The actor admits he was broke when the job offer to play Fox Mulder in the hit sci-fi series was offered to him - but he felt he couldn't let his friend down.
Duchovny recalls, "I had another job - a two-day role or something - and I had promised the director that I would do this role. It conflicted with The X-Files... and I told my agents that I'm not gonna do The X-Files. I said, 'There's a lot of other shows like that that'll come along.'"
It was a chance call from the show's casting director Randy Stone that helped him change him mind - and become an overnight household name.
Duchovny adds, "He said to me, 'I've only said this to one other actor: If you take this job, you'll never have to work again. I said that to Woody Harrelson on Cheers.'"