'D' is for Duchovny, and
BY CINDY PEARLMAN (April 24, 2005)
The D stands for Dear Old Friends. David Duchovny got a call from
one of those last weekend.
"I pick up my cell phone and it's a very familiar voice I
haven't heard in over a year," says the actor, who makes his
directorial debut in the film "House of D," which opens
Yes, the former Agent Fox Mulder of "The X Files" was
again listening to the mellow tones of Agent Dana Scully.
She was not on the line to report an alien attack in the City of
"Gillian Anderson was in Los Angeles and she caught my movie,"
Duchovny says. "She wanted to call to say she really loved
it and that meant so much to me because the call was out of the
blue. I haven't spoken to her in over a year. We e-mail, but it
was good to hear the voice of a friend."
Duchovny needs some support for his directorial effort, which many
have called a charming coming of age story set in New York City.
Others haven't been as kind.
"Critics aren't really helping," says a blunt Duchovny
over tea at the Ritz Carlton in Chicago. "I really have to
depend on word of mouth with this movie.
"It's painful," he adds. "You work hard. You work
sincerely. I'm not trying to rip anyone off or pull the wool over
anyone's eyes. I'm not trying to hurt the children. I'm trying to
make a movie to reach out and maybe make you feel or think a little
The movie marks Duchovny's big-screen directorial debut in his
favorite genre: coming-of-age films. "House of D" revolves
around a teenage boy named Tommy (Anton Yelchin) in New York, who
later becomes an American artist living in Paris (Duchovny).
The story flashes back to Tommy's troubled childhood near the women's
house of detention in New York City -- the House of D. Tommy also
must come to terms with his depressed mother (played by Duchovny's
real-life wife ....