kim cattrall is not beating around the bush: she will never return as samantha, the icon of “sex and the city”.
The Upcoming “Queer As Folk” Star Revealed That After Turning Down A Script For The Third “Satc” Movie In 2017, She Wasn’t Contacted For The HBO Max Revival Series “And Just Like That,” In Which Carrie (Sarah Jessica Parker), Miranda (Cynthia Nixon), and Charlotte (Kristin Davis) enter new phases of their lives.
“The series is basically the third movie. That’s how creative it was,” Cattrall told Variety in a cover story. “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.”
Cattrall’s sex-positive character Samantha was reportedly going to be part of a “heartbreaking” storyline where she would receive unwanted “penis photos” from Miranda’s son Brady, then 14 in the timing of the anticipated third movie and now a high school senior in “and so on”.
cattrall, who now stars in hulu’s sitcom “how i met your father,” explained that, ideally, “some kind of event” would have to occur to warrant his appearance in a third movie, let alone one. reset series. And why would that event include a lecherous preteen?
“why can’t samantha, owner of your public relations firm? Maybe she had to sell it due to financial problems? 2008 was tough,” cattrall speculated about a different plot line for samantha. “some people are still recovering. he had to sell it to a guy who wears a hoodie, and that’s the dilemma he has. I mean that’s a scenario that was a little bit out of one of my reps’ heads, and I thought that was a great idea. that’s a conflict instead of a minor child…”
added, however, that “it’s 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 I don’t want to be there.”
Although Cattrall hasn’t seen “and so…”, the references to Samantha communicating with Carrie via text message (and missing Big’s funeral) feel “different from the Samantha I played”.
“I came to the conclusion that really the biggest compliment I could get as an actor is unmissable,” Cattrall said, before calling it “strange” that the series still relies on his character’s presence. “I don’t know how to feel about it. it’s so finite for me that it doesn’t continue”.
cattrall went on to say that the “satc” characters didn’t really progress. “Everything has to grow, or it dies. I felt like when the series ended, I thought that was smart,” Cattrall said. “We are not repeating ourselves. and then the movie to wrap up all the loose ends. and then there is another movie. and then there’s another movie?”
cattrall continued, “parts of [samantha] are with me. I played it and I loved it. I finally felt protective of her… I was ready. As hard as it was, and as scary as it is to stand up and not be bullied by the press or the fans or whoever, just say, I’m fine. I’m on this track it was great working with you. I really enjoyed it, but I’m here.”
While cattrall shared that she wants to create her own sitcom one day, the star confirmed that she won’t be returning to any iterations of “satc.”
as showrunner michael patrick king previously said, “you literally can’t make an actress play a role.” series star sarah jessica parker also stated that there would be too much history between the cast for cattrall to return.
cattrall simply told the variety that he counts his former co-stars as colleagues: “My colleagues are not my friends. It was professional.”
So, it looks like Samantha is gone forever. “It’s powerful to say no,” Cattrall summed up. “I think the original show is really amazing, but that was a different time.”
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