With the Sex and the City reboot And Just Like That… finally on our screens, the highly anticipated series is all anyone can talk about. However, besides the high-stakes drama currently happening on-screen, some of the most shocking news tied to the show happened several months ago, when actor Willie Garson sadly passed away.
Willie Garson, who played Carrie Bradshaw’s BFF Stanford Blatch in the original Sex and the City series and both films, had planned to reprise his role in And Just Like That…, However after filming up to episode three, he made the difficult decision to leave to focus on his health. In September this year, Willie sadly died, aged 57, after a year-long battle with pancreatic cancer.
In a recent interview with Vulture, Sarah Jessica Parker opened up about her co-star and friend, who was set to have his most significant storyline yet before his declining health forced him to leave the show. SJP won’t reveal what exactly that storyline was, in fear of ‘hurting people’s experiences of the story we are now telling,’ however she did share some touching words about her longtime on- and off-screen friend.
‘I knew before we started shooting that Willie was sick,’ Sarah Jessica told Vulture. ‘He asked me to keep that confidential, and I honoured that. It was fraught for me to know that he was sick with that particular, terrifying diagnosis.’
She continued: ‘He intended and wanted to complete the entire season. He had a very significant story line, more so than ever, so it was my fervent hope that he would be able to do it all. And for Willie to have to leave, you knew that it was serious. If Willie could be there and do one more episode or one more scene, he would have done it.
‘But he knew what he needed to do to take care of his son and of himself, and I am so glad that he did that because when he passed away, he wanted to do so in an environment and circumstance that made him feel safe and comfortable.’
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Sarah Jessica also revealed that Willie’s last day on set was filming episode two, ‘Little Black Dress’, which centres on Mr Big’s funeral. ‘What we called for many months “the Black Event” was particularly difficult for me and for all of us. At that point, he shared with his fellow cast that he was sick. That day was excruciating, to be in a fictional world of the loss of a life, but in the real world, of somebody that you knew was sick — that was his last day working with us.’