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Gillian Anderson Confirms X-FILES 2?! And A Review Of Her New Film STRAIGHTHEADS!

Hey, everyone. ”Moriarty” here. It’s been a long time since there was anything noteworthy to report regarding the lovely Gillian Anderson. I harbored a shameless crush on her for much of the lifespan of X-FILES, but she’s fallen off my radar in recent years. It’s nice to see her show up in something cool like TRISTRAM SHANDY with Steve Coogan, but I’d love to see her as the lead in something great. Or barring that, in a really cool X-FILES sequel. Is that really happening? The rumors are certainly flying, and then today... well, check this out:

Hi Harry, Last Thursday, Gillian Anderson posted a rebuttal to recent reports that she 'hated' working on The X-Files to her official website. At the end of the post, she says (re David Duchovny): "Do I imagine that when we do the film together we won't hate each other for a few hours during the filming? No. We will. Vehemently. As David waits patiently, again and again for the hair dryer to calm my frizzy hair between takes so it matches the beginning of the scene... he will undoubtedly be thinking "what the hell was I thinking agreeing to shoot with her f****** frizzy hair again?". But we will also love each other and laugh with each other and pull pranks on each other and bug each other like we did for nine years." Nowhere else does she refer to "the film", but surely this must be X-Files 2? It's clear she's talking about something in the future, not the original film. If you use this, please call me 'Tish's Little Helper' :)

What’s she up to in the meantime? Well, she made a film that we’ve actually published a few other reviews for. I don’t recall the others being quite this negative, but this guy certainly argues his case well:

Hey Harry and general AICN folks, Here's a review of the seemingly UK-only revenge movie Straightheads(it's a gang term for civilians who live outside the life of crime).If you ask me it should stay that way, but it might be of interest to you guys in the States because Gillian Anderson gets naked in it. Very naked. Perhaps one for the Netflix queue? Hope you can use, have a nice weekend chaps Ali Before the opening credits of Straightheads roll, a National Lottery logo appears and fittingly flicks two fingers up at you. Funded by the National Lottery UK Film Council, this is a horrible waste of British money that would have been better spent building public toilets or car parks. When I buy my Lucky Dip ticket every week, I trust my £1 goes to a good cause – if Straightheads is where my money is going, then consider my gambling habit well and truly curbed. Adam (Danny Dyer, perhaps best known as Kent Paul in GTA Vice City in the States) is a CCTV installation boy who ends up romantically entangled with one of his posh customers, Alice (Gillian Anderson). After watching her strip off seductively in Glorious Quicktime, Adam and Alice embark on an unlikely relationship that sees her whisk him off to a high society party where he's laughed at by superior socialites. Driving home on a country road, the pair end up crashing after a little bit of auto-erotica and are surprised to find that the Jeep they just cut up has caught up with them. Out pile some country rubes who beat seven shades of shit out of Adam and brutally rape Alice. No one violates Agent Scully and gets away with it, so the couple form a poorly thought-out plan to execute a bloody revenge. Nothing about Straightheads manages to convince. The relationship between Dyer and Anderson is as awkward and stilted as you might imagine; we're supposed to believe that the chalk-and-cheese pairing of Cockernee geezer and posh totty is more than just a bunk-up, but there's a serious lack of chemistry and very little indication as to why the still strikingly attractive Anderson would be interested in a wimpy twat like Dyer. Their cringeworthy scenes of flirtation are like fingers down a blackboard ("So… would you like to come to a party with me?") and if Anderson was trying to pull off the role of a dangerous, edgy seductress, then perhaps the scene where she comically squats next to her car and takes a big steaming piss is a tad unnecessary. You'll see more convincing relationships on Friends. By far the most interesting roles should be those of the rapists – what drives a group of middle-aged men to roam country roads looking for fresh meat? Unfortunately, Straightheads is so concerned about racing to the finish line, it forgets about the who, what, where, when and why and renders the entire film impotent as a result. Ralph Brown (Withnail and I's Danny the Dealer) would appear to be the ringleader but is portrayed as a cackling maniac with no motivation or obvious signs of life. Without a good villain, we're reduced to watching scene after scene of aimless, clichéd retribution that's been better handled a thousands times before. Straw Dogs, for example. Straightheads is as shallow as a puddle and forgoes anything approaching realism in favour of OTT violence and needless gore. Tension is repeatedly pricked by the awful script and scenes of a sexual nature that are shoehorned into proceedings, like Dyer pathetically flogging his dead horse and several shots of Anderson's goods. Such titillation cannot paper over the cracks: there's no escaping the fact that the two main characters are two-dimensional and lack any real humanity. The now infamous finale, complete with anal gun rape, sums up the film perfectly – a confusing, needless mix of sex and violence that makes no sense and is, quite frankly, a pain in the arse to watch. So, not only is the National Lottery housing terrorists and paying for illegal immigrants' haircuts, it's now funding bum-rapists too. What has this country come to?
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  • May 1, 2007, 5:34 a.m. CST

