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Roland Fuller was a mentally disabled man and identical twin brother of the brilliant aerospace scientist Dr. Arthur Grable. Despite Roland's significant learning defects, he had incredible mathematical abilities. (TXF: "Roland")
The casting of the Roland Fuller character was regarded, by the producers of The X-Files, as being pivotal to the success of the episode "Roland". Zeljko Ivanek was the first performer to read for the producers as Roland Fuller. (The Truth Is Out There: The Official Guide to The X-Files, p. 154) Director David Nutter recalled, "When Zeljko Ivanek came in and read, Chris Carter and I both looked at each other and said, 'That's the guy.'" (Cinefantastique, Vol. 26/27, No. 6/1, p. 58) In Carter's words, the actor "just blew us away," to the point where they knew immediately he had landed the part. (The Truth Is Out There: The Official Guide to The X-Files, p. 154) "Then we had about ten people come in after him," continued Carter, "but they just didn't get it." The role consequently went to Ivanek. (X-Files Confidential, p. 75)
Assisting Zeljko Ivanek with the part was thrilling for David Nutter. "I really enjoyed working with him, and making his portrayal as real as possible," the director related. (Cinefantastique, Vol. 26/27, No. 6/1, p. 58) The portrayal ended up garnering high praise from cast and crew of The X-Files. (The Complete X-Files: Behind the Series, the Myths and the Movies, p. 50) Nutter was one of the production staffers who were very pleased with the actor's performance, thinking Ivanek "did a wonderful job." (Cinefantastique, Vol. 26/27, No. 6/1, p. 58) In agreement, Chris Carter described Ivanek's appearance in the role as "just an amazing performance" and further remarked. "This guy, Zeljko, should have won an award for this. I thought he was just fantastic [...] and he turned in a terrific performance which, for me, made the episode." (X-Files Confidential, p. 75)