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apoet29
Aug 1st, 2003, 01:13 AM
Baryshnikov Swoons for "Sex"
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By Josh Grossberg

Sex and the City fans, prepare to be swept off your feet.

Dance master Mikhail Baryshnikov will tango--and tangle--with Sarah Jessica Parker's Carrie Bradshaw, as he makes his TV series debut as Carrie's latest and potentially final flame in the episodes leading up to the finale of HBO's style-making series, HBO announced Wednesday.


Parker, who's an executive producer on Sex, tells the New York Times that she felt Carrie needed to go out with a bang (dating-wise, that is), and apparently the 55-year-old Latvian-born performer had just the right magnetism to brush Mr. Big aside.


"We had to make Big look like a high school sweetheart," Parker tells the Times, regarding Carrie's longtime squeeze, who's been played by Chris Noth since the series' inception in 1998.


So the actress began casting about for potential Mr. Rights and, lo and behold, one morning a thought occurred to her while she was in the shower: Baryshnikov! (We're guessing she's not the first woman to think of Mr. Buns of the Steel while showering.)


She approached "Mischa" (Baryshnikov's affectionate Russian nickname) and lobbied hard for him to come aboard for a "long courtship" with Carrie, despite the fact he had never seen Sex and the City (news - Y! TV)--though as a New Yorker, he was obviously aware of the hit comedy.


After watching a few DVDs of the single-life adventures of Carrie, Samantha, Charlotte and Miranda that Parker sent over, the two hashed out his role in a series of conversations and Baryshnikov finally signed on.


"He is so lovely and so much fun," Parker says in the Times. "He brings passion and star quality and character and myth and legend and skill and talent. I'm over the moon about this."


Baryshnikov is slated to play Alexander Petrovsky, a handsome fiftysomething artist of "extreme importance" from abroad who clashes with Carrie on everything from their age gap (she's 38, he's nearly two decades older) to foreign customs to couture. As Parker puts it, Petrovsky shows Carrie "there's a whole other life out there."


"We thought he might be European," Parker adds. "He has such presence that Carrie gets bigger, too. The scale changes her."


But whether his character's the man to permanently steal her heart in the last eight episodes as the series wraps up its projected 20-episode final season this January will remain an ongoing mystery for now.


"I have to keep the secrets," Parker said. "But this is a really important story line. This is not a short tenure."


Potentially throwing a monkeywrench in the romance will be the presence of X-Files hunk David Duchovny (news), who recently signed on for a stint as a potential Carrie suitor.


Coincidentally, Carrie's attraction to a big-named European star mirrors that of writer Candace Bushnell, whose column and books inspired the HBO series. Bushnell herself married a ballet dancer last year.


For Baryshnikov, who has a daughter with actress Jessica Lange (news), he says the thing that interested him most about the series is its often hilarious sex appeal and depiction of life on the singles circuit.


"I seem to have a tendency to do things that people think I shouldn't do," Baryshnikov tells the Times. "I think it's about time to do something my children can't watch.

Noting that it had been years since he has acted, Baryshnikov says he embraced the part because "it sounded like fun."

Born in Latvia to Russian parents, the former ballet star hasn't been in front of the camera in over a decade.

He scored an Oscar nomination for Best Actor in his film debut as a dancer opposite Shirley MacLaine (news) in 1977's musical drama The Turning Point. His next notable role came as a defecting Soviet dancer in the 1985 Cold War drama White Nights. His last stint on the big screen was in 1991's little-seen Company Business.

Baryshnikov's Petrovsky will first be introduced as a "teaser" around episode 11 or 12. The episode, in which the two cross paths in an art gallery, is shooting now before the cast takes a six-week hiatus in August.

His character will then lift Carrie off her feet in the final eight episodes when filming resumes in October. Those episodes will air in January and conclude the series' run.

Rocketta
Aug 1st, 2003, 01:21 AM
Yeah but what does he look like now?

*Prays the put her with Mr. Big! :angel:

Actually, Its too late to get the public to truly care about a new beau for Carey. If they rush her with with this new guy I just don't know? I also heard she was suppose to date David Duchovany as well.

decemberlove
Aug 1st, 2003, 04:04 AM
i liked jack :(

they were cute together. insecure asshole.

Rocketta
Aug 1st, 2003, 04:06 AM
ewwww, I hated Jack! He was not cute in the least (although Carrie isn't either ;) ). Then his personality stunk for the most part. I'm glad he's gone. :bounce: :bounce:

decemberlove
Aug 1st, 2003, 04:09 AM
aidan was my real favorite. anyone but that awful big. ewwy.

my love for jack comes from office space.

