‘Black Lightning’ still getting used to his rising-star status

Tuesday, 9 p.m., The CW

‘Black Lightning” star Cress Williams says he’s the right guy for the role of a middle-age crusader with a real life. “To just play exactly who I am — a person in his 40s, a family man trying to do all these sizable things — it was tailor-made,” said Williams, 47. He portrays high-school principal Jefferson Pierce, a retired vigilante named Black Lightning, who fights off bad guys with bolts of electricity that shoot out from his hands. Pierce, a divorced father of two daughters, worries about returning to crime-fighting as a gang targets his community. It’s the first lead TV role for the actor, who has been on dozens of hits such as “Friday Night Lights,” “Grey’s Anatomy,” “ER,” and even “Nash Bridges.”

Williams, a married father of two, spoke with The Post by phone from Atlanta, where the series is filmed.

How big a deal is your first headlining TV gig?

When you’re a kid, you go, “I’m gonna be the best actor ever! I’m gonna be a star!” At this point in my career, it’s kind of like, “Well, maybe it’s not gonna happen.” So, the fact that it’s happened is amazingly cool. I was at church and my pastor said, “I see you everywhere [laughs]. We’re just so happy for you!” I haven’t gotten used to it yet.

What made you think you could play a superhero now?

When I turned 40, I went through a big change in diet and became a huge workout buff just to get healthy. Once I started seeing positive changes, I also recognized this would give me career longevity.

How is it doing the fight scenes?

I’ve studied boxing, but Black Lightning has a martial-arts background; that’s a different skill set. Making that believable is a challenge. I am 47 and have a bad knee. My stunt double Eric [Mbanda] has been doing martial arts since he was 6; he helps to train me. All the fancy kicks he does make me look good.

What sets “Black Lightning” apart from other superhero series?

The family is an aspect we’ve never seen. I have a friend who’s a TV writer and huge comic-book fan. I was really honored when he said, “It’s the best superhero show right now. And it’s the best family show.”

Pierce’s older daughter, Anissa (Nafessa Williams), is starting to develop powers. How will he respond?

Pride and fear. Pride because his genes created it, similar to an athlete who sees their child following in their footsteps. Fear that she’s gonna experience the same things he has. It’s taken a toll on his life, his family, his body.

Is the setting more realistic than on other series?

It’s a fictional city, but rooted in reality that everybody can identify with. The ills of the neighborhood are the ills we see on the news every day.

The racism depicted is hard to watch, like when Pierce gets pulled over and harassed by a white cop in the first episode. Is it important to make viewers uncomfortable?

When I first read [the script], the hair on my neck was standing on end. When my wife and I watched the episode, she said it was still uncomfortable to watch, fully knowing that it’s fake. I take that as a win that we have accomplished what we set out to.

— Eric Hegedüs

Friday, 8 p.m., NBC

“Today” show veteran Katie Couric returns to the network where Matt Lauer used to work to cover the 23rd Winter Olympic Games from Pyeongchang, South Korea. Couric, who has anchored six Olympics broadcasts, will be in the booth with Mike Tirico. NBCUniversal will also stream the Olympics Opening Ceremony live.

Wednesday, Netflix

Premiere. A brand-new Fab Five — Antoni Porowski, Bobby Berk, Karamo Brown, Jonathan Van Ness and Tan France — descends upon Atlanta in this new series, sharing grooming tips with men and women.

Wednesday, 9 p.m., Fox

On Valentine’s Day, Athena (Angela Bassett) attempts to help a desperate woman. Meanwhile, Bobby (Peter Krause) and Chimney (Kenneth Choi) take on holiday duty. Abby (Connie Britton) and Buck (Oliver Stark) go on a date.

Wednesday, 10 p.m., FX

With police trying to determine who murdered Jeff Trail (Finn Wittrock), Andrew Cunanan (Darren Criss) forces his friend David (Cody Fern) to go on the run with him. He tries to escape in Wisconsin.

Sunday, 9 p.m., PBS

Learning of the Irish potato famine, the queen (Jenna Coleman) wants to help, but is met with political opposition.

Wednesday, 8 p.m., NBC

When corpses are discovered in the woods, Red (James Spader, below far right, with Hisham Tawfiq, far left, and Lenny Venito) points the Task Force toward a group that targets people whose actions are amoral, yet fully legal.

