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DIRTY DANCING LEGEND Patrick Swayze "couldn't dirty dance" reveals a Dirty Dancing producer in a new interview. And his fury with co-star Jennifer Gray on set was actually the secret to one of the film's most iconic scenes.

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Patrick Swayze was a superbly accomplished dancer. Trained since childhood by his mother, he was a ballet star before he broke into acting. But after a mixed experience on the cheesy 1979 roller-disco film flop Skatetown USA, he swore he would never dance on screen again. He almost turned down Dirty Dancing because of it but, ironically, when he started to rehearse, they discovered he "couldn't dirty dance." Meanwhile, tensions grew with Gray and their co-stars remember "lots of talks about them not getting along."

A new documentary, Patrick Swayze: The Demons and the Dance, delved into the backstory of one of the most beloved films of all time.

Swayze himself said: "I read the script for Dirty Dancing one evening. Right away it filled me with emotion but not the kind it was supposed to. I didn’t like it. In the eight years that had passed since Skatetown I had avoided roles that involved dancing or had any kind of teen idol flavour. Now with Dirty Dancing I had a choice, should I stick to my guns.. or was this a different kind of movie that would allow me to dance and also stretch me as an actor?"

His wife and fellow dancer, Lisa Niemi, helped him decide to take the risk but the entire shoot proved far more challenging than Swayze could have imagined.

READ MORE: Patrick Swayze: The horrific hidden pain he battled every day on Dirty Dancing

Dirty Dancing: Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey clashed (Image: GETTY)

Dirty Dancing: Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Gray on set (Image: FS )

Dirty Dancing producer Linda Gottlieb said: "Patrick had classical ballet training and he actually did not know how to do dirty dancing at all. I remember vividly the choreographer Kenny Ortega standing there saying 'No Patrick! Relax the hips.' He had to unlearn years of technique that his mother had trained him in as a ballet dancer."

Word also soon spread of problems between the two leads, who had clashed previously on the film Red Dawn.

Gottlieb added: "It was after we had cast both of them that I began to hear rumours of trouble on the set of Red Dawn. I thought, ‘Oh my God, what are we in for? What can we do?'"

Lonny Price, who played the sleazy Neil Kellerman, son of the holiday park’s owner, said: “When I first got to the set there was a lot of talks about them not getting along.

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    Extraordinarily, although it drove Swayze crazy, his difficult relationship with Gray became the secret ingredient that made so many scenes so memorable. Some of their real irritations were even left in the finished film.

    Gottlieb said: "Patrick and Jennifer were fundamentally different. Jennifer was in a way babyish. She was 27 years old but she was all emotion, she was all loose ends... He felt like she was a wimp. She was genuine, naïve; you would do a take eight times and Jennifer would do it differently every time. Patrick was a pro; he would deliver the same thing again and again. She would cry easily, she was emotional and he sort of made fun of her. He was a macho guy.

    "The other bone of contention between Jennifer and Patrick was that he insisted on doing all his own stunts. And Jennifer was basically afraid but Patrick was a wild man. It was a sign of his being macho. Nobody could do his stunts, it was absolutely non-negotiable. One of them feared nothing, one of them feared everything."

    Patrick Swayze: Actors on 'tension' with Jennifer Grey

    Swayze, who died in 2009, wrote in his autobiography, The Time of My Life: "She seemed particularly emotional, sometimes bursting into tears if someone criticized her. Other times, she slipped into silly moods, forcing us to do scenes over and over again when she’d start laughing... I didn’t have a whole lot of patience for doing multiple retakes."

    This was used to fantastic effect in the rehearsal montage to the song Hungry Eyes. Gray's constant giggling "ruined" multiple takes as Swayze's irritation grew.

    Gottlieb said: "They were doing the scene in which they are standing together and he is running his finger down the side of her arm and he did it and she burst out laughing. It tickled her. And Patrick was pissed off. It’s one of the best known and best-loved sequences in the film, which really came from the clash in their personalities."


    Jennifer refused to do another one of the classic scenes where Johnny teaches Baby to dance on a log lying across a small ravine. Patrick fell off a few times and then his troubled knee swelled up so much he had to be taken to hospital to have fluid drained out. 

    In fact, an old injury caused the star considerable crippling pain throughout much of the shoot.