    Dyer has a nutsack like a bull's

    by Smashing

    Seriously they are massive, no wonder he is such a dog.

  • May 1, 2007, 5:34 a.m. CST

    How about a review in English?

    by theBigE

    I don't have my "Cockney slang to American" dictionary on me! But anything with Anderson would be worth a rent, IMO!

  • May 1, 2007, 6:29 a.m. CST

    What would you do

    by johnnykool

    ...for a KlonDYKE bar?

  • May 1, 2007, 6:33 a.m. CST

    "How about a review in English?"

    by Monkey Butler

    How about Americans just learn the language properly? And Gillian Anderson was in a pretty popular adaptation of Bleak House a whiel back, it's not like she hasn't been doing anything.

  • May 1, 2007, 6:35 a.m. CST

    Anal gun rape? Count me in. Er, I mean out!

    by performingmonkey

    I might have been interested in naked Gillian Anderson 10 years ago.

  • May 1, 2007, 6:36 a.m. CST

    Telling the English to speak English...

    by wetzello

    is hilarious.

  • May 1, 2007, 6:37 a.m. CST

    I'm surprised the UK National Lottery has any money

    by wetzello

    After all the times I've won that thing via! You Brits must be loaded!

  • May 1, 2007, 6:39 a.m. CST

    Too Soon!

    by Green Arrow


  • May 1, 2007, 7:31 a.m. CST

    You had me at Gillian Anderson naked

    by ATARI


  • May 1, 2007, 8:30 a.m. CST

    Gillian Naked = The Holy Grail of Sci-Fi Nudity

    by Abin Sur

    I'm sure the majority of you geeks will agree...and for those of you saying this should have been 10 years ago - she's only 38, and she looks damn good. Jennifer Aniston is about the same age, and I don't think anybody's be complaining if she dropped trou at that age.

  • May 1, 2007, 8:40 a.m. CST

    GA naked

    by CatoTheCensor

    That already happened like 15 years ago when she was young and hot.

  • May 1, 2007, 8:41 a.m. CST


    by CatoTheCensor

    Sorry, here it is from the turning

  • May 1, 2007, 8:52 a.m. CST

    Hey CatoTheCensor,

    by smellmycheese

    thanks for the URLs but if you use on those people might actually bother looking... and while I wouldn't mind stealing a glance at Ms Anderson's fair titties, life is far too short to remove all those spaces. Sorry bud.

  • May 1, 2007, 9:03 a.m. CST

    As for X-Files 2...

    by smellmycheese

    Meh. Are they still going with the standalone movie idea (rather than an extension of the mythology)? As much as I preferred the episodic eps of the series, there's still a few loose ends there that need to be tied up, which they intentionally introduced / left open at the end. Not that I care any more but even still...

  • May 1, 2007, 9:33 a.m. CST

    We Need a Bruckheimer version of Violence Jack!!!

    by wowsah156

    We need Violence Jack to sort it out. We get the wrestler "The Big Show" to play Violence Jack. He lays waste to tranny rape gangs and the anal insane Slumking. And have some graphic scene of his jacknife decapitating heads and bodies all over the shop!! Violence Jack for 2008!!!

  • May 1, 2007, 9:35 a.m. CST

    Only on AICN...

    by BrooseTheScharuk

    could you read a statement like: "It’s nice to see her show up in something like TRISTRAM SHANDY with Steve Coogan, but I’d love to see her in something great."

  • May 1, 2007, 9:50 a.m. CST


    by BadMrWonka

    I was thinking the same thing. tristram shandy is one the best comedies in recent years.