Wednesday, 8 p.m., The CW

Betty (Lili Reinhart) turns to Jughead (Cole Sprouse) for help when the consequences of a hasty decision come back to haunt her. Archie (KJ Apa) is forced to make a tough choice when Agent Adams (John Behlmann) takes things one step too far.

Hey, Hollywood: If you must reboot shows, at least do the right ones

TV’s been dominated by reboots lately. This past week alone, it’s been announced that “Murphy Brown,” “Charmed” and “Roswell” will all get a second chance at life.

The worst part isn’t even their obvious lameness — it’s that all the wrong shows are being resurrected!

So, Hollywood, if you are intent on rehashing the past, here are seven shows that actually warrant comebacks.


Joss Whedon’s space Western “Firefly” aired for just one short season on Fox in 2002, but it attracted such a passionate cult following that the story continued in the 2005 movie “Serenity”. If any TV character deserves a comeback years after his original appearance, it’s Nathan Fillion’s misbehaving Mal Reynolds.


Before “Game of Thrones” took over the world, there was “Lost,” the original puzzle-box show for the masses. Most fans aren’t happy with the ending, so why not revisit it? And creator Damon Lindelof — once the subject of widespread ire for his “Lost” finale — has redeemed himself in the ensuing years with HBO’s “The Leftovers.”

“Knight Rider”

This cheesy romp ran from 1982 to 1986, starring David Hasselhoff as a crime fighter assisted by a talking car. Car technology has evolved since the ’80s, but the popularity of crime-solving shows has remained high. That’s why “Knight Rider” is perfect for a reboot. It’s had several film spinoffs and, supposedly, a TV version is coming from Justin Lin (the third, fifth and sixth installments of the “The Fast and the Furious” series), but there’s been no further news since 2016 . Put the pedal to the metal, Lin!


Airing on Lifetime fromfrien 2003 to 2006, “1-800-Missing” (later changed to just “Missing”) was based on “The Princess Diaries” author Meg Cabot’s novels about a teen psychic. It strayed far from the source material but a new version could hew closer to the (delightful) books. And teen shows are in the spotlight right now, thanks to innovative series such as “Riverdale” and “13 Reasons Why.”


This NBC sitcom originally aired from 1990 to 1997 and centered on a family operating a small airline. It wasn’t filled with twists and turns and laughs, but it was entertaining in a comforting way. We could use that right about now — plus, air travel has changed enough since the ’90s for a new version to be intriguing.

“Xena: Warrior Princess”

Cult favorite “Xena” ran from 1995 to 2001. It remains a pop culture staple to this day, having inspired a host of books, video games and fan conventions. A reboot was in the works at NBC but stalled in 2017. Perhaps a streaming platform could resurrect it.


Yes, this is controversial. But “Friends” is so iconic, and New York City has evolved since the ’90s. All the gripes “Friends” fans have about the pals’ preposterously large apartments, unrealistically empty go-to coffee shop and even questionable romantic pairings could be addressed in a reboot with a new cast of friends. There’s just one thing left to decide: What’s the modern-day hair equivalent of the Rachel?

‘Altered Carbon’ star: My ​’Resting B​itch ​F​ace​’ makes my career

Dichen Lachman is a veteran of network sci-fi shows with cult followings but Netflixs new show Altered Carbon is her first foray into big-budget streaming television.

Lachman, whos appeared on Joss Whedons Dollhouse, ABCs Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Syfys Being Human and The CWs The 100, credits her physical appearance for being cast multiple times in the genre. I think that because I have such a different look, I dont really fit into one category, she says. So this [sci-fi] genre is a great place for someone like me to inhabit. Im half Asian, half Australian and I think the future is a lot of mixed-race people.

I have a future vibe about me.

I have a future vibe about me.

Altered Carbon, which reportedly cost $6-7 million per episode, is based on Richard K. Morgans 2002 novel and helmed by showrunner Laeta Kalogridis (Avatar). Its set in a futuristic noir world similar to Blade Runner but instead of replicants, human consciousness can be downloaded into different bodies, enabling the wealthy to essentially live forever. Joel Kinnaman (The Killing, House of Cards) stars as Takeshi Kovacs, an elite soldier placed in an unfamiliar body and tasked with solving a murder. Lachman plays his sister, Reileen.

