Alec Baldwin Was the First Choice to Toy With Carrie’s Emotions As Mr. Big on Sex and the City

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Darren Star, the creator of Sex and the City, said that his first pick to play the love of Carrie Bradshaw's life, Mr. Big — or "John" if you prefer — was actually another handsomely suave man: Alec Baldwin. “I was thinking of Alec Baldwin for Big initially," Star told EW. "But I met with Chris Noth and thought he was perfect. I remember the first table read, how good he was." John Corbett, who played furniture hottie Aidan Shaw, was also not Star's first pick. "We initially were thinking about Aidan Quinn for Aidan, but I think he wasn’t available," said Star. "I loved John Corbett in Northern Exposure, and we were like, ‘Well, what’s John Corbett been up to?’ He just had the laconic, dudish vibe. But we kept ‘Aidan’ because we loved the name.” It all worked out: Alec Baldwin went on to do 30 Rock, and Chris Noth stamped himself in our hearts as Mr. Big. He's like the Chrysler Building. Classic.