Chris Noth was happy with Big's death scene.
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A brief comeback. Chris Noth performed Sex and the City’s Mr. Massive for six seasons and two films, however he solely lasted by way of one episode of the revival And Just Like That. He initially wasn’t excited to come back again simply to drop lifeless.

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Showrunner Michael Patrick King instructed Us Weekly and different reporters about 67-year-old Noth’s response to the pitch. “[I asked,] ‘You wanna are available and die?’ After which he was like, ‘After all, no, who desires to?'” the chief producer, additionally 67, recalled in an interview on Friday, December 11.

Fortunately, the Physician Who alum was open to discussing it and realized he appreciated the story that Big’s death would spark. “We began speaking concerning the character and what it will imply,” King mentioned. “Then Chris and I labored lots, and it was a thrill as a result of he has nice instincts, nice story instincts.”

The primary episode of And Simply Like That — which debuted Thursday, December 9, on HBO Max — picked up with Carrie (Sarah Jessica Parker) and Massive seemingly happier than ever with all of the drama of SATC far behind them. The 2 shared loads of laughs, and it was clear that they had been nonetheless deeply in love. After a change of plans, they determined to not spend the night time collectively. The recommendation columnist went to a recital whereas Massive stayed dwelling to smoke a cigar and exercise. He had a coronary heart assault after an intense stationary bike journey, and Carrie arrived at dwelling simply moments earlier than her husband stopped respiratory. He died in his spouse’s arms.

Noth was key to concocting Big’s dramatic demise. “Collectively, what we got here up with is precisely how he left and why he left and the way he would go away and what their final moments could be,” the showrunner revealed.

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The Good Spouse actor is even credited with designing Massive and Carrie’s candy last alternate. As she was about to go out the door, she requested her husband what he was taking a look at. “I’m simply taking a look at you,” he mentioned sweetly.

“That was Chris. That’s pure Chris. He simply wished that,” King mentioned of the swoon-worthy second.

Whereas he initially was thrown by the thought of killing Massive, Noth was utterly onboard by the tip.

“Chris was actually happy with the collaboration, and we’re each very pleased with the daring daring option to have Mr. Massive come again and go,” the And Simply Like That creator mentioned.

In a short look on Sirius XM’s Radio Andy on Friday, the Law & Order alum briefly reacted to the surprising conclusion of the premiere episode: “It was marvelous, however I can’t speak about it.”

King, nonetheless, didn’t thoughts telling reporters that Noth was very supportive of the story and even confirmed as much as set on a day he wasn’t working to maintain the lethal twist beneath wraps.

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“He even placed on a swimsuit and got here to the funeral present after we had been taping,” King revealed. “I wrote a pretend scene, and Sarah Jessica and he placed on costumes. He mentioned, ‘You really need me to place a face of make-up on and are available down and shoot a fictional scene at my funeral?’ I am going, ‘Yeah.’ Trigger I actually wished the viewers to be as shocked as potential earlier than we did it, and that was one of many crimson herrings that we threw into the combo. He’s nice, and he’s nice within the present. I imply, should you’re gonna die, that’s the episode to die in.”

And Simply Like That airs new episodes Thursdays on HBO Max.

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