Sex And The City: Kim Cattrall wants new Samantha Jones
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Kim Cattrall has revealed she would like to see an African American woman play hit character Samantha Jones.
The actress, 61, has been playing the sassy singleton for 20 years, first landing the role in Sex And The City in 1997 before reprising the role for the movie franchise in 2004.
But she has now closed the door on playing Sam Jones the role for a third installment of SATC once and for all, appearing on Piers Morgan’s Life Stories last week.
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Speaking to Piers Morgan for the taping of his ITV show Life Stories, an audience remember present at the filming told the Daily Mail that she shut down rumours that her ‘diva demands’ were the reason behind production problems of a further movie.
Speaking about making a third installment of the hit movie, she explained: ‘I want them to make the movie, if that’s what they want to do.
The four female stars of ‘Sex and the City’ have spent the past 20 years shooting down rumors of a feuds and tension among the cast, but it seems that one of the actresses is done playing that game.
DailyMailTV revealed last week that Cattrall had wanted the studio behind the franchise, Warner Bros., to produce other films she had in development in order to sign on to the project.
Sarah Jessica Parker confirmed later that same day that the studio was forced to cancel production just a few weeks before principal photography was set to begin, saying she was ‘disappointed’ by the news.
That move did not sit well with Cattrall however, who- speaking further on the show, said she has been saying no to the project for the past year, and never once suggested she might board the film.
‘And now, now at this very moment it’s quite extraordinary to get any kind of negative press about something that I’ve been saying for almost a year of “no” that I’m demanding or a diva, said Cattrall.
‘And this is really where I take to task the people from “Sex And The City” and specifically Sarah Jessica Parker in that I think she could have been nicer.’
Kim then reiterated: ‘I really think she could have been nicer.’
Later in the interview Cattrall again spoke of Parker, saying: ‘I don’t know what her issue is, I never have.’
Cattrall also scoffed at the notion that she was ever close to signing on to the film, telling Morgan that she declined an offer to return as sex-positive publicist Samantha Jones.
‘The answer was always no and a respectful, firm, no,’ said Cattrall.
She then addressed some of the specific allegations reported by DailyMailTV claiming: ‘I never asked for any money, I never asked for any projects, to be thought of as some kind of diva is absolutely ridiculous.’
The exact demands that Cattrall made were not revealed by sources, but she has certainly been a valuable player to the studio.
The first ‘Sex and the City’ film was made for $65 million and grossed $415 million worldwide while the sequel brought in $300 million on a $100 million budget.
Both of those films were two of the biggest profit generators for the studio that year.
Cattrall went on to explain that doing another film just does not fit into her life at this point.
‘I remember so clearly making that decision and last December I got a phone call and it was concerning that and I knew exactly, I could feel it, and the answer was simply, “thank you, but no, I’m good,”‘ said Cattrall, adding that she got that call last December.
‘I went off to Sweden to do this fantastic fun job, I get a call in Sweden and what I hear then is, “but we just want to talk about it a little bit,” I said, “thank you very much, I’m very flattered but thank you, no.”
Cattrall said that this did little to deter producers, who came back to her once again a short time later.
‘Months go by, I finish filming, I come back to New York [they say] “we believe that the period of time you have spent connected to this franchise you really should sit down with one of the creators and they can talk to you about, just talk to you about it.” And I thought to myself, I already know the answer,’ said Cattrall.
‘This isn’t about more money, this is not about more scenes, it’s not about any of those things. This is about a clear decision, an empowered decision in my life to end one chapter and start another. I’m 61. It’s now.’
Cattrall also spoke about her perceived reputation as a diva, an allegation that has circled her for years despite the fact that she avoids the limelight.
‘The inference is from some unknown source, the inference is, is that I am a diva, that I’ve held up production in some way that, “oh now we don’t get to make our movie because of you,”‘ said Cattrall.
Cattrall then offered up more ideas for her character in the third installment.
‘Or bring in another character. It can be another character. This is what I really believe that this franchise needs another point of view and this could be it,’ said Cattrall.
‘I don’t feel like a victim, I feel like I came out of this on top. This has given me a fantastic platform. Sarah Jessica, she could have been nicer, she could have in some way. I don’t know what her issue is, I never have.’
It was just hours after DailyMailTV broke the story of Cattrall’s demands that Parker confirmed the report.
‘It’s over… we’re not doing it,’ said the actress in an interview with Extra! last Thursday.
‘I’m disappointed. We had this beautiful, funny, heartbreaking, joyful, very relatable script and story.’
She went on to say: ‘It’s not just disappointing that we don’t get to tell the story and have that experience, but more so for that audience that has been so vocal in wanting another movie.’
Cattrall meanwhile told Morgan that the entire scenario almost felt like deja vu.
‘This is basically a repeat sadly, sadly of what happened years ago for the first movie,’ revealed Cattrall.
‘That period of time sadly again, my marriage had broken up in a very public way and my dad was diagnosed [with illness] and I wasn’t ready to go back into the forum and when I was, I made that known.’
Cattrall then added: ‘This is a different set of circumstances for me. This is a chapter that I am ending, I am beginning a new chapter and I feel very strongly that my future is my choice. That is my right, that’s what, ironically, that’s what this show, “Sex And The City,” was always about.’
The actress also said that she does not even have a production company with which to produce any films.
‘The only project that I wanted as a producer to make was Sensitive Skin and I made it and it was nominated for Emmy and I loved it and learnt so much from doing it,’ said Cattrall.
‘I have no other projects.’
Cattrall also confessed that she is not as close to her three co-stars, noting that they are different ages and lead very different lives.
‘They all have children and I am ten years older and since specifically the series ended I have been spending most of my time outside of New York so I don’t see them. The common ground that we had was the series and the series is over,’ said Cattrall.
‘I’ve moved on, this is what my sixties are about, they’re about me making decisions for me not my career, for me. And that feels frickin fantastic.’
She quickly added: ‘But everything comes to an end and in closing one door another door opens and that door has been waiting for a long time.’
Cattrall also noted that she had no idea when she last spoke to her co-stars.
‘And that’s another thing that’s really disappointing is that nobody ever picks up the phone and tries to contact you and say, “how you doing?” That would have been the way to handle it,’ said Cattrall.
‘And usually what happens in a healthy relationship is that someone, or a transaction for a job in my business, is that someone says, “are you available?” and you say “yes” and here’s the job and you say “yes but thank you very much but I’m sort of over here right now but thank you very much” and that person turns to you and they say “that’s great, good luck to you, I wish you the best.” ‘
Cattrall then noted: ‘That’s not what happened here, this is, it feels like a toxic relationship.”
She also said that she would not rule out a reconciliation with Parker.
‘There is genuine affection and there has been over the years,’ said Cattrall.
‘This is extenuating circumstances and in the past I’ve felt, wow, especially with the fans I don’t want to in any shape or form ruin an ideal of it, because it does stand for empowerment and it does stand for women sticking up for each other, but not always.’
And Cattrall admitted to Morgan that Samantha Jones would never again be back on screen.
‘Me playing her, that I can assure you will never happen. For me it’s over, it’s over with no regrets, I just wish that Sarah had been nicer,’ said Cattrall.
‘I’m at a point in my life where I am making decisions that make me happy and going backwards in life doesn’t make me happy. Going forward that’s how I feel, I’m on the front foot not my backfoot.’