I Want To Believe

May 16, 2008 | By Bridget Burns | Creative

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Actress Gillian Anderson attends the AKVINTA GQ Party for the How to Lose Friends & Alienate People premiere during the 61st Cannes International Film Festival on May 15, 2008 in Cannes, France. How to Lose Friends & Alienate People is directed by Robert B. Weide who also steered Curb Your Enthusiasm. Anderson co-stars with Kirsten Dunst, Megan Fox, Jeff Bridges and Simon Pegg in the comedy which is based on a bestselling memoir by Toby Young.

Anderson’s magnetic presence at Cannes reminds me that Scully and Mulder return to the big screen in The X-Files movie: I Want to Believe. Though I didn’t memorize Dana Scully’s monologues and never had Gillian Anderson desktop wallpaper, I was a fan of her work on The X-Files and expected to see more of her in the forthcoming years. Though she did a fair amount of acting on the other side of the pond, she kept a relatively low profile, raising a family and weaving in and out of relationships. I Want To Believe, skirts the established alien story arc of the television series in favor of a focus on terrestrial matters. Will virgins to The X-Files be interested in this film? I am not sure. Will this film usher a greater Anderson presence? I want to believe so (sorry!).

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