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Mr. Big turns Mr. Bad

Playing a politician brought down by a sex and corruption scandal on “The Good Wife” has given Chris Noth some new insight.

Playing a politician brought down by a sex and corruption scandal on “The Good Wife” has given Chris Noth some new insight.

“A really good politician doesn’t have much of a chance, unless he’s a f—ing saint. And nobody’s a saint,” Noth says. “John F. Kennedy would never be president today.”

And he’s got a few theories as to how things got to be the way they are. Here’s a hint: “Tabloids aren’t helping.”

“It’s all so mundane now. You know, what shoes they’re wearing. ‘Look, stars pick up dog poop!’ Whatever these magazines are,” he says. “They’ve so dumbed our country down that look where we are politically. But that’s a world and a global phenomenon. And I think what people are doing is missing out on their lives by tuning into this fake celebrity s—. I’m always astounded, why people want things like pictures.”

As for that other little series he did, Noth claims “Sex and the City” “ruined” New York. “I’ve never understood that phenomenon,” he says of the show’s popularity. “I did a show that obviously had some kind of intense impact about this character that I played, that relationship with Carrie. But it’s a fantasy. Come on, look at the apartment she had.”

The blame game

While Chris Noth’s character in “The Good Wife” is a confirmed philanderer, he doesn’t think it necessarily makes him “The Bad Husband” — or at least shouldn’t bear sole responsibility for his marital difficulties. “Whatever reasons that he strayed also are in that union, that marriage,” Noth says. “It’s his fault for doing that, maybe, but how did it start? We don’t know, we haven’t explored that. What’s missing in that to make him go do that? That hasn’t been explored, and it may or may not be. But I wouldn’t put much emphasis on the words ‘good’ or ‘bad.’”

 
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