Alec Baldwin was almost Carrie's Mr Big on Sex and the City
Sex and the City could have looked very different.
Show creator has revealed his first pick to play the love of Carrie Bradshaw’s life, Mr Big, was actually another man - Alec Baldwin.
Chris Noth and his signature eyebrow waggle became synonymous with Mr Big, but creator Darren Star was drawn to '90s heartthrob Baldwin after his dashing performances in thrillers like The Hunt for Red October and Miami Blues.
“I was thinking of Alec Baldwin for Big initially,” Star told Entertainment Weekly. “But I met with Chris Noth and thought he was perfect. I remember the first table read, how good he was.”
Star also let slip that the role of Carrie's other long-term boyfriend, the furniture-maker hunk Aidan Shaw, was intended for someone else: Aidan Quinn, the American-born actor raised in Birr, County Offaly.
“We were thinking about Aidan Quinn for Aidan, but I think he wasn’t available. 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. We kept ‘Aidan’ because we loved the name.”
The behind-the-scenes secrets follow on from Star’s comments earlier this year about the series’ ending, when he reflected on whether Carrie should have ended up with Mr Big after all.
“I think the show ultimately betrayed what it was about, which was that women don’t ultimately find happiness from marriage,” the producer told Deadline in January.
“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.”