    Swayze said: "Because most of the cartilage in my knee was gone, the bones were just grinding painfully on each other. And despite the fact that Jennifer was very light, when you’re lifting someone in water, even the skinniest little girl can feel like 500 pounds. "

    Patrick Swayze: The Demons and the Dance is available on Channel 5 Catch Up.

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      Things to Know About Dirty Dancing – Before The Real Dirty Dancing Premieres!

      In 1987 a low-budget, semi-autobiographical, well cast, and very well sound-tracked movie premiered. It starred Patrick Swayze, an actor/dancer/martial artist on the rise, and featured so many iconic moments and songs that people are still talking about them over 30 years later. That movie was Dirty Dancing, and this February, FOX is honoring the movie’s enduring legacy with a special four-week event series – The Real Dirty Dancing. 

      In this series, a group of celebrities will not only learn the dances from the movie and perform them in competition, they’ll also live at the hotel where much of the movie was filmed (Mountain Lake Lodge in Pembroke, VA). They’ll be immersed in a total “Dirty Dancing” experience – and viewers at home will get to experience it all with them.  

      But before The Real Dirty Dancing premieres (February 1st at 9pm PT), let’s take a few moments to remind ourselves why the original 80’s film was so popular, and why its influence continues to this day. 

      How It Began

      Dirty Dancing was filmed in 1986. It starred Patrick Swayze as Johnny Castle and Jennifer Grey as Frances “Baby” Houseman. Jerry Orbach, Cynthia Rhodes, and Kelly Bishop co-starred. The screenplay was written by Eleanor Bergstein, based in-part on her own experiences growing up as the daughter of a doctor who took his family to the Catskills in the summers. Not only was her nickname Baby, she also competed in “dirty dancing” competitions. 

      Emile Andolino directed the film, and Kenny Ortega – a student of Gene Kelly – created the choreography. Though the story was set in the 1960’s Catskills, it was actually filmed in Lake Lune, North Carolina (at a former Boy Scout camp) and Mountain Lake, Virginia. Mainly because the majority of resorts in the Catskills had closed down by the 80s.  

      A Troubled Production

      Filming lasted only 43 days. The actors had two weeks of rehearsal beforehand, but it was a low-budget production so only so much time could be spent teaching the actors their dances and lines. There was an end of summer heat wave during the start of the production, with temperatures reaching over 100 degrees daily. Many actors succumbed to dehydration and heat stroke, and some even had to be taken to the hospital for treatment. This caused delays that pushed filming into autumn, when the water temperatures dropped to below 40 degrees and the actors had to suffer all over again. 

      They managed to pull through, however, and the film was edited, viewed, hated, edited again, viewed again, enjoyed, and finally premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in May of 1987. It was released into theaters in the US in August of 1987 and quickly gained an enthusiastic audience. 

      Small Film Hits Big

      Dirty Dancing cost around $4. 5 million to produce, and earned over $214 million worldwide. Audiences adored the story of the young woman discovering herself and the dance instructor finding acceptance and love. When the film left theaters and became available on home video it lost none of its momentum. Dirty Dancing was the top rental of 1988, and was the first movie to sell over a million copies on video tape. 

      Audiences weren’t the only ones who loved the movie. It was nominated for “Best Motion Picture-Musical or Comedy”, as well as “Best Actor” and “Best Actress”, at the 45th Golden Globe Awards. Director Emile Ardolino won “Best First Feature” at the Independent Spirit Awards, and the soundtrack swept up most “Best Original Song” statues. 

      To this day, Dirty Dancing is still winning accolades from fans, critics, and film societies. The finale dance was awarded “Movie Dance Sequence You Re-enacted in Your Living Room” at the 2008 TV Land Awards, and the American Film Institute (AFI) included the movie on multiple Top Films lists, including “100 Years, 100 Passions”, “100 Years, 100 Songs” (“(I Had) The Time of My Life”), and “100 Years, 100 Movie Quotes” (“Nobody puts Baby in a corner. ”). 

      Seeking Perfect Cast

      In all respects, Dirty Dancing was the little film that could. But why did it strike such a cord with audiences? And why are we still talking about it and referencing it and watching it today? It probably starts with the cast. Emile Ardolino wanted real dancers for his movie (unlike similar film Flashdance that used some body doubles). That meant the stars who would play Johnny, Baby, and Penny (Johnny’s original dance partner) had to have more than a few acting credits in their resumes. 

