Have you ever wondered if the on-screen chemistry between Jennifer Grey and Patrick Swayze in the movie “Dirty Dancing” was as real as it seemed? Well, wonder no more! In her new memoir, “Out of the Corner,” Grey finally sets the record straight and gives us a glimpse into their relationship. Let’s dive deeper into this captivating story.
Jennifer Grey’s Initial Dislike for Patrick Swayze’s Pranks
Before the iconic “Dirty Dancing” came into existence, Grey and Swayze actually worked together on another film called “Red Dawn.” Surprisingly, Grey didn’t really enjoy Swayze’s playful pranks at the time. In an interview on The View, she revealed, “Patrick was always playing pranks on me and everybody. It was all in good fun, but I just couldn’t handle it. I remember thinking, ‘Enough is enough with this guy.’”
To her surprise, fate brought them together once again for “Dirty Dancing.” Initially, Grey wasn’t too thrilled about it. However, everything changed after their first screen test. Swayze pulled her aside and sincerely apologized for his behavior. Grey recalls, “He looked into my eyes and said, ‘I love you, I love you, and I’m truly sorry. I know you weren’t excited about working with me on this movie.’”
This heartfelt apology touched Grey’s heart and made her see Swayze in a different light. She decided to give it a chance, and little did she know that their on-screen chemistry would be something truly magical. Grey describes their first dance scene, saying, “As soon as he took me in his arms, I knew. I had found my perfect dancing partner. There was no one else like him.”
Jennifer Grey Reflects on Her ‘Tension’ with Patrick Swayze
In her autobiography, Grey opens up about the complex relationship she shared with Swayze during the making of “Dirty Dancing.” They weren’t exactly a match made in heaven, which created some tension between them. However, they had to put their differences aside and find common ground for the sake of the film.
Reflecting on their dynamic, Grey expresses regret for not fully appreciating who Swayze was at the time. She writes, “Looking back, I wish I had embraced him for who he truly was, instead of trying to mold him into someone else.” Despite their differences, Grey acknowledges Swayze’s support and undeniable talent, especially during the challenging dance scenes. She describes him as strong, protective, and incredibly dedicated to his craft. And of course, she couldn’t resist mentioning how amazing he smelled and how nice his skin was.
Looking Ahead: A Sequel to ‘Dirty Dancing’
Exciting news for all you die-hard “Dirty Dancing” fans out there! Lionsgate has confirmed that a sequel to the beloved film is in the works. Even better, Jennifer Grey will be reprising her role as Baby, and the project will be directed by Jonathan Levine. Levine couldn’t contain his excitement, stating, “Being able to direct the sequel to one of my favorite films is a dream come true.”
The filmmakers have big plans to honor the magic of the original film while also exploring new storylines and incorporating ’90s hip-hop music. They are also in discussions with Swayze’s estate to find the perfect way to pay tribute to his presence in the sequel.
However, Grey wants to make it clear that they have no intentions of replacing Swayze. She emphatically states, “There will never be anyone who can replace Patrick. He was irreplaceable. We will always cherish his memory and strive to create something new and special.”
With Grey on board and a promise to approach the sequel with love and respect, fans can eagerly anticipate a nostalgic and fresh take on the enchanting world of “Dirty Dancing”.