Podcast Reveals Truth About Kim Cattrall / Sarah Jessica Parker Feud

Sex and the City

The Truth Behind Cattrall’s Demands

The third chapter of James Andrew Miller’s Origins podcast explores the now infamous feud between Kim Cattrall and . . . seemingly everyone else involved in HBO’s Sex and the City. According to showrunner Michael Patrick King, the issues arose over money and marketing.

The show doesn’t exist if Sarah Jessica wasn’t the blond star of the show, that’s No. 1. 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

As for why Sarah Jessica Parker was the solo player on all the movie posters? Michael Patrick King explains that because Sarah was the legitimate movie star when the show launched,  it therefore makes sense to utilize her star power for all publicity-related materials.

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Lena Dunham Covers Vogue — Explains Nudity

20140115-172437.jpgYou can put a pretty bow on your controversial choices with a stock-house explanation, but that doesn’t make it any less questionable. ‘Girls’ Executive Producer and Writer, Lena Dunham covered Vogue, and she explained her decision to bare all for the HBO series, saying, “It’s a complicated thing. I want people ultimately, even if they’re disturbed by certain moments, to feel bolstered and normalized by the sex that’s on the show.” She also added that, “Seeing somebody who looks like you having sex on television is a less comfortable experience than seeing somebody who looks like nobody you’ve ever met.” While I understand the argument, I must still lay into it’s lunacy.

I’ve followed ‘Girls’ since it’s debut, and the excessive nudity has almost pushed me to flee the show. I never questioned Samantha Jones’ nudity, because it made sense for the character. Kim Cattrall’s promiscuous Sex and the City character broke down barriers for women. It put our gender on par with men, who are socially allowed to sexually misbehave, while women are not. Her nudity was also appropriately played into each scene, and the artistic blend kept me immersed in the story. Unlike ‘Sex and the City,’ it’s as if Lena Dunham is proving a point at the expense of the scene. Sure it’s possible that she adequately represents “real life,” but if I wanted my television to be that real, I’d watch a documentary. There’s a delicate dance between art and reality, but the former is just fine with me.

The Women of Sex and the City on The View (video)

I just stumbled on this interview and I had to post it.  This is one of my favorite promotional interviews for the movie, because the women actually say some real, down to earth things, instead of all the “we’re so grateful for our success” crap.  Kim Cattrall is my favorite.  I’ve never seen her this open in an interview.  She says some pretty revealing things while still keeping it light.  I posted the full show, so go to the eight minute mark to start the interview.

Sex and the City 2 Cast Interview With Entertainment Weekly – Read the Highlights

I’d recommend getting the entire interview because they discuss the history of the show.  But read the highlights below.

Sarah Jessica Parker on her favorite scene
“[I]t’s the “up the butt” one.  If I had to pick one scene that people are like, “That’s what that show is!” in the worst possible way, it’s that one.  But in the best way, too.”

Kristin Davis on her first day with Sarah Jessica Parker
“Sarah Jessica had this big thing of Krispy Kreme doughnuts,a nd she invited me to her trailer.  She said, “Let’s hang out and get to know each other.”  We had 18 hour days, so we bonded pretty quickly.  The most famous person on the set, you take their lead.”

David Eigenberg (Steve) on auditioning for the show
“I remember having to fake an orgasm in their office once.  That was awful.”

Jason Lewis (Smith) on his first day with the show
“I was nervous as hell . . . .  I was supposed to be objectified by 30 or 40 women.  It was like a kid going to his first day at a new school . . . and I realized I didn’t know a single soul.  And then Kristin Davis came by and swooped me up.”

Chris Noth (Big) on the show in general
“it was just fucking funny in a way that’s irreverent, in a way that TV never was before.”