Chris Noth: the press killed the Sex & The City franchise, it’s dead

There have been conflicting reports as to whether Sex and The City is going to come back for a three-quel, but the consensus has generally been that it’s over. The last film underperformed at the box office and was lambasted by critics. It wasn’t a complete failure, but it didn’t do as well as was expected and was a disappointment on many levels. Most people place the blame for the franchise’s demise on creator Michael Patrick King and star Sarah Jessica Parker for whipping up a sequel that sucked the charm out of the television series and left us with soulless consumerism and dumb jokes. According to Chris Noth, who played Parker’s flaky love interest, Mr. Big, it’s all the critics’ fault for not liking the movie. He told the press at a recent premiere that “The franchise is dead. The press killed it.” Way to blame the messenger.

Chris Noth does not actually appear in Philip Seymour Hoffman’s directorial debut Jack Goes Boating, a drama starring John Ortiz and PSH himself as a pair of limo drivers in complicated romantic relationships. Still, it’s a good thing we caught up with Noth at the movie’s premiere last week, because he had interesting things to say about Sex and the City. Take it away, Mr. Big: “It’s over. The franchise is dead. The press killed it. Your magazine f’ing killed it. New York Magazine. It’s like all the critics got together and said, ‘This franchise must die.’ Because they all had the exact same review. It’s like they didn’t see the movie. Got any more gum?” (Note: That’s not a reference to anything. He really asked us if we had any more gum.)

[From NY Magazine via OK!]

The critics didn’t kill that franchise, it committed suicide by stiletto and everyone saw it and commented on it. There was nothing conspiratorial about the bad reviews. If something stinks to high heaven people notice and usually agree about it.

Maybe Noth was joking around, but it at least sounds like he’s upset about the fact that he’s not going to get a fat paycheck for the third film. Kim Cattrall has been open about the fact that she’ll continue to play Samantha as long as she gets paid (she said “as long as the audience is there” but we know what she means) Thankfully she won’t get another chance.

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  1. Innocent says:

    SATC is done they would have been better quitting while they were ahead after the first movie.
    He is better on the Good Wife anyway

  2. Tess says:

    He should shut up and sing.

  3. Marjalane says:

    Oh brother. This tool is reaching if he thinks it was the critics that ruined his meal ticket. He, along with his SATC co-stars looked like creepy, over the hill, hipster wannabe’s in that last movie! And I got that just from the trailers- supposedly the best part of the movie!

  4. Budda DeCat says:

    He is one good looking sob but I’ve read he is a really big a–hole IRL.

  5. geenie says:

    He was probably joking about the media killing the franchise. I remember SJP was all over the place promoting the movie, so if anyone killed it, it was her.

    I still haven’t finished watching the movie cause it was just unbearable to watch. It seems like the sequel was made in a rush and that they overlooked to make a quality film. The entire film was a horrible cliche with nothing new to it.

  6. Johnny Depp's Girl says:

    Who cares? I’m over the SATC. Something new please!

  7. Green Is Good says:

    I love this guy, but Jeebus, is he delusional! A crap movie is a crap movie. Deal with it.

  8. Katie says:

    I love Noth, but if he was being serious, he is wrong on this wrong. The first film really wasn’t very good but appealed well enough to general nostalgia for the show. The second movie bastardized everything that was good about the show. It was truly terrible.

  9. Persistent Cat says:

    Personally, I wasn’t interested in seeing the second one because I didn’t care for Carrie being married, especially to him. I never rooted for Big.

  10. Jenny says:

    Actually, there were several reasons I didn’t see it. One is the hordes of women who rented limos, dressed up and drank cosmos to see this crap fest. Two, it felt really, really forced. It looked more like a walking billboard than an actual movie. Three, yeah, I get that married life can be a big yawn but, really, throwing Aidan into the equation again just seemed like a cop out. Four, I didn’t see the first movie because I honestly felt like the series ended exactly the way it should have. Now they are just beating stuff to death.
    If they do want to bring it back, maybe all of them can be hit by the recession and lose all their money and manolos.

  11. Stronzilla says:

    “Because they all had the exact same review. It’s like they didn’t see the movie.”

    No Mr. Noth, it’s more like they did see the movie.

  12. Steph says:

    i liked the sequel. Definitely not as witty as the series and not as “on point” as the 1st movie…but funny/entertaining. Maybe the critics did kill it. . . Everyone in the theatre with me was in hysterics – the whole way through. The only thing that I thought was missing from the sequel was the thing that held everything else prior together…AKA the city… NEW YORK…!!!!! The whole series was basically about women in that city, yet we hardly saw it… It would be like making a sequel to the “Wizard of Oz” in Berlin! But, still entertaining. I judge a movie based on what I think, not what others tell me to!

  13. junk573r says:

    I’m sure it was just an off the cuff comment. I can’t see him even caring one way or another. It’s not like he doesn’t make mad cash off reruns of law and order, satc, and the good wife. He’s certainly not hurting for money.

  14. Abby says:

    It sounds like he was joking…

  15. Jules says:

    No, SATC killed themselves. What 2 awful movies. The world has moved on, seeing 50 something women having an orgasm over a pair of shoes is just not that interesting.

  16. Stephie says:

    Mr Big!

  17. California Surfer says:

    Whoa, dude has some seriously yellow teeth going on!

