It’s impossible to imagine Sex And The City without Mr Big. For ten glorious seasons (plus two big screen adaptions), Carrie and Big’s on-off relationship dominated the show.
However, Mr Big could have been a very different character. SATC’s creator Darren Star told Entertainment Weekly that he actually had someone else in mind.
“I was thinking of Alec Baldwin for Big initially,” he told the magazine. Who would of thought, eh?!
The change in casting came about when Star met with Noth. “I met with Chris Noth and thought he was perfect. I remember the first table read, how good he was. I’m not saying that Chris was Mr. Big, but he brought a lot of his own persona to the role,” Star said.
And this wasn’t the only switch up with the casting. Aiden – Carrie’s other long-term lover in the show – was originally supposed to be played by Aiden Quinn, who was best known at the time for his role in Legends of the Fall.
The role in the end went to John Corbett but the production team decided to keep the name.
“We initially were thinking about Aidan Quinn for Aidan, but I think he wasn’t available,” Star continued. “I loved John Corbett in Northern Exposure, and we were like, ‘Well, what’s John Corbett been up to?’ He just had the laconic, dudish vibe. But we kept Aidan because we loved the name.”
This isn’t the first time Star has spoken out about the iconic 90s show. Earlier this year Star revealed he thought the ending to the TV series was not authentic.
“I think the show ultimately betrayed what it was about, which was that women don’t ultimately find happiness from marriage,” he said.
By Elizabeth Bennett