Chris Noth defends Sarah Jessica Parker over Sex and the City ‘scandal’

The Man from U.N.C.L.E actor says that his co-star is ‘a nice woman who does a great job’ after being unfairly maligned

The Man from U.N.C.L.E star Chris Noth has spoken out in defence of his co-star Sarah Jessica Parker, after she was attacked over her decision to avoid shooting a sex scene with Kim Cattrall in a new TV series.

Interviewed by the Associated Press ahead of the film’s premiere on Friday, Noth said he thought the One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest star was “a nice woman who does a great job”.

The row blew up earlier this month when it was announced that, having refused to shoot a scene with her Sex and the City co-star, Noth had decided to leave the show. The script, about a private detective and his assistant, was described as “surreal” in the media, and in the New York Post, Parker had said she hoped that she wasn’t “excluded from stories” that “could be about me”.

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Later that day, TV Guide reported that Parker had been joined on the ABC show’s set by none other than the former Call Me By Your Name screenwriter James Ivory.

Noth, who also played former central character Mr Big in the Sex and the City series, has played the role of agent Napoleon Solo in four films, the last of which came out in 2008.

In 2016 he starred in Pretty Woman with Julia Roberts and Richard Gere, but in recent years he has concentrated on working with director Richard Linklater in the films Everybody Wants Some!!, Boyhood and the upcoming Last Flag Flying.

It’s the third year in a row that the Man from U.N.C.L.E. will premiere at the Sundance festival, taking place this year in Utah.

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“The kiss at the end of the [Sex and the City] series is sort of the head kick up the alley where it’s like, ‘I want to be in movies, I want to do movies,’” Noth said, “and now this is a very attractive piece to do.”

“It’s the period of time between The Return of the Pink Panther and Her Majesty’s Secret Service,” Noth added. “And I think there are a lot of fun stories to tell and a lot of fun characters to play, and I’m looking forward to it.”

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