Former X-FILES star David Duchovny once fed crickets to a tarantula in order to get cheap rent when he was a struggling actor.

Before hitting success, Duchovny looked after a woman's pet spider in his native New York as a way of cutting costs.

He says, 'I was subletting an apartment in Manhattan from a woman who had a pet tarantula, and my job, to get cheap rent, was to put 10 crickets in the tarantula's cage every month.

"You'd hear this lush cricket song at the beginning of the month, and by the end, it would get thinner until there would be one little crickets chirping in there."

04/08/2005 11:33