  • May 1, 2007, 9:50 a.m. CST

    Cato, the view of her in that movie was very meh...

    by Abin Sur

    That was like "NYPD Blue" nudity - I've seen the shots from Straightheads, and she's got it going on, and you're teh gay if you think otherwise.

  • May 1, 2007, 10:03 a.m. CST

    I was impressed with Anderson in The Last King...

    by rbatty024

    of Scotland. It was a medium sized role, but completely different than her Scully character. From what I hear she's the opposite of her television character, more bubbly like in Tristam Shandy. When you see someone playing the same character for nine years you can't really tell that the actress actually has range which apparently Gilliam Anderson has in spades. There are so few good actresses out there, it would be a shame if her talent wasn't in more films.

  • May 1, 2007, 10:14 a.m. CST

    about fucking time

    by misnomer

    big x-files fan....can't wait. and yes gillian is seriously hot.

  • May 1, 2007, 10:15 a.m. CST

    Anal gun rape...yeesh

    by CarmillaVonDoom

    I'll say it again...yeesh. Gillian sure is pretty though.

  • May 1, 2007, 10:18 a.m. CST

    actually this isnt really a confirmation

    by misnomer

    gillians assuming the movie WILL be made-as does most of the main players...carter, duchovny and bowman. carter recently settled a legal dispute with fox about the rights, so theres nothing stopping this movie being made, but id imagine the script isnt in place yet nor has it been greenlit..

  • May 1, 2007, 10:19 a.m. CST

    "There are so few good actresses out there..."

    by CarmillaVonDoom

    rbatty024 are you fucking INSANE?!?!

  • May 1, 2007, 10:23 a.m. CST

    gillian gives me a straight head

    by misnomer

    sorry, had to be done. im pretty sure this movie will be terrible, but naked scully is worth a download.

  • May 1, 2007, 10:30 a.m. CST

    Rbatty is CLEARLY insane...

    by Abin Sur

    Have you even HEARD of Katie Holmes? Sharon Stone? Alicia Silverstone? MADONNA?? You've deluded, my friend.

  • May 1, 2007, 10:35 a.m. CST


    by rbatty024

    I should correct myself, there are few actresses out there who really impress me, who I think are Ian Holm great. Judi Dench, Cate Blanchett, and Kathy Bates (who I haven't seen in a movie for a long time) come to mind, but unfortunately Hollywood prizes looks over talent. That's not to say that many of the actresses might be capable of putting out great performances if given the chance but I don't think that's expected of them. Roles that go to Jessica Biel or Jessica Alba because they're expected to be eye candy rather than actually create a character. Maybe I'm not giving these younger actresses a chance to show their talent, and if there are some performances I should check out then please educate me, but I can't think of a single "hot young actress" who has done anything terribly impressive.

  • May 1, 2007, 10:53 a.m. CST

    Kathy Bates????!!!!???

    by Sledge Hammer

    Kathy Bates has exactly two performances, loudmouth, and loudmouth psycho. That's it. Well cast, she can be effective enough, but great actress? Hardly.<p>The biggest problem with the current generation of actresses, and this is largely true of the new breed of actors to, is that far too few of them are interested in the craft of acting, and of bettering themselves as an artist with each new role. No, this new breed, they don't want to be actors so muchg as they want to be "stars". It's the fame, the glitz, the glamour, the attention and adulation that they seek, this whole "acting" thing is just a means to get there for them. It is possible to be both, but most frankly don't seem all that interested. Stardom to them is the be all and end all. It's kinda depressing actually.

  • May 1, 2007, 11:17 a.m. CST

    anyone else kind of not of letdown she hated

    by Datascream

    working on x-files? part of my love for the show was thinking that everyone loved working together and loved their job doing that show. Now after this ungreatful cunt has gone out and admitted she hated everything about it, it just ruins the whole experience for the show now. I don't know why I would watch the new movie considering how "tortured" she was doing the whole thing over again. christ what a letdown...

  • May 1, 2007, 11:19 a.m. CST

    I don't know why "not" was in that subject header

    by Datascream

    goes to show why you shouldn't type anything after you just wake up...

