To put ourselves in context, we explain that, in recent weeks, a Variety article was revealed, in which Kim Cattrall spoke bluntly about the reasons why she will never play the iconic Samantha Jones from Sex and the Cityand what led her to walk away from future projects.
In the cover story, Cattrall revealed that after turning down a script for the third “SATC” movie in 2017, she was not contacted for the HBO Max reboot. “And Just Like That”, in which Carrie (Sarah Jessica Parker), Miranda (Cynthia Nixon) y Charlotte (Kristin Davis) enter new stages of their lives.
“The series is basically the third movie. That’s how creative it was,” Cattrall told Variety. “I was never asked to be a part of the reboot. I made my feelings clear after the possible third movie, so I found out like everyone else: on social media.”
Samantha was reportedly going to be part of a “heartbreaking” storyline in which she would receive “dick pics” unwanted from Miranda’s son, Brady, who was 14 at the time of the third film, while in And Just Like That He is a senior in high school.
Cattrall explained that, ideally, “some kind of event” would have to occur to guarantee his appearance in a third film, let alone the reboot series. And why would that event include a lecherous pre-teen? The actress explains:
“Why can’t Samantha, who owns her PR company, maybe had to sell it due to financial issues? 2008 was tough. Some people are still recovering. She had to sell it to a guy in a hoodie, and that’s the dilemma she has. Instead of an underage child…”
However, he added that “it is a great wisdom to know when enough is enough” when playing a character. “I also didn’t want to compromise what the show was for me. The way forward seemed clear.”Cattrall said. “Everything in me said: ‘I’m done’. And you can’t go against that feeling. I never want to be on a set and [sentir que] I don’t want to be there.”
Cattrall did not see “And Just Like That…”however, thinks the references to Samantha communicating with Carrie via text messages (and missing Big’s funeral) feel “different from the Samantha I played.”
And while until today, we had only had the statements from Cattrall, we finally know the other side of the coin, presented by Sarah Jessica Parker, who, on The Hollywood Reporter’s Awards Chatter podcast, clarified not having any fight with Cattrall, explaining in passing, the reasons for his absence from the reboot of HBO Max:
“It is very difficult to talk about the situation with Kim because I have been very careful never to say something that is unpleasant.because it’s not the way I like to conduct conversations as complicated as this.”
While Parker credited Cattrall with being a “huge contributor to the success” of “SATC”, she was not asked to return for “And Just Like That” due to Cattrall’s earlier comments.
“We didn’t ask him to be a part of this because he made it clear that that wasn’t something he wanted to do., and we didn’t feel comfortable anymore, so it didn’t occur to us. That’s not ‘talking bad about her’, it’s just learning. You have to listen to someone, and if they’re talking publicly about something and it’s not suggesting that it’s a place they want to be, or a person they want to play, or an environment they want to be in, you reach an age where you say, ‘Well, we heard that.’”
“There were things that she requested [para la tercera película de SATC, en 2017] what [el estudio] he could not do. They didn’t feel comfortable agreeing to their requests, so we didn’t make the movie because we didn’t want to do it without Kim, and the studio wasn’t going to do it, so [el proyecto] She fell apart.”
Parker clarifies: “It wasn’t that she said ‘no’ to the movie; it’s that the studio said ‘no’ to the movie, which, you know, happens. And every actor has the right to ask for things, to have, you know, a contract that makes them feel good. I never would have discussed it because, frankly, that’s not my problem. Did we get disappointed? Of course. But it happens.”
And about Cattrall’s statements in which he talks about a tense work set, Parker says:
“I spent many years working very hard to always be nice to everyone on set., to take care of people, to be responsible with people, both with my employers and with the people I feel I am responsible for, as a producer of the series. And there’s just no one else who’s ever talked about me this way, so it is very painful.”
“It’s so painful for people to keep talking about this ‘catfight’: a fight, a fight, a fight. I have never uttered fighting words in my life about anyone I have worked with. Nor there is a ‘fight’ going on. There have been no public disputes or disputes or conversations or accusations made by me or anyone on my behalf. I would not do it. That’s not the way I would do it… There has been one person speaking. And I’m not going to tell her not to, or anyone, so that’s been a little bit painful for me as well.”
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