Sex and the City 2 was given one of the harshest critical drubbings of any film released last year. And many speculated that we'd seen the last of Carrie Bradshaw and her crew of friends. We recently caught up with Kim Cattrall, who's played Samantha Jones on the hit HBO series-turned-big screen franchise for the past thirteen years, and she doesn't think she'll ever be back to play Samantha Jones again, either. Not in a feature film, anyway.
She did mention the Sex and the City prequel that is rumored to be heading for production, with Blake Lively often mentioned in terms of casting a twenty-year-old Carrie Bradshaw. Cattrall says she has been kept mostly out of the loop on that, and has no idea who would even play a twenty-year-old Sam.
Here is a our conversation.
Will you be back as Samantha in Sex and the City 3?
Kim Cattrall: I really don't know. As an actor, they first get a script together and they give you some start dates. They put together a budget, and then they say, "We're going to send you a script!" They want to talk. That hasn't happened. There is now talk of a prequel. Candace Bushnell wrote a book called 'The Carrie Diaries'. We've seen little rumors about them wanting to make a movie about the girls in their twenties. Maybe late tweens. I didn't read this book. I haven't had a chance to. But Candace is a very good writer, and I am sure she has come up with a very good plotline for the girls. That to me seems...I don't know. I am not holding onto that hope. I feel like I've let go. Whatever happens with those characters...I would love to revisit them. Its like a reunion. Its like going home. Thirteen years of your life? That is a long time to be associated with one show and one character. One family. If it happens, that would be great. But if not? It was an amazing experience.
Did you think that the critics were a little to harsh on Sex and the City 2?
Kim Cattrall: Oh, absolutely. There were other movies that came out last summer, like Iron Man 2, and they were creamed by the critics as well. But there seemed to be, what I felt, after a while, a misogynistic slant to how much they didn't like it. In some ways, it was like, "We never really wanted to like this, and now we get to really hate it!" It's a summer movie. We made it for fans. What can you do but hope for the best? It did very well at the box office. Any time a woman-driven film does well, in this climate, in this industry, you have to stand up and say, "Thank you for that!"
When you talk about this prequel, are you involved in any way with that? Do you have any idea who would make a good twenty-year-old Samantha?
Kim Cattrall: No. I know nothing about it. Except the little pieces of gossip. People will ask me, "Do you know about the prequel?" And I say, "Well, now I do." But I have never known much about it. I really don't. Who knows? Who knows why one film gets a yes? And another one gets a no? When you think about the fact that something like Black Swan couldn't get funding, you have to say, "What?" Anyway, my point is that I am not in this loop.
It seems a little strange to me, just in the fact that you have this established franchise that people still love, and that people want to still see. It seems pointless to turn back the clock on them...
Kim Cattrall: I don't think its possible for us to play twenty-year olds anymore.
Why do we even need that?
Kim Cattrall: Because! Its another way to make money. Isn't it? That's all it is. Why do they make sequels or prequels, or anything really? To make money. And hopefully to make good entertainment. That is what we always tried to do. We had good writers working on it. And there were a lot of barriers beaten down. For woman, I believe. There were a lot of storylines that helped both genders, and entertained them. That is what it was about. Entertaining. So, who knows what the future brings? Maybe there will be something spawned from further on in these women's stories together. Or, before they met. If they have a good enough script and a good enough director, chances are that it can be a good film.