      Cynthia Rhodes, who played Penny, was the first person hired for the film. She began her career as a singer and dancer at Opryland USA, then appeared as a dancer in Richard Marx’s “Don’t Mean Nothing” video, as well as Toto’s “Rosana” video (where she worked with Patrick Swayze). She had shown off her acting as well as dancing skills in Staying Alive, the 1983 sequel to Saturday Night Fever, and in Flashdance (she did not require a body double like some of the other actors). She was basically perfect for the Penny role. 

      Casting the two leads did not go quite as smoothly. Patrick Swayze was a star on the rise, who began his film career in 1979’s Skatetown USA as a roller-disco competitor, and had gone on to star in some of the biggest films of the early 80s, including The Outsiders and Red Dawn. He was a formally-trained dancer who also studied ice skating and martial arts. He’d been on Broadway (as Danny Zuko in Grease) and was able to perform many of his own stunts. Even though he was 34 years old at the time – and the Johnny character was around 24/25 – he was hired for the part. And then things got complicated. 

      Swazye had starred with Jennifer Grey in 1984’s Red Dawn, a coming of age/post-apocalypse/action/drama. And she hadn’t liked him. The animosity was so great, in fact, that she had no interest in appearing in another movie with Swayze. But Grey also had a background in dance and theater, and Swayze thought she was an excellent choice for Baby. It took some convincing to get her to agree to a screen test, which blew everyone out of the water with the intense chemistry between the actors. She ended up hired for the role (she was 26 at the time, but seemed convincing as an 18/19 year old), and eventually the actors were able to perform as needed for a couple falling in love. 

      Recognize Those Songs

      The talented cast wasn’t the only thing Dirty Dancing had going for it, of course. It also had an amazing soundtrack. A soundtrack so popular, when it was released in 1987 it went on to sell 32 million copies worldwide. It spent 18 weeks at the top of the US Billboard 200 charts, was certified Platinum eleven times, became the all-time best-selling album in Germany, and, to this day, is one of the best-selling albums of all time in the US. It spawned two follow-up albums – More Dirty Dancing (1988) and Ultimate Dirty Dancing (2003) – and won countless awards. 

      Original song “(I’ve Had) the Time of My Life” won the Oscar for “Best Original Song”, Golden Globe for “Best Original Song-Motion Picture”, and the Grammy for “Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals” (for Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes). It was also nominated for the “Best Song Written Specifically for a Motion Picture or Television” Grammy. Though it didn’t win as many accolades, “She’s Like the Wind”, written and sung by Patrick Swayze (originally for a different film), was also a fan favorite. 

      Extended Universe

      Though it wasn’t asuper common to build franchises out of popular films back in the 80s, Dirty Dancing was beloved enough for a whole universe to form around it. In 1988 the Dirty Dancing Concert Tour visited 90 cities across the US in three months. The short-lived television series sequel to the movie, starring Malora Hardin as Baby and Patrick Cassidy as Johnny, ran from 1988 to 1989. In 2004, Dirty Dancing: The Classic Story on Stage began running in Europe, and Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights, a sort-of prequel to the film, premiered in theaters. Havana Nights starred Diego Luna and Romola Garai as the main couple, whose characters had no connection to the characters from the first film. Patrick Swayze appeared as a dance instructor in the movie, though he had previously refused to do a sequel, even when offered $6 million for it. 

      The WE: Women’s Entertainment channel produced a reality dance-competition series, Dirty Dancing: Living the Dream, in 2006. It ran for only eight episodes and one season. British dance-competition series Dirty Dancing: The Time of Your Life proved more popular. Created for the 20th anniversary of the film, the series was filmed at Mountain Lake Lodge (the setting of Kellerman’s Hotel in the movie) and had enough of an audience to run for two seasons. Miranda Garrison, assistant choreographer for the original movie, appeared as one of the judges. 

      A New York stage production of Dirty Dancing: The Classic Story on Stage began a North American run in Canada during 2007. It moved to the US in 2008 and appeared in 31 cities. In 2014 it returned with an Australian and European tour, then made its way back to North America. It returned again with a new production on Broadway in 2017. 

      In 2010, Funny or Die released a two minute spoof trailer for Dirty Dancing 3: Capoeira Nights, starring Camilla Bell and Jesse Williams as lovers who learn to dance fight – and kick each other in the face. This was followed in 2017 by ABC’s television musical remake of Dirty Dancing, starring Abigail Breslin as Baby and Colt Prattes as Johnny. Billy Dee Williams, Katey Sagal, Debra Messing, and Nicole Scherzinger also appeared. Classic songs and a good cast did not save the production from mostly negative reviews. 