  • May 1, 2007, 11:35 a.m. CST

    Sledge Hammer...

    by rbatty024

    In my opinion, there's more to Kathy Bates than just being a "loudmouth", although she is one of the few actresses with the gravitas to make it work. The quiet moments in Misery and Delores Claiborne are good examples of her changing her volume. Anyway, you're probably right about actresses wanting to be stars rather than caring about the craft of acting, although I don't think Hollywood asks them to be anything more than stars. It seems to me the majority of directors and producers seem content to just put an anorexic body on the screen, so I think they share a good deal of the blame as well.

  • May 1, 2007, 11:40 a.m. CST


    by livrule

    "Danny Dyer, perhaps best known as Kent Paul in GTA Vice City in the States" .... ??????? Only in America!!

  • May 1, 2007, 11:43 a.m. CST

    Anderson in something great

    by Eduardo Catflapo

    Straightheads was terrible, but for anybody who'd like to see Anderson in something great, I'd recommend the BBC mini-series based on Charles Dickens 'Bleak House', for which she was BAFTA nominated. There may be no nudity or aliens in it, but it's incredibly gripping and Anderson is fantastic as the haunted Lady Dedlock. She also had a role in the Oscar winning 'The Last King of Scotland', which is worth checking out.

  • May 1, 2007, 11:46 a.m. CST

    Will have to rent

    by Lando Griffin

    if only to crank one out to nude Gillian

  • May 1, 2007, 11:47 a.m. CST

    Anderson in something good.

    by supertoyslast

    Bleak House. She completely steals the show. From a whole host of top-class actors too (Charles Dance etc). And while living in the UK she's also done a play or two.

  • May 1, 2007, 2:07 p.m. CST

    Never mind...

    by fitzcarraldo2

    The Americans will all be speaking Spanish in a generation or two anyway.

  • May 1, 2007, 2:27 p.m. CST

    Tea Leoni gotta eat!

    by chrth

    David Duchovny hasn't done anything worthwhile since the Larry Sanders show.

  • May 1, 2007, 2:41 p.m. CST

    I liked her frizzy hair

    by Rat Fink

    If only I could run my fingers through all that frizz

  • May 1, 2007, 3:23 p.m. CST

    Anderson's goods...

    by Christopher3

    Can certainly paper over my cracks.

  • May 1, 2007, 3:44 p.m. CST

    What Could Xfiles 2 possibly be about?

    by pockybot

    The XFiles worked in the 90's, because the internet wasnt widely used, and most people thought conspiracies were the work of fictions. Now most of America knows how truly dark and evil the US government really is. They do and have engaged in horrific conspiracies and coverups. Oh, and the world's bees really are dying now. What the heck could Xfiles 2 be about? Maybe it could be where Mulder and Skully work for homeland security, trying to debunk "9/11" and "Bush lied about Iraq" theories?

  • May 1, 2007, 4:02 p.m. CST

    If X-Files 2 is made...

    by fanboy71

    I will be in line opening day. And yes, I was (and AM) a Firefly fan. I'm just surprised that FOX let the X-Files play more than 11 episodes before cancelling it, like they've done every good show since (with the possible exception of the first few seasons of 24). The X-files didn't really become a hit with viewers in the first season, but it became a huge cultural phenomenon. Why do they let shit like Bones continue and cancel a good show like Drive (or yes, Firefly).

  • May 1, 2007, 4:39 p.m. CST


    by Faust_8

    Gillian naked AND X-Files 2. Bring me your finest ale so the bards may sing tales of today.

  • May 1, 2007, 4:40 p.m. CST

    would Scully make a good Cylon?

    by Boomers_Lips

    i think so. the Cylons need a red-head in their ranks!

  • May 1, 2007, 5:44 p.m. CST


    by raw_bean

    1) Learn to read and then...<p>2) Follow the link at the top of the article.<p>She didn't hate the X-Files, she's up for another movie of it.

  • May 1, 2007, 5:44 p.m. CST

    an x files movie franchise

    by misnomer

    would actually be worthwhile *im looking at you mission impossible*

  • May 1, 2007, 6:03 p.m. CST

    David Duchovny is getting giddy, "Soon... a paycheque!"

    by Flim Springfield


  • May 1, 2007, 8:08 p.m. CST

    the most important question is...

    by PeteBogs

    is it "Julianne Moore in 'Short Cuts'" level nudity? do we get to see the rosebushes or what?

