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David Duchovny Takes the 'If You Didn't Laugh, You'd Cry' Approach to Sex Scenes

By Emma Chance | Celebrity | July 8, 2024 |

By Emma Chance | Celebrity | July 8, 2024 |


Sixty-three-year-old David Duchovny wrote and directed the 2023 movie Reverse the Curse, in which he plays “an ailing Red Sox fan whose condition worsens every time his beloved baseball team loses. When his adult son moves back home to take care of him, he manufactures a fake winning streak to keep his dad’s spirits high.” (Variety)

The former Californication star is no stranger to sex and otherwise suggestive scenes, so he took to the opportunity to write such scenes for an aging body with a sense of humor.

“You can turn it into humor. You can look at horrific things with a sense of humor, and the humor comes from the fact that it’s going to happen to all of us,” Duchovny told Salon. “It’s not like some people age and some people don’t, some people die and some people don’t.”

He spoke of a scene in which he and the actor who plays his son are changing in a men’s locker room together and commenting on each other’s endowments.

“If I’ve got one of my main characters—me—showing his naked body to his son and saying, ‘It looks like a dead sparrow where my cock should be,’ I find that funny. I think we can laugh at that, and then hug it out. And he comments on his son’s penis in a way that’s funny. I’m laughing and I’m also moved in a way.”

Sex and nakedness are stupid and embarrassing no matter your age, so I appreciate his approach, which comes after years of being naked on screen and still not being used to it.

“I just think it’s embarrassing to be naked in front of a lot of people. I guess I’m a bit prudish in a way. I wish I wasn’t—I wish I could let my freak flag fly a little more,” he once said.

He’s saying we haven’t seen his freak flag yet? After the alien and sex shows? Guess I should finally watch this movie to find out once and for all what he thinks is freaky. Reverse the Curse is available to stream on Amazon Prime.