      No matter how much time has passed, the legacy of Dirty Dancing continues. In 2020, Jennifer Grey was in early talks to reprise her role of Baby in a sequel to the original movie (sadly, Patrick Swazye passed away in 2009 so cannot appear in any new films). And in February 2022, FOX will debut its own dance-competition series based on the songs, dances, and scenes that audiences continue to love.  

      Hosted by Stephen “tWich” Boss, former contestant/judge/and All-Star from So You Think You Can Dance, and featuring celebrity competitors such as WWE Hall of Fame inductee and Smackdown star Brie Bella, Culinary Hall of Fame inductee and television host Cat Cora, Backstreet Boy Howie Dorough, and former MADtv cast member Anjelah Johnson-Reyes, The Real Dirty Dancing promises iconic dances, surprise guest judges, fantastic music, and moments just as memorable as the original film. 

      Viewers can tune in Tuesdays at 9pm from February 1st to February 22nd and be transported back to the 80s, when Johnny Castle and Baby Houseman first met over a watermelon, and pop culture history was born. 

      Dirty Dancing star Patrick Swayze died of cancer 10 years ago

      Dirty Dancing star Patrick Swayze passed away exactly ten years ago, on September 14, 2009. "Gazeta.Ru" tells about the career and fate of an actor who clung to life with all his might, fighting cancer.

      American actor, dancer, singer and songwriter Patrick Swayze was born in Texas and has been involved in sports and art since childhood. He simultaneously trained in figure skating, ballet, and also acted in school plays and the football team. At the same time, the versatile child was fond of martial arts - wushu, taekwondo and aikido. However, a knee injury prompted Swayze to leave serious sports, and he turned his attention to creativity. At 19In 72, the future artist moved to New York, where he studied at the Harkness Ballet and Joffrey Ballet ballet schools.


      Still from The Ghost (1990) 1985 Jennifer Gray and Patrick Swayze. Still from the film "Dirty Dancing" (1987) Still from the film "Ghost" (1990) Keanu Reeves and Patrick Swayze. A still from the film "Point Break" (1991)

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      View photo professions. He made his film debut at 19.79, starring in the movie Skatetown. In parallel with the development of acting courses, despite the injury, Swayze was the lead dancer in the prestigious Elliot Feld Dance Company. His next film work was Red Dawn by John Millius in 1984.

      The actor became famous thanks to his roles in such films as "Dirty Dancing" , "Ghost" , "Road House" , "Point Break" and others. In addition, Swayze acted as a producer and composer in several tapes.

      The actor has appeared in dozens of films and TV shows and played a large number of theatrical roles, but he is best known for his role as dance instructor Johnny Castle in the film Dirty Dancing.

      The film, which is about a 1960s romance between a couple at a resort, went against the expectations of critics, earning both actors Golden Globe nominations. For the soundtrack to the tape, Swayze sang the song "She's Like the Wind", and his famous phrase "No one will corner Baby" was included in the hundred most famous lines in the history of American cinema.

      It is curious that the actor himself was not satisfied with the ending of the picture, which he considered illogical.

      "I always felt that Johnny should end up with dancer Penny, because they are from the same circle, and such a union is more realistic than Johnny and Baby," Swayze believed.

      Two decades later, Dirty Dancing, which also featured the Oscar-winning song "The Time of My Life," remains very popular and is shown frequently on television in the US.

      The second truly stellar role for Swayze was the role in the melodrama "Ghost", where he played with Demi Moore and Whoopi Goldberg. The film was a huge box office success, as well as an Oscar nomination in the Best Picture category.

      “Patrick had to work hard to be taken seriously in Hollywood. There was something very rough about him, but at the same time - a beautiful, gentle, sensual manner of playing, ”said Moore after the death of the actor.

      In Point Break, Swayze shared the set with Keanu Reeves. After this film, the actor's popularity began to fall: for many, he remained a hostage to one role - Johnny Castle. In 2004, the actor played a cameo role in the film Dirty Dancing 2: Havana Nights, for which he received a record fee of $5 million.

      The only love in Swayze's life was his ballet classmate Lisa Niemi. In the future, she became the wife and main muse of the artist, to whom he dedicated the song "She's Like The Wind", which became the soundtrack of "Dirty Dancing".