While sci-fi was familiar terrain for her, Lachman says Netflix was a totally different landscape in terms of television. Network TV and Netflix, in my experience, have been so different in terms of scale, she says. I was lucky I got to ride horses [in The 100], but often youre limited in how much you can do. With Altered Carbon, they wanted us to do everything. I trained for three months learning how to use a sword and choreography [for fight scenes]. It was scary and exciting at the same time; I had never trained so hard for a role physically.

We were trying to achieve something that really hasnt been done on television before not at this level.

And training wasnt the only challenge. For all my big scenes with Joel [Kinnaman], I was incredibly sick, she says. Reileen is one of the most powerful people in the universe and I didnt feel that way at all; I felt like curling up in bed and sleeping for a week.

Reileens power places her in good company with Lachmans previous roles (a vampire royal in Being Human, a superhuman cult leader in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., a warlord-esque character in The 100).

I dont know why that keeps happening, because I feel like Im such an awkward, dorky person, she says, laughing. People joke that I have Resting Bitch Face [that] if Im not smiling, I look fierce. But no matter how dark my characters get, I want people to have empathy for them. Ive had the opportunity to play women who have a lot of intention and are very clear about what they want.

For all the sword-wielding action Lachman does onscreen, however, her heart lies in a surprising genre. I love period dramas; I feel like Maggie Smith is my alter ego, she says. Because of the way I look, I dont often get to do period pieces in the 20s or the 30s or further back, because those stories are not being told.

Maybe one day Ill find one.

Altered Carbon Premieres Friday on Netflix

Alt-right group tries to sabotage ‘Black Panther’ reviews

An alt-right Facebook group is attempting to sabotage Rotten Tomatoes ratings for Walt Disneys upcoming superhero movie Black Panther.

A Facebook page called Down With Disneys Treatment of Franchises and its Fanboys created an event called Give Black Panther a Rotten Audience Score on Rotten Tomatoes.

Both the Facebook page and the event have since been removed.

The moderator of the page claimed credit for a concerted attack against Disneys Star Wars: The Last Jedi when it was released back in December. The aim was the same: Give the film rotten ratings.

The moderator self-identified as a member of the alt-right when HuffPost reached out to him in December. He told HuffPost that he was upset that the producers introduced more female characters into the Star Wars universe.

Before the Black Panther Facebook event was taken down, thousands of users had said they were either going or were interested in the event.

Rotten Tomatoes said Thursday that it was aware of the plan and that it would block any users engaging in hate speech in the comments.

We at Rotten Tomatoes are proud to have become a platform for passionate fans to debate and discuss entertainment and we take that responsibility seriously, the review aggregator said in a statement. While we respect our fans diverse opinions, we do not condone hate speech. Our team of security, network and social experts continue to closely monitor our platforms and any users who engage in such activities will be blocked from our site and their comments removed as quickly as possible.

The website has been the subject of much criticism and debate recently as its clout in Hollywood and on the performance of films has seemingly increased.

Representatives for Disney and Facebook were not immediately available for comment.

Black Panther, which opens Feb. 16, is expected to be one of Marvels biggest films. Advance ticket sales for the film have already broken Fandangos presales record for superhero movies. Rotten Tomatoes is owned by Fandango, of which Time Warner owns 30 percent and NBCUniversal owns 70 percent.

The film is expected to pull in $133 million in its opening weekend, according to estimates from analysts at Box Office Pro.

Black Panther boasts a predominately black cast. The film is based on the comic books created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby in 1966 about TChalla, also known as the Black Panther, who is the king and protector of a fictional isolationist African nation, Wakanda, the worlds most technologically advanced country.

Black Panther was the first superhero of African descent in mainstream American comics.

Shares of Disney are down less than 1 percent in the past 12 months, while the S&P 500 index is up nearly 24 percent and the Dow Jones Industrial Average is up more than 31 percent.

‘Despacito’ singer Luis Fonsi eyed for ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’

Luis Fonsi brought down the house at Clive Davis ’ Grammy party Saturday, performing his infectious hit “Despacito.”

I hear that among the VIPs impressed with Fonsi’s vocal chops and stage charisma was Andrew Lloyd Webber, who’s looking for a Judas for NBC’s upcoming broadcast of “Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert.”

