I am always interested in seeing which actors and actresses can shake iconic roles and continue to have successful film and television careers worth noting.
Of course it's not a competion, but it will be interesting to continue to watch how David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson do post X-Files which went off the air in 2002.
If it wear my guess, I would think Gillian Anderson would have the best chances of success in the years to come. I think if she could steal some Julianne-Moore-esque roles she could really shake the image of Dana Skully. I've read a few times over the years that Anderson felt trapped in her x-files role, and has no interest of appearing in another x-files movie, but would prefer to play more important roles.
Gillian Anderson has had a few roles post x-files including her Emmy nominated role in the British television series Bleak House, a role in the critical film The Last King of Scotaland (left with James McAvoy), and on Friday appears in the British thriller film Straightheads (premiering in the UK).
Personally, I would think David Duchovny would have a tougher time getting roles in A-quality films.
His most credible post X-Files credits was the theatrical film Trust The Man, and the more recent Jake Kasdan film The TV Set (pictured right). Duchovny will also be performing along side Halle Berry and Benicio Del Toro in the emotional drama Things We Lost in the Fire, which comes out this Fall.
Previous Strangeculture X-Files post from this week can be found here and here.
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