Robert Patrick won't be in 'X-Files' reboot
Actor Robert Patrick poses at a special screening of the feature film 'The Water Horse' in Los Angeles in this Saturday, Dec. 8, 2007 file photo. (AP / Dan Steinberg)
The Canadian Press
Published Sunday, September 20, 2015 11:37AM EDT
TORONTO -- Robert Patrick fans can catch him on the second season of "Scorpion" when it premieres Monday, but he won't be a part of the upcoming revival of "The X-Files."
Patrick, who played special agent John Doggett on "The X-Files," says producers asked about his availability but he wasn't able to do it.
As such, he wasn't officially asked to be a part of the reboot.
"I had time to think about, 'Do I want to revisit that character?' and I wasn't so sure I did," said Patrick, who is also known for his role as the liquid metal villain in "Terminator 2."
"When I left the show, the show was a hit, it was still doing well in the ratings, I was not sure why they were pulling the plug on it to begin with. And at the time, I was really ready to let that play. I was committed to doing it for five years."
Patrick said he wishes the rest of the cast luck, noting he loves series creator Chris Carter and stars Gillian Anderson, David Duchovny and Mitch Pileggi.
"It was a great part of my life but there's no way I can do both."
Patrick said "X-Files" fans may notice shades of John Doggett in his "Scorpion" character, special agent Cabe Gallo, who heads a team of U.S. government agents battling high-tech global threats.
"Scorpion" is loosely based on the life of self-proclaimed genius and computer expert Walter O'Brien, who is an executive producer on the show.
Elyes Gabel, known for his role as Dothraki Rakharo on "Game of Thrones," plays O'Brien.
"American Idol" runner-up Katharine McPhee co-stars as a single mother who works with the team.
Patrick said the "Scorpian" writers are in constant contact with O'Brien for advice and story suggestions.
"That's the cool thing about this show, because I think as technology advances, 'Scorpion' will continue to be on the forefront of all this new technology."