As '90s revivals go, the X-Files reboot is one of the most hyped of all time. Sure, Gillian Anderson was only offered half of David Duchovny's pay for the new season, but reviving our favorite '90s drama is worth a little sexism, right? (Luckily Anderson put her foot down and forced Fox to match Duchovny's pay; if anything she should make more than him off the reboot because Scully is the real MVP of the X-Files. But I digress.) The show is beloved for its alien conspiracy theories, monsters, and general paranormal tinge, but creator Chris Carter says the X-Files might be closer to the truth than even he knows.
"I had someone come up to me during the original run of the series who said they worked in some high place in a secret government agency, [and] said that we were very close to the truth," Carter told the Huffington Post.
Carter didn't know whether to take said mysterious person seriously, but he says the FBI's reaction speaks for itself. "When I wrote the pilot, I called the FBI to do some research, and they were nice enough but didn't really give me the time of day," he said. "Then all of a sudden, as we got close to airing, the FBI called and said, 'Who are you and what are you doing?' And for a second I thought it was going to be the long arm of the law coming in to shut me down." Perhaps the show got a little too close to the truth, which as you've heard, is out there.
Eventually the FBI became fans of the show. Carter even says he's shot "many a firearm" with the bureau, because nothing brings people together like weapons I guess. X-Files is set to return tomorrow after a 14-year absence, just in time for the snow day.