John Legend will be singing the title role. Sara Bareilles, now playing to sold-out houses in her Broadway show “Waitress,” has signed up for Mary Magdalene. And, in an inspired bit of casting, Alice Cooper, 69, should make for an imperious — and scary — King Herod, ruler of Judea. (Cooper sang Herod on the 1996 soundtrack album with the London cast.)

But so far there’s no Judas Iscariot. And it’s a big part. Judas’ songs include “Heaven on Their Minds,” “Damned for All Time” and “Superstar.”

Ben Vereen famously originated the role on Broadway in 1971. Others who’ve played history’s greatest betrayer include Josh Young, in a 2012 Broadway revival, and Tim Minchin, the “Matilda” songwriter who was sensational in a production that toured Australia a few years ago.

The role calls for a tenor.

Lloyd Webber caught Fonsi twice last weekend — at Davis’ party and the next night on the Grammys. Though Fonsi and “Despacito” lost to Bruno Mars and “That’s What I Like,” the Grammy crowd clearly liked him and his song.

And he’s got a huge young fan base that would surely tune in to see him as Judas.

I saw him at Davis’ party, and I think he’d be terrific. I don’t know if he can act — his credits in that department are a little thin. But director David Leveaux, a Broadway vet, should be able to coax a competent performance out of him. And there’s no doubt he can handle a rock score.

“Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert” airs April 1, Easter Sunday. The show will be performed in front of a live audience at the Marcy Armory in Williamsburg. Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice, who wrote the lyrics, will be in the audience.

Another part Fonsi might play one day is Che in Lloyd Webber and Rice’s “Evita.” The show marks 40 years since its original Broadway production next year, and I hear rumbles that there may be a big concert bash, probably at an NYC theater.

Patti LuPone gave “Evita” a huge lift at the Grammys, stopping the show with her rendition — in the original key, if you please — of “Don’t Cry for Me Argentina.”

All those bands that were jumping up and down to bells and whistles and flashing lights could learn a thing or two from a performer who mesmerized Madison Square Garden with only her pipes and her acting.

She will surely be part of a 40th anniversary concert. And if Fonsi doesn’t make the cut, I have to say that Mars was looking very Che-ish on Grammy night in those sunglasses.

Give him a beret and cigar, and — voilà! — you’ve got “A New Argentina.”

Broadway’s powerbrokers descended on the Fontainebleau Hotel in Miami Beach this week for the Broadway Across America conference.

BAA, as the company is called, owns theaters all over the country and invests in most Broadway productions. The conference, packed with Tony voters, is a showcase for the new crop of plays and musicals.

Tina Fey charmed everybody at a panel for “Mean Girls,” which starts previews March 12 at the August Wilson Theatre.

“She’s playing the Tony game very well,” a source says.

Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez performed some new songs for the upcoming stage version of Disney’s “Frozen,” a subtle reminder that much of the score is new, so it should be made eligible for a Tony Award.

And, courtesy of “Summer: The Donna Summer Musical,” there was a dinner and a disco party at the Fontainebleau on Wednesday night.

Robert Wankel, the president of the Shubert Organization, and Paul Libin, who just retired from Jujamcyn Theaters, were busting some Tony Manero moves to “Bad Girls.”

If anyone has pictures, please send them my way.

Keep your eye on “Goldstein,” by songwriter Michael Roberts and playwright Charlie Schulman. The title character of this new musical writes a tell-all memoir about his family. It becomes a best seller but then the family turns on him, claiming much of the book is a lie.

Like “Rags” mixed with a touch of “Fiddler on the Roof,” “Goldstein” covers 90 years of the Jewish immigrant experience in New York. It begins performances in March at the Actors Temple Theatre.

MMA fighter turned action flick hero trades ‘guns’ for guns

Growing up in Texas, Gina Carano would spend hours on a sofa in front of the TV watching Cry-Baby and Pride and Prejudice.

I never really watched action films, Carano tells The Post. I really loved dramas.

Two decades later, her whole life would be action-packed.

