Mr Big jets in without Carrie and the girls for Titanic role
THE man known only as 'Mr Big' to legions of 'Sex and the City' fans yesterday confessed he was delighted to leave the skyscrapers of New York behind to immerse himself in Edwardian Ireland.
Clad in a staid suit and sporting a greying moustache, Chris Noth was almost unrecognisable from his famous role as he strode across the drawing room at Howth Castle for the filming of the €22m TV mini-series 'Titanic: Blood and Steel' about the building of the 'unsinkable' ship.
Yet, as he enjoyed Dublin during some free time from filming the new 12-part Irish/Italian co-production, Noth admitted a few 'Sex and the City' fans had spotted him.
"Sex and the City. . . cancer," said Noth, who plays rich American industrialist JP Morgan, with a loud guffaw. "I'm laughing. It's global media, you can't get away from it.
"There is just not much for me to say about it anymore," Noth, who flies out on Saturday, said.
He added: "I love to travel. I spend a lot of time on a lot of shows in New York so I'm enjoying the opportunity. We started in Serbia with this which was also very interesting and I had two days of beautiful sunshine before this rain so I have seen Dublin in the sun and in the rain. I don't know why more film isn't done here."
There may not have been a Jimmy Choo in sight in the castle's drawing room, yet there was a painful nod to fashion as co-star, 'Scream' actress Neve Campbell, confessed her lace corset was just a tad restricting.
"We are all aware of what happened to the Titanic and how people perished and we are aware of that story, but a lot of people aren't aware of what it took to build the Titanic and the politics involved," said Campbell, who plays New York journalist Joanna Yaeger, who wrote about the ship's building.
The series will air next year to mark the centennial year of the Titanic's maiden voyage to New York and the tragic loss of life in its sinking.
Howth Castle is just one of the locations used during the shoot, with other sites including the Guinness complex (used to create part of the famous Harland and Wolff shipyard in Belfast), Palmerstown House and the Botanic Gardens.
The TV series filmed for six weeks in shipyards and factories in Serbia before coming to Ireland for 12 weeks and involves 120 cast members, 3,000 extras and will be dubbed into Italian, German and Spanish.
Producer Paul Myler, of Epos Films, said it was "quite an epic tale" as it involved 600 minutes of television and there was a "big push" into the area of major television productions.
Mr Myler said €12m of the €22m budget had been raised in Ireland, including around €300,000 in financial support from the Irish Film Board.