Executive producer Michael Patrick King dished the dirt on that “Sex and the City” feud as he recently appeared on the “Origins” podcast.
The drama between Kim Cattrall (Samantha Jones in the show) and Sarah Jessica Parker (Carrie Bradshaw) has been going on for years. King shared his opinions during the chat — even suggesting the beef between the pair started because Cattrall wanted to be paid the same as Parker.
“The show doesn’t exist if Sarah Jessica wasn’t the blond star of the show, that’s number 1,” King told host James Andrew Miller. “Kim was not at the height of her career, Kristin [Davis] was under her in terms of notability, Cynthia [Nixon] was a theatre actress and their contracts reflected that status.
“As the show progressed, the characters, everybody grew, it became a family. 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.”
King said of the alleged pay dispute, “Kim fought and said, ‘I’m everyone’s favourite.’ Sarah Jessica said, ‘Yeah, that’s why the show worked, you were certain people’s favourites, they loved you. Certain people loved Kristin and people liked Cynthia but you were the favourite and that’s why the show worked. That doesn’t mean you’re being punished.’”
The producer continued, according to IndieWire, “[Parker’s] name was contractually, legally, righteously, the only name on the poster due to the fact that she was a movie star in 1998 when the series started and she did a leap to do a show about sex on [HBO], the channel that did the fights and it doesn’t matter how popular you are. 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.
“People do things, they make stuff up based on what they want to tell themselves. All I know is that show was spectacular for everyone involved, it was a spectacular success, and you have to work very hard to make that ‘Sex and the City’ story be 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.”
King’s interview also saw him reveal Cattrall had issues with the “Sex and the City 3” movie plot.
Despite the actress insisting she never really wanted to do the flick, King insisted she also had a problem with the fact that Mr. Big (Chris Noth) was going to die of a heart attack early on. This would, therefore, make the remainder of the film more about how Carrie recovered from Big’s death than about the relationship between the four women.