By 2008, Carano was a professional mixed-martial arts fighter with a 7-0 record, competing against the likes of top-notch rivals Elaina Beef Maxwell and Julie Kedzie. After director Steven Soderbergh discovered her on the MMA circuit in 2009, when she suffered a devastating defeat to Cris Cyborg, he cast her in his 2011 spy thriller Haywire. That silver-screen breakthrough led to roles in major action films such as Fast & Furious 6, Deadpool and, now, Scorched Earth, out Friday.

A bona fide action star, 35-year-old Carano gives another fighting, femme fatale turn in Scorched Earth, an action thriller in which she plays a post-apocalyptic, gun-toting bounty hunter. Still, she says, shes ready to embrace her softer side.

To find yourself getting pigeonholed into one genre, she says, is a little bit discouraging. If somebody would just put me in a corset and put me in a period piece already that would be great, because then theyll really see what Im capable of.

Carano says she can do much more than gritty acting and dangerous bouts.

I want to create and produce, she says. Put my piece of art out there.

That realization came after a two-year hiatus, when Carano moved from Los Angeles to San Francisco to take acting classes and continue to train in fighting.

I shot Scorched Earth, and then I felt like I should step away. And now Im kind of coming back with a refreshed sense of self, says Carano, who began dating kickboxer Kevin Ross last year after breaking up with Superman star Henry Cavill. Sometimes you need to do that.

Although shes since returned to LA, you wont be seeing her in Deadpool 2. Carano says shed signed on to return as Angel Dust, the villain she played in the 2016 original, but that changed after director Tim Miller was dropped from its sequel.

They rewrote the script and my character got the boot, says Carano, who nevertheless hopes Angel Dust returns someday.

While shes mostly left the MMA behind, Carano credits it with giving her the fighting spirit an artist needs.

[Fighters] know what its like to go in on any given day and get the living s–t beat out of them, she says. Going into an acting class, or going onto a set, and getting the living piss beat out of you in a scene Fighters know how to pick themselves up and be like, All right. My face isnt broken, and Im not bleeding.

I can get up and do it again tomorrow.

The house behind the horror movie: Secrets of the real-life Winchester mansion

This womans dream house is a nightmare.

Not long after the death of her husband in 1881, Sarah Winchester began building a 24,000-square-foot home in San Jose, Calif., that includes 161 rooms, six kitchens and countless spooky curiosities. She spent nearly four decades constructing it up until her own death in 1922.

Nobody knows exactly why Winchester, who had inherited millions, sunk much of her vast fortune into its construction. Some say it was her way of grieving for her husband, William, treasurer of his familys Winchester Repeating Arms Co. Others speculate that a medium told her she was cursed by the victims of rifles made by her family, whose ghosts demanded she build them a house out West.

Whatever the reason, the widows magnum opus is now the setting of the new horror movie, Winchester, out Friday, starring Helen Mirren as Sarah. Re-creating the seven-story house, which still stands today as a tourist attraction, was no easy task for the filmmakers.

Trying to replicate what Sarah Winchester did 150 years ago is a big challenge, Matt Putland, the films set decorator, tells The Post by phone from Brisbane, Australia. Its such a complex of twists and turns, of hallways and staircases, and rooms within rooms doors that open to nothing and doors that open to two-story drops. Doors you think are covered, but actually open into hallways. Doors in floors! It was anything goes in that house.

Putland spent four days exploring the mammoth manse. He snapped more than 300 photos of doorknobs and hinges, and took particular note of the collection of rare, 19th-century Lincrusta wallpaper, still in its original packaging, meant for rooms that were never built. By the end, the designer still couldnt navigate his way through the maze.

But, Putland says, he could sense its spirits.

I dont know if I was scared, but definitely in certain areas of the house you could feel a presence, or a strangeness, he says. It just felt a bit off.

While Winchester had 30-odd years to perfect her devilish dwelling, Putland and his crew lacked the luxury of time.

We had six weeks to design and build the sets that we needed, before we started filming, he says. And we were in a totally different country, which added a whole level of challenges.

The film was shot far from San Jose in Melbourne, Australia. For certain indoor scenes, the team searched exhaustively for local buildings from the same era to add authenticity. The trouble was, most of those Australian homes were made of stone, whereas the Winchester House is largely timber. CGI trickery aided with blending the locations into one.

