The X-Files shot scenes for their revival series a few weeks ago in 1 of the dirties places in all of Canada with one of the shows stars, David Duchovny.
Carrall street, in the heart of the Downtown Eastside is 1 of the most unappealing places you'll want to spend any amount of time at. So I suppose its no shock then that the crew for The X-Files, and its star spent almost no time there filming a scene that they only did 3 takes of.
In the scene, David, as Fox Mulder comes out of a door after a younger black man comes out it. Mulder looks across the street, whistles at "someone" who is off camera that he seems annoyed at before he follows on foot after the man that came out first.
David spent MAYBE 15 minutes total there, and 2/3 of that was waiting to do the 1st take. Once he got his takes in, he got out of there as fast as he could, but did stop long enough to sign an autograph for me before he got into his shuttle and left...and who could blame him. The stench of weeks or months worth of urine smell that had been slightly dormant, was revitalized there when the crew washed down the street for the scene, which only made an already terribly unappealing block much worse in the heat.
A couple days later, a scene was being shot across the street from Victory Square in downtown Vancouver for The X-Files. This has been a popular filming location for years. Its pretty rare for something NOT to be filming in that alley at least once every couple weeks.
In the scene, 2 currently unidentified actors (if you know them, please let me know so I can correctly credit them.) were talking part way down the alley before David as Fox Mulder comes up to them, flashes his badge & joins in on the conversation.
They had a homeless encampment set up across the street at the top of the alley. Lots of the regulars to sets joked that they could have saved the $ of a set designer & just had the frequent amount of homeless already in the park set up there.
After that scene ended. There was a long break as they set up for another scene. I called it a day.
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