Those involved in the HBO phenomenon take James Andrew Miller behind the public chats with Cattrall (who did not participate) during his podcast & # 39; Origins & # 39 ;.
The cast and crew Sex and the city Discussions are opening between Kim Cattrall and the rest of the stars of the franchise, especially with Carrie Bradshaw, Sarah Jessica Parker.
Cattrall made headlines in 2017 when the news spread that a SATC 3 The film was canned due to failed contract negotiations with the actress, and again in February when she attacked Parker on social media after his brother's death. "Your continued contact is a painful reminder of how cruel you really were at that moment," wrote Cattrall in an Instagram post for Parker. "Let me leave it VERY clear (If I have not done it yet) It's not my family, it's not my friend, so I'm writing to tell you one last time to stop exploiting our tragedy to restore your situation." good girl & person ".
In a new chapter by James Andrew Miller. origins In the podcast, the presenter addressed these issues directly with the stars Parker, Cynthia Nixon and Kristin Davis, along with the creators and producers of the program. Cattrall did not participate in the podcast, but told Miller through a representative "that he has already said everything he wants to say about Sex and the city. "
Michael Patrick King, who wrote and executive produced the series, and also wrote and produced the two SATC The films said the tensions between Cattrall and the other women started early on the show, largely because of the money and the competition for spotlights. He explained that when the program started, Parker was by far the biggest name of the four, and he was risking himself like a movie star moving into an HBO television show. Due to his star status, he was paid as such.
"The program does not exist if Sarah Jessica was not the blond star of the show, that's No. 1. Kim was not at the height of her career, Kristin was below her in terms of notability, Cynthia was a theater actress – and his contracts reflected that state, "King told Miller in the third episode of the podcast, titled" Sex and the City: 1, 2 & Out. "
"As the show went on, the characters, everyone grew up, became a family," he said. "Kristin, Cynthia and Sarah Jessica became a single group, and Kim never joined mentally."
He continued: "Kim fought and said: & # 39; I am everyone's favorite & # 39 ;. [Parker’s] name was contractual, legally, just, the only name on the poster due to the fact that she was a movie star in 1998 when the series began and she jumped to make a show about sex in [HBO], the channel that made the fights, and it does not matter how popular you are. I guess for Kim it did not matter how much the raise was made if there was never parity, but there will never be parity. "
The executive producer said that these difficult contractual negotiations were nothing new, describing how things "always became dangerous before a new season with a contractual rarity," but those problems were usually resolved by the time they were established. And although there was sometimes tension behind the closed doors, "nobody really threw up what they were feeling."
From Parker's point of view, the star, who is also a producer in the films, did everything she could to show Cattrall that she wanted her aboard the third film, recalling numerous conversations with her manager to convince her to repeat her part. Ultimately, however, "the study said:" We can not meet those questions of yours, we can not do it, the economy does not make sense to us. "Then it's over, but that's not a character murder That's how the business works. "
Speaking about the relationship between her and Cattrall, Parker said: "I'm not in a catfight with anyone, never, publicly – never – have I said anything hostile, despicable about Kim because that's not how I feel about her." He also refuted the idea that the years in the program were spent fighting with his co-star, since "we simply could not have worked, I would have had stomach pains every day".
Nixon did not answer questions about Cattrall on the podcast, and Davis said she is not in a place to play the peacemaker between Cattrall and the SATC team. "I think there are other problems that have to do with the personal things of other people that are not my concern in some aspects," Davis told Miller. "It's hard when you've worked with someone for 20 years, you want to be respected and I am … It's very difficult because we were crushed by the fact that we did not do that third movie, it's so difficult to get a movie starring four women with light green". , even when you're a household name in the whole world. "
Amy Harris, writer and producer of the series, expressed her disappointment at the way Cattrall treated Parker after the death of her brother, described the publication of social networks as "incredibly unfair" and said that it does not match what she saw on the set. . "I really feel a lot of empathy for what Kim was going through, but I thought his choice and what he did was wrong," Harris said. "I do not understand why he did that because whatever the past, there were four women who cared for each other, and I understood where his anger and anger came from in terms of what was happening, but I do not know why he chose to take him out with Sarah Jessica." .
The producer also reflected on why Cattrall refused to participate in SATC 3, believing that she was really tired of playing Samantha Jones on screen, which is "a completely legitimate choice".
"What's not the right choice is to claim that that option is because these other people were monsters, that they just were not," Harris said. "I think it seemed that things were really moving forward and then, all of a sudden, the carpet was removed and the reasons did not seem to match what really happened, in my opinion."
King echoed this theory, calling Cattrall to invent a "revisionist history" about it for more than a decade in the Sex and the city sphere. "People do things, they do things based on what they want to say to themselves," King said. "All I know is that the show was spectacular for everyone involved, it was a spectacular success and we have to work very hard to achieve it. Sex and the city The story is something that was not good for you, and for some reason, Kim thinks something happened to her on that show that was not good for her. "