Sex and The City show-runners spill the beans on the 'vile' and 'horrifying' scenes they had to cut out
The HBO series was known for its controversial portrayal of women and their sexuality and finally on its 20th anniversary, creators discuss how vile things got sometimes
When it comes to the raunchy, controversial and extremely sensational HBO series Sex and The City, pretty much nothing is off limits. From women owning their sexuality to them going beyond their ways to keep their men happy - especially in the bedroom - Sex and The City had always been sort of a been there, done that scenario.
Yet apparently, there were certain times when the show went so far on the vile, raunch-o-meter that the scenes just didn't make the cut.
Speaking to Vanity Fair to mark the 20th anniversary of the legendary show, its creators mention the only two times such a situation arose. And one of them is just bound to make every SATC connoiseur go, "WTF!?"
According to the show's creator, Darren Star, the said 'horrifying' scene that underwent the first ever scene cut, happened in the first season only, in an episode titled, The Monogamists, in which Charlotte - one of the main four leads - dates a guy who is all about oral sex.
"He basically was always pushing her head down to give him oral sex. And he had this golden retriever who was always around," Star explained to the outlet.
"In the final scene, she basically let him have it about being offended by his insistence on just wanting a blow job. She accused him of only liking her for that and kind of stormed out. And then she walked back in and saw that his golden retriever was going down on him."
One of the writers for the show, Amy B. Harris, also mentioned how mortified she still is by the fact that they even went ahead to shoot the evidently grossing-out scene. "It’s sort of horrifying that we shot that. We shot him putting peanut butter on his penis, and Charlotte walks back in like, 'Oh, I’m being unreasonable,' and then she sees that," she added. "I can’t believe we even thought about doing it."
Speaking of the other instance of a scene being cut, they mentioned the season three episode titled Attack of the Five-Foot-Ten Woman.
The episode shows Miranda's cleaning lady, Magda, accidentally stumbling across her "goodie drawer" - aka where she stored her sexy-toys in, and the conservative lady deciding to replace Miranda's vibrator with a statue of the Virgin Mary.
Things only get even more scandalous once Miranda confronts her, as she then later comes home to a pile of condoms displayed and panned out on her bedside table. But the series' show-runner, Michael Patrick King, said that wasn't all as per their original plan of executing the scene.
"That was an adjusted shot, because originally she had positioned the Blessed Mary to be looking over the condoms," he said. "People were like, 'That’s too far!' So we took Mary out."
Well - it's clear - there is, after all, something called "going too far" even in the Sex and The City dictionary!