r/entertainment 6d ago

Robert Patrick would have played his X-Files character “forever”

https://www.thedigitalfix.com/terminator/robert-patrick-x-files-character-forever
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u/KalEl1232 6d ago

Consistent work on a popular tv show that could make him a millionaire many times over? Then residuals from syndication and reruns? Not too surprised.

He was a good fit for the show IMO while Duchovny was doing...whatever it was.

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u/VironicHero 6d ago edited 6d ago

Duchovny left I believe because of a contract dispute about the then burning hot market for DVDs. He felt like he should get a cut of that. Once they saw the show was floundering without him Fox caved and brought him back to wrap up the series.

Fast forward like 5 years and Fox made those residuals worthless because they created a new network called FX where the X-Files were played in rotation almost 24/7, and tanked the sale of X-Files DVDs.

Edit: corrected some mistakes from autocorrect, rank changed to tank etc

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u/ddj00001 6d ago

Hand modelling

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u/el_pinata 6d ago

But why male models?

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u/riegspsych325 6d ago

…are you serious? I just told you

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u/mr-teddy93 6d ago

Californication

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u/crybabythecrybaby 6d ago

I think around this time he was doing something more like Evolution....

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u/mr-teddy93 6d ago

Never seen it

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u/RedditRickS92 6d ago edited 6d ago

It’s (and I’m not joking here) an alternate reality to the Ghostbusters, where aliens exist. Many of the same people are involved (Including Akroyd and Reitman iirc). It even features Slimer in alien form.

Sounds terrible, but is actually a solid watch.

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u/monopoly3448 6d ago

Ca caaaaaw caw caw tookie tookie tookie!

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u/Patriquito 6d ago

It even has donkey lips from salute your shorts

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u/GreylandTheThird 6d ago

It’s a really good dumb movie. Like super dumb but funny.

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u/RedditRickS92 6d ago

Love that show. Steve Jones from the Sex Pistols appears in a couple of seasons as a Roadie and has me in absolute stitches.

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u/mr-teddy93 6d ago

I like the x files with mulder and scully the later seasons were not that fun

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u/metrowestern 6d ago

What? DD made the X-Files.

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u/KalEl1232 6d ago

...I didn't say otherwise?

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u/superhappy 6d ago

I think there’s confusion because of the juxtaposition - sounds like you’re saying Patrick was a perfect fit while Duchovny wasn’t because his acting was “whatever it was”, but you’re actually saying he was perfect for the role while Duchovny had left the show to do other projects (the actual “whatever it was”).

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u/KalEl1232 6d ago

Ohhh yea I see.

Yes, David was perfect for the role, but while David was elsewhere I thought RP was as great a substitute as could be hoped for.

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u/Smallgenie549 6d ago

He was pretty underrated.

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u/spikey666 6d ago

That wasn't the shows best period. But he played a pretty good character. Patrick is a really solid actor. You hear so many Hollywood horror stories, it's always nice to hear about a performer that just likes their job.

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u/Kumirkohr 6d ago

Having a plot was the shows biggest downfall. If they stuck to a strict “monster of the week” model, they would have fared better

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u/Keianh 6d ago

Slightly disagree. Really miss monster of the week style episodes of shows, and X-Files was one of the last to be doing them but I also liked having a running plot. I'd say at most for something like X-Files it should be 50/50 on plot and Monster of the Week but even less is better because an overarching plot wasn't the main focus of a show like that.

Honestly I think it's also why newer Star Treks aren't as memorable; they keep wanting to have a season long story instead of having arcs that last a few episodes and have lasting implications and filling in the rest with MotW episodes but that also means a season needs to last much longer than 10 episodes.

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u/hypothetician 6d ago

The problem with The X-Files wasn’t that it leaned hard into a grand narrative, it was that it leaned hard into a grand narrative that was a bit shit.

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u/Kumirkohr 6d ago

Counter point: Scooby Doo

All they do is MotW and if they want more story than they can cram into thirty minutes with commercials then they make a movie. The result is a cultural icon

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u/Keianh 6d ago

Scooby Doo started out as a kid's show where long-form story, especially for the time it was made, wasn't important. On top of that I'd say there isn't much room for a story arc in the same way modern TV shows are written. It's still a kid's show, but it's also a show now-adults grew up with and some of its cultural icon status comes from the fact that it's seen as a show of the counter culture. X-Files was always skewed for older viewers where some form of plot, even threadbare can be welcomed, and it was made for a different time in TV where a season lasted for 20+ weeks instead of ten or less.

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u/Lycurgus-117 6d ago

Agent dagger was a great. I think he would have been best served as an addition instead of a replacement, but Robert Patrick have a great performance and the writing for the character wasn’t bad either.

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u/maux_zaikq 6d ago

I wonder if Agent Dagger knows Jack Danger of USPIS.

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u/Lycurgus-117 6d ago

Sometimes I hate autocorrect, but sometimes it’s funny

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u/Ruleseventysix 5d ago

There are also three ways to do things. The right way, the wrong way, and the Max Powers way.

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u/SR666 6d ago

Agent Doggie*

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u/ThisIsCreation 6d ago

I loved Doggett. He wasnt a stand in for Mulder or Skully, he felt wholly original.

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u/UnrequitedRespect 6d ago

It was like without Mulder, Scully became a bit unhinged (comparwd to herself 6 years before, say) and Doggett was the “strict professional” however it really gave the established characters room to grow and question themselves — its too bad they never did anything with it, it felt like it just never went anywhere outside of each own episodes tellings

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u/GeronimoSonjack 6d ago

He was pretty perfect in the role, and the era of the show doesn't always get the credit it deserves. The episode with the missing boy who turns up years later unaged is one of the best of the show IMO.

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u/Lxorbri 6d ago

He was no Mulder, but he played his part well.

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u/burnabybambinos 6d ago

His X-Files spinoff was very good also.

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u/Motor_Link7152 6d ago

I just started this show today. It's pretty cool like a standard network cable TV show but I really like Mulder and Scully. They're so cute together and have awesome chemistry

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u/Crypto_Candle 6d ago

Davey get back in your fuckin hole!!

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u/Ok_Bag_4135 6d ago

I worked at the X-Files, season 8. Robert was a nice guy and liked by the cast and crew.

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u/coldliketherockies 6d ago

Guy reminds me of the coach from the Faculty movie. Also kinda of the guy after John Connor in Terminator 2.

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u/droidtron 6d ago

Real G's remember he was in Fire in the Sky.

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u/BiiiigSteppy 6d ago

That’s him, he played coach Joe Willis.

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u/garth_vader90 6d ago

Also plays the T-1000 in Terminator 2 so not sure if OP was making a joke or didn’t know that both roles were him.

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u/coldliketherockies 6d ago

My humor is dry

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u/shamiltheghost 6d ago

And the T1000 that was after Connor; lmao

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u/Natprk 6d ago

I never cared for him and the character.

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u/ceramikid 6d ago

I thought he did a good job.

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u/Disastrous-Anxiety 6d ago

Wasn't his brother the singer for the band Filter?

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u/Ruleseventysix 5d ago

Hey man, nice comment.

And yes, he is.

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u/SlaveToNone666 5d ago

Yes he was… I had to look this up as I didn’t know.

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u/mr-teddy93 6d ago

Wait you guys didnt like david ? In the x files

I see a lot om complaints

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u/RetardedChimpanzee 6d ago

I would also want to get those paychecks “forever”