David Duchovny’s Sex Addiction: The Signs Were There

It’s really no surprise that David Duchovny is in rehab for sex addiction, as People reported Thursday. Just look at his filmography: The clues are everywhere, including in the titles. His most recent projects include the second “X-Files” movie (“X” as in “X-rated”) and Showtime’s “Californication” (’nuff said), but even in years past his TV and film work often hinted that something just wasn’t right with the guy.

Way back in 1990, when no one outside the English departments at Princeton and Yale knew who he was, Duchovny starred in a movie called “Julia Has Two Lovers.” He played a creepy dude who called women he selected randomly from the phone book and pleasured himself during the conversations. On a related note, in the “X-Files” TV series, Fox Mulder had very little actual sex, but it is widely known that the character had a major porn addiction. In at least one episode he gets turned on watching a tape of a Bigfoot sighting.

In 1991 Duchovny co-starred with Mimi Rogers in “The Rapture.” He played Randy (Randy!), a man of questionable ethics who is into seriously kinky sex. During the second half of the film, Randy finds religion, makes an honest woman out of Mimi’s character and fathers a child before getting blown away by a disgruntled former employee.

In 1992 Duchovny began a long stint as narrator of “Red Shoe Diaries,” a Showtime series that involved anonymous women who answered newspaper personals ads by describing their sordid sex lives in vivid detail.

On “The Larry Sanders Show” Duchovny had a few guest-starring stints playing “himself,” a character who repeatedly demonstrates his infatuation with Larry.

Duchovny starred in 2002’s “Full Frontal.” I’m not too familiar with the movie’s plot, but the title says it all.

On a 2003 episode of “Sex and the City” Duchovny guest-starred as Jeremy, an old flame of Carrie’s who tries to rekindle the romance. But their renewed relationship is hindered by the fact that Jeremy resides in a mental institution. Was Jeremy there because he was a sex addict? It’s unclear, but looking back — knowing what we know now — it does seem to be a distinct possibility.