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David Duchovny to star in Neil LaBute's 'The Break of Noon'

June 30, 2010 | 12:38 pm

Duchovny David Duchovny is set to swap the profane, West Coast world of Showtime's "Californication" for the equally profane and obscene universe of playwright Neil LaBute in New York.

The screen star will play the lead role in LaBute's new play "The Break of Noon," which is set to open at the off-Broadway Lucille Lortel Theatre in New York in October. The drama is a co-production with New York's MCC Theatre and L.A.'s Geffen Playhouse. The play is set to open in L.A. in February.

Duchovny hasn't been confirmed for the L.A. cast. A spokeswoman for the Geffen said that the two theater companies are working together to create "one cohesive production" with the same script, director (Jo Bonney) and design team.

The L.A. engagement of "The Break of Noon" is scheduled to run from Feb. 2 to March 6.

"The Break of Noon" tells the story of a man named John Smith (Duchovny) who survives an office shooting and undergoes a dramatic spiritual and religious transformation. No further casting has been announced for the production.

Best known for his role as Mulder in the series "The X Files," Duchovny currently stars in the Showtime series "Californication" as a sexually promiscuous professor living in Venice. 

-- David Ng

Photo: David Duchovny. Credit: Liz O. Baylen / Los Angeles Times

Comments () | Archives (3)

On Californication, Mr Duchovny portrays Hank Moody, a writer who has published several novels, has written a couple of screen plays, and a very popular blog for HeLLA magazine. In Season 3 of the show, Hank takes a job teaching English at a university when he finds himself in need of a paycheck. The storyline of professor Moody began and ended in Season 3. Try to get the facts straight please!
Mr Duchovny's portrayal of Hank Moody shows a great range of acting for both comedy and drama. He has created a character that is loveable in spite of his faults because deep down, Hank has a good heart. For me, there is no better show on TV.

The Hank Moody character, hmm. Let's see: a New York guy who is intellectual, funny, sarcastic and addicted to sex, living in L.A. Wow, could it be that David is cannibalizing on his own personal existence (like Charlie Sheen in 2 1/2 Men)? What a stretch!

I would gladly watch Duchovny read the phone book, especially if he were a bit, shall we say, clothing challenged--like in a red Speedo. He is a wonderful actor, a brilliant man, and a hunk--what more could a fellow want?


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