Some of the houses most unique features, however, had to be built from scratch. One was the switchback staircase, which ultimately travels just one story, but comprises seven flights of stairs that fold back in on themselves. Each step only rises two inches, meant to help the frail Winchester easily move about her property.

Other items were either so strange or expensive to duplicate that they had to be shipped from the house itself.

Such was the case with the annunciator, an early visual intercom system that indicated to servants which room Winchester was in, using a signal button. When it arrived, we had to get it functioning back to how it wouldve [worked] 120 years ago, and amazingly all we had to do was attach a battery, Putland says. That thing was still working.

Most of all, the designer cherished the guidance of Winchesters proxy Helen Mirren.

She was quite an amazing person to work with, he says. She was very interested in her hand props and the way that she talked to the spirits. Also, just getting into the vibe of who Sarah Winchester was and how she would decorate her house That was quite a bonus that came with this job.

The ghoulish gig also gave him new insight into the millionairess, who, Putland says, history got wrong.

I felt that she was massively misunderstood by the society she was living in. She came across as a very private person, and a bit of a recluse, he says. But also, on the other side, theres aspects of the house that show a great generosity and a kindness to her staff she was basically giving lifelong employment to the people who worked on that place.

In all its weird kookiness, he says, its quite an achievement for a woman of that time to pull off.

Jason Momoa earns his hunk status in camp thriller ‘Braven’

Ever since he made a splash as a Dothraki warlord on “Game of Thrones,” Jason Momoa has been a force of nature on screens large and small. The hulking actor favors parts where he’s literally in the wild: DC’s Aquaman; a Canadian fur trader in the Netflix series “Frontier”; a desert-dwelling cannibal in last year’s “The Bad Batch.”

That’s also the case with “Braven,” which, while not exactly good, rises above its B-movie trappings thanks to Momoa’s committed performance as a family man besieged by a bunch of murderous thugs. His name — in case you were curious as to whether he is a courageous everyman — is Joe Braven.


I don’t know how this passed screenwriting muster, but here we are.

Director Lin Oeding, in his feature debut, leaves the plot defiantly lean: After a quick intro to Joe (Braven. Joe Braven!) and his close relationships with his wife (Jill Wagner), daughter (Sasha Rossof) and Alzheimer’s-ridden father (Stephen Lang), we’re shoved into the action. A sketchy employee of Joe’s (Brendan Fletcher) lumber company stashes a duffel bag of drugs at his boss’ cabin in the woods, not counting on Joe and his dad being there when the time comes to pick it up.

It’s a fast-moving scramble for survival from here on, and if the film doesn’t present many surprises (Garret Dillahunt’s drug lord is a mean guy; Joe’s resourceful wife and daughter are eventually imperiled; Joe and his dad are both very . . . Braven), it’s intense and rugged, shot beautifully in the wilds of Newfoundland. It also features a pretty clever, if gory, use of a rusty bear trap. For anyone looking for a shot of vengeance adrenaline while waiting for “John Wick 3” to come down the pike, “Braven” will probably fit the bill.

Turns out Agent Mulder is one hell of a crooner

The truth is out there. So is a new David Duchovny album.

It may surprise fans of The X-Files to know that its star has yet another career, as a singer and songwriter. (Hes also a novelist.) His second album, Every Third Thought, is due out Feb. 9.

Its a collection of roots-rocking originals from someone who first picked up a guitar only six or seven years ago to pass the endless hours in his on-set trailer while filming Showtimes Californication.

I always loved music and I wanted to be able to play the songs I grew up with, Duchovny, 57, tells The Post. I chose guitar because its portable. A piano is hard to lug around.

The native New Yorker learned to appreciate performance in his early 20s, when he tended bar at Radio City Music Hall. It was there he saw Marvin Gaye, Bette Midler and Prince, among many other greats.

The first tunes he learned to pick out on guitar? Broken Arrow by Robbie Robertson and Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots, Pt. 1 by the Flaming Lips.

Duchovny says making music not only helps keep boredom at bay, but gives him something he cant get in acting.

I get to write my own words and have control over whats coming out of my mouth, he says.

Many of the songs on the guitar-forward, mid- and down-tempo Every Third Thought tackle love, loss, death and my dad.

Sometimes Ill have a subject in mind, sometimes an image, Duchovny says. It just spins out.

