musical at some point.
DAVID DUCHOVNY: You know, like Suddenly Scully, like Suddenly Seymour, Suddenly Scully.
LYNDSEY PARKER: You released the song "Layin' on The Tracks," which is from your upcoming album. And you released it right before the election. But my understanding is you actually wrote it and recorded it quite some time ago. So why don't you tell me what was inspiring it at the time that you created it?
DAVID DUCHOVNY: It kind of goes after Trump. I mean, that's like the line that would jump out at you. People go, oh, anti-Trump, whatever. But if you cared to look at the lyrics, I'm questioning myself as well, too. I say, the part of me that turned away, I had to kill. I had to break the chain. I had to get involved. I had to-- because you're suffering is my pain. It is my suffering. Your suffering is my suffering.
It's the singer of the song, who is me, is trying to say I'm sorry for turning away. I don't want to turn away anymore. It's not just like, [BEEP] you Trump. But it's also, [BEEP] you David and, you know, get better. I was kind of playing around with darkness in myself that-- that had pushed me into certain areas, while I was trying to inhabit and investigate the darkness in this country.
LYNDSEY PARKER: What do you think about the idea that some people have, not-- that I certainly don't have, that celebrities should stay out of politics, even musicians who have a history of being political, like Tom Morello from Rage Against the Machine, for instance? [INAUDIBLE] when people say, just shut up and sing.
DAVID DUCHOVNY: All I have on this planet is my point of view and my words, my music, my acting, whatever. If it comes out in a way that's appropriate for this day and age and voting in this election, then that's where I was at. I certainly sympathize with people that are really tired of celebrities, hearing their opinions on [BEEP] when they're not experts. And I'm a fan of experts.
You know, that's-- that's one of the main problems I have with the Trump administration is they hire people who don't know what they're doing. Because they're manipulatable. I'm a fan of experts. And if you could get back experts back in government, I would be happy to tell my fellow celebrities to shut the [BEEP] up.