  18. BethL says:

    I didn’t see the 2nd movie since everybody(fans) said it was bad and I didn’t know what it was about other than bored women go to the middle east. Considering the movie was 2 or 2-1/2 hours, that seemed like a very week storyline. Also not taking place in NYC probably hurt the movie. I thought the first movie was really good and enjoyed it.

  19. TG says:

    I absolutely loved the first movie and have watched it many, many times and the shows. So I was very disappointed in the second movie and was cringing in the theatre thoughout the movie when I think I was supposed to be laughing.

    And there were some nice clothes but why do they have to dress the women in huge ugly plastic looking 80’s clothes. Just because you are getting older does not mean you have to wear more gaudy jewlery and belts to look good. And do not take a show about NYC out of NYC it is a sure failure.

  20. TG says:

    And just because I am feeling mean at Chris Noth take a look at the first movie the scene where he and Carrie are reading in bed and see his bronzed on airbrushed abs. It is so fake you can tell he has no real muscle definition and it is all fake. I laugh everytime I see that scene.

  21. lucy2 says:

    I hope he was joking, because it’s pretty clear that the film itself (story, location, scipt, promotion) killed the franchise.

  22. Jover says:

    I realize most everyone in hollywood is a professional flatterer, but come on, the movie stunk; hollywood doesn’t know when to leave well enough alone, everyone wants an easy paycheck, and real creativity is hard to come by. I love Seinfeld, but try to imagine 2 Seinfeld movies after the series same characters, with the second one set in Mumbai or Budapest, etc. Thankfully the series was enough; I don’t want to see it flayed for more profit in lame movie renditions.

  23. Feebee says:

    Just like the “press” killed Gigli and others of their ilk.

  24. original kate says:

    i think the writing killed SATC2.

  25. Jeri says:

    Well, at least he is good in The Good Wife. Never really cared for him & he sounds like a real douche.

    Yeah, nothing to do with the movie, it’s all the press. Swallow the Koolaide Chris.

  26. Mara says:

    This guy needs to learn to let go. Neither one of the SatC movies were good IMO, the first one was just close enough to the end of the series that it got a pass. The second one was too bad to ignore and the nostalgia was gone. Now he’s on a good show that he is a lot better on than he ever was on SatC and he gets to play a much deeper character. He needs to move on and embrace his new role and quit looking back all the time. Maybe he’s just holding on because these movies were his one shot at being a movie star? Whatever it is, move on dude.

  27. wonderful says:

    SATC the tv show is like the overly dressed up, expensive-looking girl who shows up to the party, charms everyone with her over the top attitude, then leaves before the party has ended and before everyone has tired of her. The movies were like if this same girl came back an hour later while everything was calming down, only drunker, louder, and more over the top to the point where everyone realized they hate her. She should have stayed gone the first time.

  28. Ally says:

    Umm yeah. The second movie was TERRIBLE! Dear god, and that Liza performance was the creepiest thing I have ever seen. I shudder even now…

  29. Mingo says:

    Thank God it’s dead. It’s horrible. Maybe bring them back in 10 years fresh from another round of plastic surgery and high colonics.

  30. Ally says:

    I don’t know… I would like a 3rd movie so they could clean up the horrible last impression left by the 2nd one.

    But at this point everyone involved — from Michael Patrick King, via SJP to Patricia Field — has completely lost touch with their subject matter & what made the show modern, appealing and relevant to real women’s lives. So I don’t know that they would be capable of cleaning up that impression. MPK is so clueless, he’d probably send Carrie, Miranda et al on a space mission.

    It’s depressing that a show about professional women, sexuality and full lives became a movie about tacky romance and fashion.

  31. Chris says:

    “a sequel that sucked the charm out of the television series and left us with soulless consumerism and dumb jokes.”

    The television series was full of soulless consumerism and dumb jokes too.

  32. Anti-icon says:

    I would argue that it was the writing, coupled with gross corporate intrusion, that killed what was a marvelous look at how women support each other.

  33. truthzbetta says:

    They’re supposed to be in THE city, NY right? “The city that was a character” to them? Then they went somewhere else for a movie?

    Going that far from your own title screams “shark jump” and audiences say thanks for warning us you’re no longer trying, we’ll stay away thank you.

    And maybe nobody recognized them from the photoshopped poster, who can blame us for that?

  34. Shoe_Lover says:

    I agree with Chris Noth

    I didn’t read any of the reviews before I saw it so as not to taint my view however I knew they were mostly negative. Once I had seen it I read a couple and one of them proved to me that some people are dissing it for the sake of dissing it. In one scene Carrie says “Is this because I’m a b!tch wife who nags you” or something like that but according to one reviewer she screeches that line at Big. She didn’t screech she just said it so I think that these reviewers are just idiots.

    If this were a film with an all male cast there wouldn’t be this much negativity. Look at “The Hangover” it was praised over and over but it was kind of like SATC 2 but with guys.

    I liked the movie and I am guessing so did everyone else in the cinema with me because there was a lot of laughter

  35. Daisy says:

    I love the plot lines, the fashion and everything else about SATC. It’s over the top extravagance. What’s not to like? It’s just fluff and needs no apologies. And I love Chris Noth as Mr. Big. I hope he can keep his weight down so he’s not so big, however. And maybe a little teeth whitener. XOX