'Californication' Season 6: David Duchovny 'always wanted' Hank Moody to die
Somewhat surprisingly, they say that the fans' obsession with their characters' mercurial romance has invaded their off-screen lives.
"I remember after the first season, someone came up to me, literally took me by the shoulders and shook me and said, 'You have to leave that guy!' I was like, 'It's okay, I'm not with him. And he doesn't really exist. It's a character,'" McElhone recalls. "They're so attached to it that they overidentify with her plight and they want to rescue her. It was kind of cute...but not really."
Duchovny warns that the show isn't necessarily looking for a happy ending for these characters, particularly when it comes to Hank's considerable vices -- so keep your Hank Moody worship under control.
"We're making a comedy. We're not trying to solve these problems. We're certainly not showing them in the dark light that they might be. This is a guy who has been drinking steadily for six years and has very little negative to show for it. When people say to me, 'Hank Moody is my hero', I say, 'You might want to think about that!' Because that is not a life that ends well outside of the comedy universe. If you were to take it into another universe, it's a tragedy of wasted talent, wasted love, whatever you want to call it."
In fact, Duchovny dishes that he'd always hoped the show would end with Hank's untimely death! "Part of me wants to get to repercussions. I don't think Hank is going to die, but I always wanted him to die. I thought that would be a great way to end the show: It just catches up with him, eventually. My image was that he was going to marry Karen on his deathbed, basically, and that he was going to get it all. And not be able to enjoy it."
That doesn't sound very comedic at all!
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