Rocketta
Aug 1st, 2003, 04:11 AM
aidan was my real favorite. anyone but that awful big. ewwy.

my love for jack comes from office space.

Yeah Aidan was alright. I would've never taken Carrie back though! :mad:

I like Big cause he's shallow just like Carrie. :)

doloresc
Aug 1st, 2003, 12:44 PM
I like Big cause he's shallow just like Carrie. :)

exactly! they deserve each other. ha-ha. i read that baryshnikov was cast to mirror the creator candace bushnell's real life. she married an older russian man last year. i still think carrie ends up with that lug big.

i liked jack as well but those are type of men that carrie tramples on.

aidan was too good, too secure for carrie.

Rocketta
Aug 1st, 2003, 04:05 PM
exactly! they deserve each other. ha-ha. i read that baryshnikov was cast to mirror the creator candace bushnell's real life. she married an older russian man last year. i still think carrie ends up with that lug big.

i liked jack as well but those are type of men that carrie tramples on.

aidan was too good, too secure for carrie.

Aiden was too giving and didn't make Carrie work for it that's why she walked all over him.

Berger was just too crazy if you ask me. He was one of those guys when times are good he seems sane but the minute stuff goes wrong his craziness starts popping out!

I think Big took Carrie for granted and probably married the other girl cause she was the first one who made him wait for sex or something and he had to conquer her. As soon as he did he didn't want her anymore.

doloresc
Aug 1st, 2003, 06:47 PM
Aiden was too giving and didn't make Carrie work for it that's why she walked all over him.

Berger was just too crazy if you ask me. He was one of those guys when times are good he seems sane but the minute stuff goes wrong his craziness starts popping out!

I think Big took Carrie for granted and probably married the other girl cause she was the first one who made him wait for sex or something and he had to conquer her. As soon as he did he didn't want her anymore.

rocketta, you make good points but ultimately carrie and big will end up together because he's just as vapid and self-centered as she is. aidan was too good for her and carrie knew it but her shallowness won out in the end because he was actually too patient and accomodating with her, and she didn't sincerely appreciate it. in fact, she saw it as a weakness which is why carrie thrives on the mental torment she receives from big.

decemberlove
Aug 1st, 2003, 06:50 PM
carrie thrives on the mental torment she receives from big.

it seems most people like that kind of torment. when something is easy to get, they dont want it. when its hard to get, they want it. rarely does it ever seem like an even relationship.

doloresc
Aug 1st, 2003, 06:59 PM
it seems most people like that kind of torment. when something is easy to get, they dont want it. when its hard to get, they want it. rarely does it ever seem like an even relationship.

absolutely! luckily i am not one of those people. ha-ha i divorced my husband for the very reason that he stopped being an active participant in our marriage. carrie wouldn't do that with big. she'd only leave him if became too much like aidan. she only feels he cares about her when he mistreats her. not that she would tolerate physical abuse but the mental torture keeps her interested and is is the ultimately indicator to her that big needs her. aidan wanted to take care of her and she would not have any part of it. i understand why carrie would be turned off by that but she doesn't do well alone and aidan would alleviate a lot of the stress and anxiety in her life. big brings the exact opposite but carrie feeds into that and that's why big is #1 in her book.

Rocketta
Aug 1st, 2003, 07:39 PM
absolutely! luckily i am not one of those people. ha-ha i divorced my husband for the very reason that he stopped being an active participant in our marriage. carrie wouldn't do that with big. she'd only leave him if became too much like aidan. she only feels he cares about her when he mistreats her. not that she would tolerate physical abuse but the mental torture keeps her interested and is is the ultimately indicator to her that big needs her. aidan wanted to take care of her and she would not have any part of it. i understand why carrie would be turned off by that but she doesn't do well alone and aidan would alleviate a lot of the stress and anxiety in her life. big brings the exact opposite but carrie feeds into that and that's why big is #1 in her book.

Ohh reading this makes me think Carrie might need a good psychiatrist! LOL

I do agree Aiden was too easy. Carrie got no thrill out of the relationship. They didn't like the same things as well. What was that whole country thing about? I think in the end Carrie realized she would have to "fake" too much stuff to truly be happy with Aiden. Now Big, he's going to be off doing his thing and Carrie will be able to do hers and then they meet in the middle sometime. I think that's what Carrie needs. A man who is distant enough to leave her with a challenge and who has enough money to deal with her Dolce & Gabbana (Is that how you spell it?) addiction. :)