In Sex And The City, Carrie, Miranda, Charlotte and Samantha were the best of friends.
But offscreen that simply wasn’t the case for the four actresses who played them. Now cast and crew members from the much-loved show are sharing their views on why Kim Cattrall has such animosity towards the franchise, in which she starred for six years, before returning for two movies.
They claim Kim was upset she was paid less than Sarah Jessica Parker, who played the main character Carrie Bradshaw.
Not close: Kim Cattrall was not friends with her co-stars on Sex And The City behind the scenes, and wanted to be paid the same as Sarah Jessica Parker, insiders say
Speaking on the Origins podcast, Sex And The City executive producer Michael Patrick King confirmed Sarah Jessica was paid more than her co-stars, in line with her status as the show’s star.
‘The show doesn’t exist if Sarah Jessica wasn’t the blonde star of the show, that’s number one,’ he said. ‘Kim was not at the height of her career, Kristin was under her in terms of notability, Cynthia was a theater actress and their contracts reflected that status.’
But while Cynthia Nixon who played Miranda and Kristin Davis who played Charlotte were fine with this distinction, Kim, who had a movie career before joining the cast, never got over it.
Long term co-stars: Speaking on the Origins podcast, Sex And The City executive producer Michael Patrick King explained Sarah Jessica was paid more than her co-stars; seen are Kristin Davis, Cynthia Nixon, Sarah Jessica Parker, Kim Cattrall
‘As the show progressed, the characters, everybody grew, it became a family,’ King said. ‘Kristin, Cynthia, and Sarah Jessica became one group, and Kim never joined mentally. Kristin and Cynthia went in the light, they became those two ladies, they understood it was Sarah Jessica’s name, look at the posters.’
And even when given pay rises, Kim was unhappy with her salary – because she knew Sarah Jessica got more.
‘I guess for Kim it didn’t matter how much the raise became if there was never parity, but there was never going to be parity.’
In September last year DailyMailTV exclusively revealed that just days before filming of the third Sex And The City movie was set to start, Kim pulled out.
She was said to have demanded Warner Bros produce other movies she had in development or she wouldn’t sign up for the project – something she has denied.
Journalist James Andrew Miller shared a further revelation about the planned plot on his podcast
Sequels: In September last year DailyMailTV exclusively revealed that just days before filming of the third Sex And The City movie was set to start, Kim pulled out
The latest instalment from Carrie and co was reportedly set to have Mr Big die of a heart attack in the shower and focus on Carrie Bradshaw as she deals with the loss of her one true love, an insider revealed.
The dramatic plotline is said to be another reason behind Kim’s decision to not sign on to the third film as it focuses more on Carrie, rather than the unbreakable friendship between the four main characters.
James said: ‘People close to Kim believe that the script for the movie didn’t have a lot to offer the character of Samantha.
‘They point to the fact that it calls for Mr Big to die, of a heart attack, in the shower, relatively early on in the film, making the remainder of the movie more about how Carrie recovers from Big’s death than about the relationship between the four women.’
Sarah Jessica Parker, 53, confirmed last year that there was a ‘beautiful, funny, heartbreaking, joyful, very relatable’ script, but that the third movie was not happening.
Although several cast members were said to be devastated at the decision to cancel the film, Chris Noth, who played Mr Big, may not have been as keen as the other stars.
Speaking about the first two movies, Chris told James in the podcast Origins: ‘I just hate the cornball s***… and I thought it was… sentimental and overly romantic.’
Sarah Jessica Parker, 53, confirmed last year that there was a ‘beautiful, funny, heartbreaking, joyful, very relatable’ script for the third movie – but that it was no longer happening
Sarah Jessica Parker, Cynthia Nixon and Kristin Davies are said to be ‘devastated’ that the movie was not happening, and even Chris Noth, who disliked the first two films, said it had a ‘superior script’
Despite this, Chris did admit that the third movie had a ‘superior script’ to the first two, which grossed $415million and $288million at the box office respectively.
The blockbusters, released in 2008 and 2010, were preceded with six successful seasons starting in 1998 and ending in 2004.
The characters the world has grown to know and love are based off the novel Sex and the City, published in 1997 by Candace Bushnell.
Issues surrounding the salaries of the four main cast members are also believed to have played a role in the decision not to produce a third movie.
Sources told James that SJP, Kim, Cynthia Nixon and Kristin Davies were set to be paid $1million up front and divide up part of money from the box office with the show-runner Michael Patrick King.
The actresses reportedly believed the division was ‘unequal and unfair’.
The first two movies grossed $415million and $288million at the box office respectively. The actresses were reportedly going to be paid $1million up front, and split some of the box office money with show-runner Michael Patrick King