The creative control must be welcome to someone who says he once auditioned for all three lead roles in Full House and was turned down for all of them.

Duchovny doesnt actually play on the album, which was recorded at a studio in Brooklyn. He says his guitar work isnt yet sharp enough. Instead, hes been concentrating on his singing, taking lessons and doing 25 minutes of voice work a day.

He wrote his first song a few months after picking up the guitar.

I was looking for the easiest songs to play, and I was noticing certain progressions, he says. It was like, Not all songs are like [those by the band] Yes they dont have 60 chords why cant I come up with a melody?

The result was The Things, a track on his 2015 debut Hell or Highwater.

I felt so proud of myself, he says. I recorded it on my GarageBand app on my phone.

Duchovny is well aware that there will be some eye-rolling at the thought of yet another actor coming out with an album.

Im under no illusion that Im not using my celebrity in another area to draw attention to this. Its a great opportunity to get the music out there, he says. My heart is pure as far as music is concerned. Im not telling you Im Pavarotti. Im just trying to make some beautiful songs.

Duchovny also has music to thank, at least in part, for his latest gig another shot at playing FBI agent Fox Mulder on The X-Files, which was brought back in January for an 11th season.

Like Will and Grace and Roseanne, its been revived for a renewed life on TV.

I think [the trend] started with music bands started getting back together and touring as big as they used to, Duchovny says. As our generation has aged, they like to revisit their youth. That would explain some of the appetite.

Duchovny will soon launch a tour in Australia and New Zealand. Hes pretty sure it wont be as cushy as his life on the set.

Its Ubers and taxis, and its not easy, he admits. Its not Bon Jovi.

Actors have been releasing albums since well before Don Johnson detected a Heartbeat. Here are a few A-listers who rock n rolled.

Billy Bob Thornton: Thornton lent a raspy, two-pack-a-day voice to several albums of singer-songwriter tunes. He even wrote one (Angelina) about then-wife Angelina Jolie, containing the lyrics, They said wed never make it, two crazy panthers on the prowl. Weird, bro.

Ryan Gosling: Before he played a starving musician in last years La La Land, Gosling was a not-so-starving musician who released a 2007 guitar-driven track called Put Me in the Car. Well deny we ever said this, but its not bad.

Gwyneth Paltrow: The Oscar winner sang on several singles, including one with her then-husbands band, Coldplay. She toyed with releasing a full country album in 2011 after appearing in the film Country Strong, but her ridiculous $1 million asking price to sign with Atlantic Records was too steep, The Post reported. Weak.

Russell Crowe: Through the 90s and 00s, Crowe moonlighted in his rock band 30 Odd Foot of Grunts. NME ripped the group as charisma-free and said Crowes songwriting sucks. Someones head might have an appointment with a phone.

Lindsay Lohan: The former child star released a 2004 pop album called Speak. The song Rumors had her wailing, Im tired of rumors starting, Im sick of being followed, Im tired of people lying. Some songs are timeless.

Rifle heiress haunted by so many ghosts she built a mansion for them

Sprawling and flamboyant, at first glance the red-turreted mansion designed by the heiress to a gun fortune looks fairly typical.

But if you dare to peek behind the ornately carved doors you will discover the most mysterious house ever built.

Doors lead to fatal drops or brick walls, a staircase ends at the ceiling, chimneys stop short of the roof and a skylight is covered by tiles.

It is said to be haunted by the spirits of the men and women killed by bullets fired from the Winchester rifles which were the basis of the heiresss wealth.

It was Sarah Winchester, the owner of the house, who wanted spectral tenants in the mansion.

Believing she was cursed following the deaths of her husband and only child, Sarah supposedly constructed the 500-room residence in California as a penance for the lives lost at the hands of people wielding her familys weapons.

The labyrinthine layout was intended to confuse good ghosts so that they never left.

This legend has now been turned into a film starring Dame Helen Mirren as the troubled widow, who is not only haunted by ghosts but also by her past.

Naturally, the horror movie, called Winchester: The House That Ghosts Built, ramps up the nocturnal bumps, with the actresss black lace-clad heiress taking on the demons.

This was a palace built for ghosts.

In the real world, it remains unclear how much Sarah, who died at age 82, feared figures from the afterlife.

