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Superfan Joel McHale excited for his role in The X Files


star Joel McHale has been talking to Esquire about being really, really excited to be joining The X Files revival.

"I think I have seen every episode. At one point, someone mentioned that I was a fan and David Duchovny was standing there and he said, 'Are you a fan?' and I said, 'Yes, yes I am, Mr Duchovny. Please don't be mad. You guys have no idea how big of a fan I was'.

"And they were like, 'Okay.' They were so cool about it because I was like, 'I know you're a huge Soup fan, right dude?' It was still a dream come true.

His character conservative news anchor Tad O'Malley will play a pivotal role in the new show, asking Mulder and Scully to open a new investigation by introducing them to alien abductee Sveta (Annet Mahendru) who believes she is being repeatedly abducted by aliens.

On getting the call from his agent, Mchale added "Believe me, I thought it was a prank when my agents first called."

The X Files returns for six new episodes next year...

The X Files

Chris Carter's The X Files was the cultural zeitgeist of the 1990s, turning Mulder and Scully into television heroes. With its mix of aliens, conspiracies, monsters and serial killers, it revolutionised cult television and returned for new six-part revival in 2016 and another 10 episodes in 2018. Check out our 'The X Files Revisited', reviewing key episodes from across all seasons and both movies and our weekly reviews of season 11.

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