Terminator Named New

Published July 22nd, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

Robert Patrick, best known as Arnold Schwarzenegger’s nemesis in Terminator 2: Judgment Day, has landed the coveted role of agent Scully’s (Gillian Anderson) partner on the X-Files, reported ABCNEWS online on Saturday. 

Patrick, who will make his debut at the start of next season and appear in all 20 episodes, is being brought in to ultimately replace alien-obsessed agent Mulder (David Duchoveny) whose character will be will be phased out following the actor's heated legal battle with the network over syndication money, said ABCNEWS.  

Patrick will play FBI Agent John Doggett, a former policeman who's assigned to help Scully search for Mulder, who was abducted by aliens in last season's cliffhanger finale.  

Series creator and executive producer Chris Carter said that Doggett wouldn’t be another Mulder type. "He's not a replacement for David. He's a new character coming in," Carter says, explaining that Patrick's agent will actually be the antithesis of the paranoid, conspiracy-loving, outsider that is Agent Mulder.  

"We thought about what we wanted to do, and we decided we didn't want to add something to the show we already had," Carter says. "This guy is the consummate insider. He's a member of the FBI fraternity, a textbook guy."  

Carter had seriously considered 10 actors for the role, among them: Sex and the City's Chris Noth, Lou Diamond Phillips (La Bamba), Bruce Campbell (Evil Dead) and Hart Bochner (Anywhere But Here). Twin Peak’s Kyle MacLachlan was also reported as one of the actors who were thinking of the role. 

But it was Patrick who nabbed the role. Aside from his evil turn in T2, Patrick, who'll get third billing behind Duchovny and Anderson, has appeared in Cop Land, The Faculty and had a recurring guest spot on The Sopranos.  

With Duchovny returning for just 11 more episodes and Carter and Anderson signed up for only one more year, Patrick's arrival could help extend X-Files beyond its eighth season, which begins shooting next week.  

"This is a great opportunity to go on," Carter says.  

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