‘X-Files’ Star David Duchovny Says He Auditioned for ‘Full House’

David Duchovny Full House
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Before David Duchovny was best known for playing Mulder on The X-Files, he wanted a completely different kind of role. He recently revealed that he auditioned for all three of the male lead roles on Full House, which eventually went to Bob Saget, John Stamos, and Dave Coulier. Obviously, he didn’t get any of the roles and it changed the course of his career.

Duchovny said, “I auditioned for all three parts on Full House. At first, they had me for, I think, the dad. And then they had me for the Stamos character. And then they had me for the other guy. I was thinking, ‘I’ve got to get one of these, and it’s going to change my life.’”

Full House Dave Coulier, John Stamos, Bob Saget, 1987-95

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“I had plenty of those pilots that I went up for when I was first out in L.A. and I thought each one was going to be the break,” he continued. “I just needed to be able to pay my rent too. That was an important thing ’cause I just wanted a job.”

The X-Files David Duchovny, Season 5, 1997-1998

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Of course, when he first started out he didn’t realize what type of acting he was good at. These days, Duchovny admitted that he isn’t great at sitcom acting and he learned that he wasn’t ready for that kind of “energetic performance that they need.” A few years later, Duchovny did get his big break in The X-Files from 1993 until 2002 as well as the reboot series in 2016 and two films.

He went on to star in Californication, Aquarius, Red Shoe Diaries, and more recently What Happens Later. Could you see him as one of the leading men on Full House?

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