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Did the FBI Try to Shut Down Production on THE X-FILES?

In a tale seemingly torn straight from the script of the series itself, THE X-FILES creator Chris Carter claims that the FBI once attempted to close down production on the legendary FOX show during the its original run.

Speaking to The Huffington Post, Carter described being approached in the early days of the series by an unnamed individual who claimed to represent a high-level government agency, who told him “we were very close to the truth.”


“I didn’t know whether to take that person at their word or not,” Carter said. “I can tell you this: When I wrote the pilot, I called the FBI to do some research, and they were nice enough, but didn’t really give me the time of day… Then, all of a sudden, as we got close to airing, the FBI called and said, ‘Who are you and what are you doing?’… for a second, I thought it was going to be the long arm of the law coming in to shut me down.”

Oddly enough, Carter said the Bureau finally warmed up to him, and his contacts there claimed to be “unofficial fans” of the show. They even made him an honorary citizen member of the FBI, and invited him to their headquarters in Washington, D.C., where he “got to shoot a few rounds at the firing range.”

[If you’re catching up on the recently-launched X-FILES miniseries, be sure to check out our latest recap here.]


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