      In 1990 Niemi suffered a miscarriage resulting in infertility. The actor supported his wife, saying that together they will cope with all the failures. To drown out the worries, the couple began to breed horses on their own ranch. However, the idyll did not last long: upset by the failures in several projects, Swayze became addicted to alcohol. Being in a state of intoxication, he ceased to be like himself. Later, relatives were able to convince the uncontrollable actor to undergo treatment in a rehabilitation clinic.

      “There is no perfect relationship, you just don't give up. And of course there are bad times. But I would be with Patrick a million more times if I could,” said Swayze’s wife.

      However, the 55-year-old actor was diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer. Upon learning of the diagnosis, Swayze began to work actively: he wrote memoirs and starred in many projects.

      After suffering pneumonia in January 2009, metastases were found in Swayze's liver. He passed away in Los Angeles on September 14, 2009.th.

      “I thought that during the 22 months of my husband's illness, I had time to get used to the idea that I would lose him. But when I really got to that point, I realized it's not the same at all," Niemi said.

      She was married to her husband for 34 years and fell into a deep depression after his death. For a long time, the actor's widow thought that she would not be able to marry a second time, but in 2014 she met a new lover.

      Patrick Swayze.

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      Culture, Information, Patrick Swayze

      A year ago, on September 14, 2009, Patrick Swayze, an American actor who played the leading roles in the films "Dirty Dancing" and "Ghost", died.

      Patrick Swayze was born in Houston (Texas, USA) on August 18, 1952 years old Since childhood, he has been professionally dancing under the guidance of his mother, the famous choreographer Patsy Swayze. In addition to dancing, he swam, went to the gym and played football. Despite his excellent physical data, Patrick was never a bully, rather, on the contrary - at school he was considered a "mummy's boy" and was often beaten - until he began to practice martial arts. Martial arts raised Patrick's status both in college and on the street.

      Swayze dreamed of becoming a professional ballet dancer, but a knee injury while playing football prevented him from dancing.

      Swayze was literally crushed by what had happened. After all, he is a born dancer, and, in fact, he could not do anything else. His mother helped him: she reminded him that as a boy, Patrick starred in TV shows. And soon he was lucky: Swayze was invited to star in the TV movie "North and South" - in the role of a young man who grew up on the plantations of the South and became a general in the Confederate army.

      Patrick did an excellent job with the role and was noticed.

      "Renegades", "North and South", "The Bible, Parts I and II" - these television series, released in the years 1979-1980, made the name of Swayze famous. This was followed by the films "Outsiders" (1983), "Red Dawn" (1984), "Young Blood" (1986).

      The first success of the novice actor was the sensational film "Dirty Dancing" (1987), where Swayze acted as a professional dancer entertaining wealthy tourists. In this film, Patrick was able not only to show himself as a great dancer, but also revealed his talent as an actor. After the tremendous success of the film, offers to act in films literally rained down on him.

      In 1989, Patrick starred in two successful films at once: Road House and Next of Kin. 1990 was marked by the release of the film "Ghost", where Swayze played a major role along with Demi Moore and Whoopi Goldberg. This film brought the young actor the status of a Hollywood star and opened all the "doors" in the world of cinema for him.

      After that, Swayze starred in many films, the most famous of which are "Point Break" (1991), "Desperate Dad" (1993), "Letters of a Killer" (1998), "Donnie Darko" (2001), "Dirty Dancing" 2: Hawaiian Nights" (2004) etc.

      During his career, Patrick Swayze was nominated three times for the Golden Globe Awards, the second most important in the United States. He never managed to win the Oscar gold statuette, but he led others to the possession of the highest cinematic award: the famous Whoopi Goldberg considers herself indebted to Swayze for the fact that she received the Oscar in the nomination "Supporting Actress" in the film " Casting", where Swayze played a major role.

      In early 2008, the actor was diagnosed with a terrible diagnosis - inoperable pancreatic cancer. Despite the terminal illness, the actor continued to work: he wrote memoirs and starred in the series "The Beast" (The Beast) on the A&E channel. In 2009In 1999, the first 13 episodes of this film were released to the screen, gathering almost a million and a half audience, which is considered a very good indicator for a series in the United States.

      When filming, Swayze chose not to take painkillers so that they would not interfere with his, as he said, to give all his best on the set.

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