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Sex And The City creator wanted a different actor to play Mr Big

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Carrie Bradshaw and Mr. Big will always be one of our favourite on-screen couples. They dominated the plot of so many Sex And The City episodes, it became hard to imagine the show without them.

Plus, the on-screen chemistry between Sarah Jessica Parker and Chris Noth was so palpable, their roles seemed tailor-made for them. 

But according to the creator of the popular TV show, John James "Mr. Big" Preston was never meant to be played by Noth.

Darren Star, the man behind SATC - and indeed, many other shows, including Beverly Hills, 90210 and Melrose Place - has spilled the beans in an interview with Entertainment Weekly, saying that he originally wanted a very different actor to play Carrie's love interest.

“I was thinking of Alec Baldwin for Big initially," he said.

However, his opinion soon changed when he met the Mr. Big we all know today. "I don’t really watch Law & Order, but I met with Chris Noth and thought he was perfect," he added. "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."

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Star also revealed that Aidan Shaw wasn't originally supposed to be played by John Corbett either. "We initially were thinking about Aidan Quinn for Aidan, but I think he wasn’t available," he said. "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.”

It's always fascinating to find out about a creator's vision for a show before it becomes part of the zeitgest, and in another interview for Kindle Singles back in January, Star also said that the way SATC ended up betrayed itself, and that he was disappointed with its ending.

"I didn't break [write] those last episodes," he said. "If you're empowering other people to write and produce your show, at a certain point, you've got to let them follow their vision. I think the show ultimately betrayed what it was about, which was that women don't ultimately find happiness from marriage.

"Not that they can't, but the show initially was going off script from the romantic comedies that had come before it. That's what had made women so attached. At the end, it became a conventional romantic comedy. But unless you're there to write every episode, you're not going to get the ending you want."

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Deborah Cicurel is a freelance journalist who writes about everything from lifestyle and travel to fashion and entertainment. She loves spicy maki rolls, cosy socks and visiting far-flung destinations, and is unable to walk past a dog on the street without stopping to befriend it.

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