For fans of the iconic movie Dirty Dancing, there has always been speculation about the real relationship between Jennifer Grey and Patrick Swayze during filming. Recently, Grey released her memoir, Out of the Corner, where she finally set the record straight about their connection. Let’s dive deeper into what she revealed.
Jennifer Grey’s Initial Dislike for Patrick Swayze’s Pranks
Before Dirty Dancing, Grey and Swayze worked together on the film Red Dawn. Back then, Grey wasn’t a fan of Swayze’s playful pranks. In an interview on The View, Grey admitted, “Patrick was playing pranks on me and everybody. It was just macho, and I just couldn’t take it. It was like, ‘Please, this guy, that’s enough with him.’”
So, when Grey found out that Swayze would be starring alongside her in Dirty Dancing, she wasn’t thrilled. However, everything changed after their first screen test together. Swayze pulled her aside and sincerely apologized. Grey recalls, “He said to me, ‘I love you, I love you, and I’m so sorry. I know you don’t want me to do the movie.’”
Grey realized that Swayze’s apology was genuine and it touched her heart. She decided to do the film with him, and their incredible on-screen chemistry made her feel like she had found her perfect match. Grey describes, “We go in there, and he takes me in his arms, and I was like, ‘Oh, boy. I’m done.’ There was no competition. He was the easy chair I’d been dreaming of my whole life.”
Jennifer Grey Reflects on Her ‘Tension’ with Patrick Swayze
In her autobiography, Grey opens up about the complex relationship she and Swayze had during the making of Dirty Dancing. She explains that they were not a natural match, and this created tension between them. However, they had to work together 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, “I’m so sorry that I couldn’t just appreciate and luxuriate in who you were, instead of me wishing you were more like what I wanted you to be.”
Despite their differences, Grey acknowledges Swayze’s support and 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 help but mention how good he smelled and how nice his skin was.
Looking Ahead: A Sequel to ‘Dirty Dancing’
Exciting news for Dirty Dancing fans! In 2020, Lionsgate confirmed that a sequel to the beloved film is in the works. Jennifer Grey will be reprising her role as Baby, and Jonathan Levine will be directing the project. Levine shared his enthusiasm, saying, “While the original Dirty Dancing has always been one of my favorite films, I never imagined I would direct the sequel.”
The filmmakers plan to honor the magic of the original while exploring new storylines and introducing ’90s hip-hop music. They are also in discussions with Swayze’s estate to find a way to honor his presence in the sequel.
However, Grey wants to make it clear that they are not trying to replace Swayze. She states, “All I can say is there is no replacing anyone who’s passed—you never try to repeat anything that’s magic like that. You just go for something different.”
With Grey’s involvement and the promise to approach the sequel with love and respect, fans can look forward to a nostalgic and fresh take on the Dirty Dancing universe. So get ready to dance your way back into the magic of Dirty Dancing once again!