David Duchovny's educational dream

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 19 April 2010

David Duchovny's educational dream

David Duchovny hopes one day to complete his doctorate in comparative literature, but admits it is unlikely to happen

David Duchovny wants to go back to school.

The 'Jonses' actor - who has daughter Madelaine, 11, and seven-year-old son Kyd with wife Tea Leoni - admits he often thinks about completing his doctorate in comparative literature, but has accepted it is unlikely to ever happen.

David - who left Yale University without completing his thesis - said: "My career started, so I couldn't afford the time to finish it, but I do retain an academic interest in literature.

"Actually, I have an interest in finishing my PhD, but I just know I never will. It's like if I almost became a surgeon - that doesn't mean I am going to operate on anybody right now."

As well as being an avid reader, David, 49, has been working on a script for a movie, but after accepting it will be a struggle to get his work onto the big screen, is now considering turning it into a novel instead.

He added to the Sunday Times newspaper: "I have things in mind for writing and directing, but the scripts I write seem to fall into this independent world which I started veering towards as I was finishing 'The X Files', about 10 years ago.

"And it is a hard world right now, when you want to make the kind of movies I am writing. I think they could be popular, and could do business, but it's hard to prove that at the script stage. At some point, I think somebody is going to take a chance and give me some money to make one.

"I have been working on this script this past winter, and I think it is quite dense. I don't know if it is a movie or not. I hope it is, but I am also going to turn it into a novel, just in case."

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