by firstname.lastname@example.org (Tiffany Devol)
David Duchovny stated in an interview once, when asked about the Mulder/Scully relationship, that Scully was Mulder’s human credential.
For Lance Henriksen, his human credential is now in print.
Lance’s long awaited biography, Not Bad for a Human, released on May 5th (his 71st birthday). As reviews began to pour in, XFilesNews had the opportunity to attend Lance’s first signing for the book at Dark Delicacies in Burbank this week and for nearly 3 hours, mingled with a crowd full of fans, writers, artists, directors, and actors who all came out to celebrate Lance’s work. Fans brought posters, DVD covers, CDs, paintings, props, and more to have signed with their copy of Lance’s book.
Also signing were co-author Joseph Maddrey (Nightmares in Red, White and Blue) and artists Steve Niles (30 Days of Night), Bill Sienkiewicz (Elektra, Marvel Comics), and Mike Mignola (Hellboy).
Robert Patrick (Terminator 2, The X-Files) was also on hand to offer his support.
Lance, ever the patient artist, smiled and really connected with each person in line and after signing, would stand to have his photo taken with each fan. XFN was floored with how honest and open he was in conversation, not only with us, but with every person in the building. Lots of people can write a book on life and how to get through it but with Lance, you get the distinct impression that he practices what he preaches.
“You’re part of my tribe,” he told me as I was covering the event as press for both XFilesNews and BacktoFrankBlack, and he meant it. “We’re all part of a tribe.”
Not Bad for a Human, written by Lance and Maddrey, follows the story of Lance’s incredible life, a story he hasn’t told until now. If you don’t shed a tear in the first 50 pages, then you’re not human.
Fans at the signing read the book while standing in line and by the time they got to Lance, what they knew of him before arriving was suddenly so much less important than what they knew of him in the first few pages of his book.
This was not just an actor. This was a man whose personal life story was so incredible, so unbelievable, that it inspired hope in every person in that room. What I thought would be an ordinary book signing with people standing impatiently in line waiting for their turn to tell the actor how in love with him they were, was nothing of the sort. What I saw that night was a room full of people who greatly admired the man as an actor, yet also admired the inspiration he has provided and continues to provide each of them. What I saw in there really was a tribe.
Perhaps Lance says it best on the back cover of his book.
“This isn’t just a book about me becoming an actor. It’s about all the people I’ve crossed paths with over the years…It’s about a lifelong process of becoming a human being.”
Purchase your copy of this incredible book today and look for XFN’s full review soon!
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