Hold on to your Manolo Blahniks: Sex and the City almost killed off a major character

You’ll want to hold on to your Manolo Blahniks for this piece of cinema news. As it turns out, a major Sex and the City character was almost killed off in the third film—had it been made in the first place. In a new episode of the podcast Origins with James Andrew Miller, journalist Miller revealed that a sad fate would have awaited actor Chris Noth, who played Big, aka Carrie Bradshaw’s (Sarah Jessica Parker) love interest.

According to Miller, Big was set to die of a heart attack in the third film—”in the shower, relatively early on in the film.” His death would then ultimately make the “remainder of the movie more about how Carrie recovers from Big’s death than about the relationship between the four women.”

We’re going to need a few Cosmopolitans to process this revelation.

Sex and the City followed four women contending with the trials and tribulations of sex and love in Manhattan. In May 2008, Sex and the City: The Movie caught up with the friends four years later. After positive reception of the first film, Sex and the City 2 came out in May 2010.

Fans have since been calling for a third film. Much of the original cast was on-board with the idea—that is, except Kim Cattrall. Last year, Cattrall (who played Samantha Jones) admitted that she didn’t want to do another film. In a separate 2017 interview with People, she said:

“The hardest thing is, what would the story be? It’s been seven, eight years since we wrapped the last movie. Can we get everybody together? We’re all sort of scattered now. Are we still relevant?

Between her hesitation and Big’s fate, perhaps the lack of a third film isn’t a bad thing.

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