X-Files Season 10: Iconic Prop Proves Hard to Kill in Behind-the-Scenes Video

“Fans all over the world are screaming at the thought of this happening.”

That’s how X-Files star Mitch Pileggi describes the subject of this behind-the-scenes video from the Fox drama’s 10th season. The carnage in question? The destruction of Mulder’s “I Want to Believe” poster — by the FBI agent’s own foot, no less, during an angry moment in the season premiere.

“It’s amazing to me that the poster has become so iconic,” series creator Chris Carter says in the exclusive clip, which is part some bonus footage included in The X-Files‘ Season 10 Blu-ray/DVD, available on June 14. “It’s really the heart of the show, because it doesn’t say ‘I Believe.’ It says, ‘I Want to Believe.’ It’s the struggle to find the truth without clear answers along the way.”

The video below shows the series’ prop department trying multiple ways to get the perfect poster rip, as well as star David Duchovny riffing on the beloved — and strangely more rugged than it looks — prop. (Try not to get too hurt by his take on it, ‘Philes.)

Press PLAY on the video above to watch the featurette, then hit the comments: Does Mulder’s poster have a special place in your X-Files-loving heart?

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  1. Shaun says:

    lol,funny stuff.The Truth is Out There,find the person who made the posters!

  2. NO, Only the theme music

  3. Stephen says:

    Luckily I purchased the I Want To Believe poster…well, the third version…first version was changed due to copyright, second was destroyed when the X-Files office was set on fire. The third iteration (which Chris Carter’s production company donated to a charity auction for the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation) is the one I am lucky enough to own, the one the Dog Lady sent to Mulder, which he received after her death. So stomp away, Mulder, stomp away! :)

  4. Debbie Kielb says:

    The “I want to believe” poster is, I feel, the banner for X-Philes everywhere. It’s been roughed up on the show much like Mulder himself, and it, too, keeps coming back as if echoing the mantra “The Truth Is Out There,” so keep looking for it.