Accompanying Carrie, Samantha, Charlotte and Miranda on many of their journeys are the various men who’ve come in and out of their lives—after all, what is Sex and the City without, well, sex. In New Line Cinema’s eagerly awaited sequel Sex and the City 2, these gentlemen also make their grand return—led by Mr. Big (Chris Noth), Steve (David Eigenberg), Harry (Evan Handler), Smith (Jason Lewis) and Aidan (John Corbett).
Carrie’s (Sarah Jessica Parker) writing has depended equally upon the women and men in her life to keep it both racy and relevant. However, no man has had a bigger impact on Carrie than her on-again, off-again boyfriend, friend, lover and, at long last, husband...Mr. Big. Or, as we now know him, John James Preston. When we last saw him, Big was finally able to say "I do," proving to Carrie that to him she was, indeed, the one.
Now, approaching their second anniversary, the couple is still trying to agree on their own unique definition of marriage. "This movie’s a wonderful example of where it’s possible to go, because a relationship doesn’t end with the wedding, or the party and laughs afterward," Chris Noth comments. "There is the next day, the next series of moments between people, the next series of challenges. You have a life together and all the ups and downs of that, and that’s what we deal with in this film. Once you get what you think you’ve wanted for so long, what happens then? There’s a whole new set of questions. It’s always a work in progress."
On the opposite end of the spectrum, Miranda (Cynthia Nixon) and Steve’s marriage, having come through the turmoil of his one-time infidelity, couldn’t be on firmer ground. "Miranda and Steve are very real, very honest with each other," David Eigenberg says. "They’re down to brass tacks; they understand that you have to finesse the relationship a little and they are supportive of one another, but they don’t manipulate each other. They just say what they need and they’ve learned how to compromise. It’s a very real relationship."
While Charlotte (Kristin Davis) and Harry also have a very solid marriage, for the first time, Charlotte begins to have doubts about her loyal husband. Evan Handler explains, "Charlotte has hired a wonderful young Irish woman to help take care of their children. This woman also happens to be extremely gorgeous and has never worn a bra in her life. This causes Samantha to question why Charlotte would bring such temptation into their home, leading to suspicions that had never occurred to Charlotte before. The movie poses the question of whether Harry has become untrustworthy, or whether Charlotte has grown paranoid."
One character who has vowed never to be tied down again is Samantha (Kim Cattrall)...though she’s not opposed to possibly being tied up by former boyfriend Smith Jerrod. In New York for the premiere of his newest film, Smith invites his former flame and her friends to the big event.
Meanwhile, halfway around the world, Carrie runs into her past. Like a true desert mirage, in the middle of the Abu Dhabi marketplace and in the midst of confused feelings about her marriage, Carrie sees...Aidan.
"When he sees her, his first thought is, ’Wow, how beautiful is she?’ and how happy he is to see her," John Corbett says. "When you’re out of town, in a city where you don’t know other people, he thinks, ’What’s the harm in two old friends having dinner?’ There is so much history and unresolved feelings between them that he just can’t resist."
"These women would be spinning in a false reality if there weren’t worthwhile men they were trying to build their lives around," director Michael Patrick King grins. "So the guys are really important. It’s always been about the four friends, the girls, but their lives wouldn’t have evolved if the audience wasn’t somehow believing in and relating to the men that they chose. John as Aidan Shaw, Chris as Mr. Big...it’s been part of my great joy over the years to write the parts of these somewhat silent heroes."
Opening across the Philippines on June 2, Sex and the City 2 is distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures in association with New Line Cinema.