But Mirren, 72, is certain that, at the very least, the mansion was founded on Sarahs supernatural beliefs.

The actress said: There was a spiritual search going on and I think Sarah was a part of that.

This was an extraordinary woman. She was into spiritual development and spiritual things in general.

She was actually kind of trained as an architect. She had a huge interest in architecture and design before she got married.

It was an era of building amazing, complicated palaces. But the purpose of her building was always to expiate souls.

The family firearms company was established by Sarahs father-in-law, Oliver Winchester, in 1866 on the back of the success of a revolutionary repeating weapon called the Henry rifle.

Later it produced Enfield rifles and Browning automatic rifles for the British army in World War One.

The rifles were an instant sales hit, but Oliver did not have much chance to enjoy the fruits of his fortune, dying in 1880.

His son and heir William, Sarahs husband, died just over a year later from tuberculosis, age 43.

Sarah, 41, inherited $20 million, which is the equivalent of $510 million in todays money.

With her only child Annie having died years earlier from the protein deficiency marasmus at the age of just one month, Sarah had no one to share it with.

Grief-stricken, Sarah is said to have looked to the spiritual world to find out why such a string of losses had befallen her.

She visited a famous psychic in Boston named Adam Coons and he claimed the answer was clear her family was cursed by everyone ever killed by a Winchester rifle.

Channelling the spirit of her late husband, Coons advised constructing a home for the troubled spirits on the West Coast and to never stop building, because halting the work would result in her death.

So in 1884, Sarah bought an eight-room farmhouse in San Jose, California.

Then she brought in men to expand the building seven days a week, 24 hours a day.

Mirrenexplained: At that time, it was just empty farmland and in the middle of it was this extraordinary construction, bit by bit being built by this widow who would always wear black and who no one in the local town would ever see.

She was private, always in her house. You can understand why a mythology started building about her as the house became more extraordinary, more complicated, bigger and bigger.

Money was no object in the grand design, which included hand-painted wallpaper, silver inlaid doors and up-to-date technology such as an elevator and indoor plumbing.

Amid the grandeur were obvious signs of Sarahs superstition, most notably in the spider-web designs on window panes and the repetition of the number 13.

A window has 13 glass stones in it, staircases have 13 steps, walls and ceilings have 13 panels.

Back then it was believed the number only brought misfortune to bad people.

One room has a conical shape, which has given it the name Witchs Cap, and was apparently designed to create a weird echo.

But the most intriguing room was the one used for seanceswhen Sarah would apparently contact the dead to get further design instructions.

While there is only one way into the seance room, there are three ways out the entrance, an exit leading to an 8-foot fall and a third door you cant get back into because there is no latch on the other side.

Sarah would sleep in a different bedroom each night, and the house only had one working toilet to further confuse otherworldly visitors.

Historian Janan Boehme, who works at Winchester House, suggests the dead ends could have been part of Sarahs ploy to rid herself of evil ghosts while maintaining a home for the good ones.

Boehme told The Sun: Sarah was a smart woman and showed no signs of insanity.

But there is a legend she wanted to create a dwelling that was hospitable to the good spirits and not to the bad, which she wanted to drive away.

This is how some people explain the dead-end hallways and the staircases to nowhere.

She probably even forgot some of the things she built. It is just so big and just goes on and on.

The mansion eventually reached seven stories in height and had over 500 rooms until the deadly earthquake of 1906 toppled the top three floors and its mighty tower.

Sarah survived the quake and eventually died in one of its bedrooms in 1922.

These days, the house, now owned by Winchester Investments LLC, is a tourist attraction at the center of Silicon Valley.

But according to Boehme, who has worked at Winchester House since the late 70s, the ghosts are still there.

She revealed: I have heard sounds of people talking when there is nobody there. I swear I have heard my name whispered.

I also heard steps on the roof early on a Sunday morning and I couldnt see anybody.

I came up the staircase and through two locked doors and there was no one there.

Other visitors have reported organs playing without any musicians, the sound of dancing in empty ballrooms and unexplained apparitions.

Skeptics say there is no evidence of Sarahs obsession with the supernatural because she was solitary and kept no diaries or records about her motives.

But for Mirren, the confusion only makes the story even more intriguing.

She said: It is fascinating. Whether that is the truth of Sarah or not, no one will ever know.