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Kim Cattrall is done playing outspoken Samantha Jones on Sex and the City — and she’s asking fans to move on, too.
Late on Thursday night, a Twitter fan asked Cattrall, “So I’ve seen you doing interviews on ageism yet I see you on Insta saying you too old to play Samantha? I’m so confused!” To which the actress responded, “Josh, I’ve played ‘SAM’ for 20 years. Am moving on & so should you. Try #SensitiveSkin my show on @Netflix.”
— Kim Cattrall (@KimCattrall) October 6, 2017
Cattrall has been facing backlash from fans ever since Sarah Jessica Parker confirmed that Sex and the City 3 was no longer moving forward after the Daily Mail reported that the project was being held off due to Cattrall’s alleged demands. Cattrall reportedly wanted Warner Bros. to produce her other films or she wouldn’t participate in SATC 3. However, Cattrall responded to the allegations via a tweet that read, “The only ‘DEMAND’ I ever made was that I didn’t want to do a 3rd film,” adding that she spelled that out in 2016.
The ongoing back-and-forth even prompted Willie Garson, who played Carrie Bradshaw’s bestie Stanford Blatch in the HBO series, to weigh in on the situation with an unsubtle subtweet on Wednesday.
“Dear fans, because I’m ‘toxic’, I’m going to negotiate a contract for 6 months, not come to terms, then say I never wanted to do it anyway,” Garson tweeted.
Dear fans, because I’m “toxic”, I’m going to negotiate a contract for 6 months, not come to terms, then say I never wanted to do it anyway.
— Willie Garson (@WillieGarson) October 4, 2017
The tweet came shortly after Cattrall sat down with Piers Morgan for ITV’s series Life Stories, airing Oct. 23, where she called her relationship with the women “toxic” and said she thought Parker, in particular, could have been “nicer.”
“The answer was always no and a respectful, firm no,” she told the host, according to the Daily Mail. “For me it’s over, it’s over with no regrets. I just wish that Sarah had been nicer.” Adding, “I don’t know what her issue is, I never have.” During the appearance, Cattrall denied that she ever asked for any projects and that she made the decision last December, receiving three calls since asking about the project, to which she said ‘no’ each time.
“This isn’t about more money, this is not about more scenes, it’s not about any of those things,” she said. “This is about a clear decision, an empowered decision in my life to end one chapter and start another. I’m 61. It’s now.”
Cattrall, who said she has lost the common ground with her co-stars who are 10 years younger with children, even retweeted Perez Hilton’s tweet on Tuesday that read, “RT if you think #SexAndTheCity should make a third movie and just kill @KimCattrall’s character!” To Morgan, she suggested the franchise continue on without her, perhaps with “an African-American Samantha Jones or a Hispanic Samantha Jones” or even a new character. She added that none of her co-stars have contacted her directly and couldn’t recall the last time she spoke to one of them.
Like Parker, who said she was “disappointed” about the movie’s demise, Kristin Davis is also just as bummed that the film won’t be going forward.
“It is deeply frustrating not to able to share that chapter (beautifully written by MPK) with all of you,” Davis, who was known as the show’s preppy Charlotte York, wrote on Instagram, referring to Sex and the City writer-director-producer Michael Patrick King’s script. “So we will just have our memories, but please know that all of the love and support for us through the years is felt by us and we are so grateful for all of you! SATC forever in our hearts.”
Her TV husband, Evan Handler, also joined the chorus, confirming that he was contacted two or three months ago and told the movie was “definitely” happening, but three weeks later they pulled the plug. “Suddenly the story seems to be everywhere,” he wrote in a post to his Facebook page after Cattrall’s sit-down with Morgan. “You can reach your own conclusions. But I will say this: Piers Morgan is a nasty, Trump-supporting, fake-news-distributing purveyor of lies and falsehoods that I argued openly with about far more serious matters months before his recent interview pushed this story into view. So, I’d be cautious about buying into whatever’s being sold on his show.”
Cynthia Nixon, the fourth member of the group as Miranda Hobbes, has yet to comment.
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