The X-Files: TV gift that ‘just keeps on giving’

Dean Haglund as Langly of The Lone Gunmen on The X-Files.
Dean Haglund as Langly of The Lone Gunmen on The X-Files. Fox Broadcasting

IT'S not the poisonous snakes or weird Aussie slang that X-Files star Dean Haglund is having trouble with since moving to Australia - it's the recycling.

Haglund, who played Richard Langly, one of the three Lone Gunmen in the original cult television series, will return for the re-make with co-stars David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson.

But since moving to Sydney with his wife and dobermans six months ago, it's a lot of flying back to the US for filming.

"They (the dogs) came in completely legal - I'm not doing a Johnny Depp now. They had a 14-hour flight, 10 days in quarantine and came out as fully Aussie dogs," Haglund told APN.

Originally from Canada, the actor said he found living in Sydney a lot like living in Vancouver.

"But I can tell you I'm struggling with the Marrickville Council recycling program," he said.

"My recycling got rejected and I don't know why.

"I have to go through it and figure out on my own what's the offending piece.

"Wouldn't the guy just pull it out? No, instead he puts rejected tape all over the bin lid."

As he ponders the mysteries of recyclables, Haglund is also preparing for this first trip to Queensland, where he is a guest at Brisbane's Supernova Pop Culture Expo later this month.

The X-Files role has somewhat defined the actor's life since the mid-1990s and he's a regular guest at sci-fi conventions around the world.

"I call The X-Files the gift that just keeps on giving," he laughed.

At its peak, the show aired in 162 countries and, over the years, the legion of fans has not waned.

"It's weird in terms of the shelf life of the series and for it to be revived now ... stepping back into the studio was like stepping back in time 20 years."

Haglund said seeing the familiar faces of the cast and crew members again was "heart- warming".

"I get to be with the old family. Time had stood still ... they hadn't aged a bit," he said.

"David and Gillian still looked fantastic and Mitch (Skinner) had not even developed a single laugh line and the other two gunmen are still the same as always."

But 49-year-old Haglund does look very different. Gone is the long, stringy blond hair of his younger self, replaced with a short, cropped hairstyle.

"They give me extra hair so people could identify me. Yes, I wear a wig," he said. "I get a make-back, not a make-over. Is that even a word? It is now.

"I looked in the mirror and thought, 'Oh yeah, I remember this look'. I really love having long hair. I did take a selfie and sent it to my wife. She was a little freaked out because she didn't know me back then."

Haglund is looking forward to settling into his new life in Australia and has just signed with an agent.

While he's best known as Langly, he's also an accomplished stand-up comedian who isn't adverse to a little Shakespeare.

"An Australian career? I would love that to be true," he said.

The Supanova Pop Culture Expo plays the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre from November 27-29.

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