  • May 1, 2007, 10:31 p.m. CST

    X-Files: Happy-End please!!!

    by BetaSword

    If i got to know, that X-Files 2 get a happy-End, then i'll watch it, if it doesn't, it's just the same crap than before(I mean the End, not the Series). Damn, the Ending was the worst imaginable, PLEASE Give a good ending, at least like War of the Worlds had, that was awesome. But X-Files: Making hope all the time, telling good stories, but the Ending-Movie stated: All what happened was totally useless, because an upcoming Invasion will totally overrun us(that was the point, where my love for X-Files died a horrible death)

  • May 1, 2007, 10:33 p.m. CST

    Gillian Anderson naked...

    by Harry Weinstein

    ...that's the sort of thing that makes life worth living. Bring on X-FILES 2, better late than never, and I've almost got the rancid taste of the last couple of seasons out of my mouth by now so I'd actually be able to enjoy it. As for behind the scenes drama, a lot of the trouble on X-FILES was more or less the result of Duchovny forcing the production to relocate to LA, against the wishes of damn near everyone else involved with the show, who wanted to stay in Vancouver. I bet he's still persona non grata in that town - I was an extra in a huge crowd scene towards the end of the Vancouver era (the chess match filmed at BC Place) and all 10,000+ of us had to be explicitly instructed not to boo him when he showed up. Late, naturally.

  • May 1, 2007, 11:22 p.m. CST

    And for you clever Brits...

    by theBigE

    "How about a review in English?" is sarcasm, but I suppose it's too subtle and lost on you and your pasty white crooked-teeth brethren!

  • May 2, 2007, 1:57 a.m. CST

    She doesn't sound moody at all!


    Oh wait . . .

  • May 2, 2007, 2:16 a.m. CST

    Great news for Xfiles2

    by 9banned0.5furious

    and Gillian was very good in, Tristram Shandy: A Cock and Bull Story. Highly recomended film. Best comedy in a long time. Not sure why AICN ignores it. Maybe nobody payed them?<p>Regardles, lets hope for some old school alien invasion paranoia soon.

  • May 2, 2007, 11:33 a.m. CST

    Duchovny should direct the X-Files 2 movie.

    by GenericGeek

    His X-Files episodes were outstanding. Hollywood A.D. and the one with the baseball playing alien were pretty great. The one directed by Anderson was cool, but a bit pretentious. But, on the other hand, it had the Stacy Haiduk hotness going for it.

  • May 2, 2007, 12:31 p.m. CST

    You could almost smell

    by Stuntcock Mike

    the sweaty meatflaps Gillian had in The Last King of Scotland

  • May 2, 2007, 2 p.m. CST

    Ugh, the talk here is worrisome

    by whiteshark

    As an (still) XF and Gillian Anderson fan, it concerns me that she is known 'round here for nips, boobs and "meatflaps." Though Americans may not have seen her if they weren't seeking her out, she's worked steadily in the UK since XF came to an end. This includes the aforementioned theater productions, Bleak HOuse, Tristam Shandy, and Last King of Scotland. She also did a wonderful little movie called THE MIGHTY CELT, starring alongside Brit fave Robert Carlisle (Full Monty and 28 Weeks Later). The movie is really the story of a boy and his (racing) dog but Gillian has a nice role as the boy's mom with a secret that comes to light. It's not on DVD here but plays occasionally on IFC. The Irish accents are hard to understand at times, including Gillian's, but it is another great performance. Tyrone McKenna, who plays her son, is a real gem too. Many here seem to doubt her talent and versatility but those of us that watched XF closely knew she was capable of the performances she has recently graced us with. Despite the so-so reviews and depiction of graphic rape and revenge, I hope we get to see Straightheads here. This year, she'll be working on the new film, "Helen," as well. And if anyone's counting, bring on XF2 and Scully! Can't wait!

  • May 2, 2007, 7:22 p.m. CST

    One more vote for Bleak House

    by BannedOnTheRun

    See it.

  • May 3, 2007, 4:29 a.m. CST

    I vote for naked Scully on the Mothership

    by commodore decker

    It's these sorts of thoughts that give me the strength to face the day...

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