Monogamy is just another four-letter word. Okay, it’s actually an eight-letter word, but that’s beside the point. To the lead character in Showtime’s smash hit, “Californication,” Hank Moody (a surname has never been more appropriate), his inability to “just say no” to sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll is a given, no matter how hard he tries to be in a committed relationship and be a responsible parent. “It’s natural pheromones,” grins David Duchovny, the man who gives life to the irresistible charmer.
He did what?
For all the uninhibited canoodling Hank does and the morality line that he so nonchalantly crosses, it’s a wonder that the guy is as likeable as he is. “I've always thought that if this guy is likeable, what makes him likeable is that he's honest and that he's only had one secret the whole time,” Duchovny says. “And other than that, he will speak the truth to his own detriment. To me, that's the wish fulfillment also of the show, that you can go through life and actually speak your mind and do it in an articulate fashion and with a really intelligent point of view. So if he's likeable, I think it's because he is who he is in every situation that you find him in.”
How far is too far?
Those “situations” Duchovny speaks of aren’t the type of “situations” you’d find on, say, the Disney Channel. Um, no. In fact, Many “Californication” critics believe the show has pushed its blatant sexuality way too far. “I don’t feel like we’ve ever done that,” says the show’s executive producer, Tom Kapinos. “Porn is real people having sex on film. I mean, these are people pretending to have sex while naked. To me, that's not porn. But, no, I don't think it's ever gone too far. I set out to write the show that I wanted to see. So as long as I continue to do that, and I feel like I have, amuse myself and enjoy it, no, I have no regrets about the show at all.”