'Sex and the City' Creator Reveals He First Wanted Alec Baldwin to Portray Mr. Big

by Jackie Willis 8:13 AM PDT, March 24, 2016
Playing 'Sex and the City' Creator Reveals He First Wanted Alec Baldwin to Portray Mr. Big

Can you imagine Alec Baldwin courting Carrie Bradshaw?

According to Sex and the City creator Darren Star, he first had his eye on the 30 Rock star to play Sarah Jessica Parker's love interest on the hit HBO show. "I was thinking of Alec Baldwin for [Mr.] Big initially," he admitted to Entertainment Weekly.

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However, Star said when he was introduced to Noth, he knew he had found his leading man. "I don't really watch Law & Order, but I met with Chris Noth and thought he was perfect," he recalled. "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 also revealed that John Corbett wasn't his first choice to portray Carrie's other love interest, Aidan Shaw. "We initially were thinking about Aidan Quinn for Aidan, but I think he wasn't available," he shared. "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."

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Star added that the Practical Magic actor did inspire the character in a big way. "We kept 'Aidan' because we loved the name."

There always seems to be buzz that the SATC cast will reunite for a third movie, and Star didn't put that rumor to rest when he spoke to ET. "I think Sex and the City is a chapter that will never close," he explained. "There's something very universal about Sex and the City that people are still tapping into, where every generation seems to be discovering for itself."

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