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Patrick Swayze doubted 'Dirty Dancing' would be a hit




The autobiography of the late Patrick Swayze isn't due out until Sept. 29, but details are already beginning to emerge. The biggest so far: Swayze doubted that Dirty Dancing, the 1987 movie that made him a household name, would be a hit at all.

The actor, who died Sept. 14, writes in The Time of My Life: "It seemed fluffy - nothing more than a summer-camp movie," according to the Associated Press.

Likewise, the New York Daily News says Swayze confirms rumors that things were sometimes ... tense, shall we say? ... between himself and co-star Jennifer Grey.

"We did have a few moments of friction when we were tired or after a long day of shooting. [Grey] seemed particularly emotional, sometimes bursting into tears if someone criticized her," he wrote, according to the News. "Other times, she slipped into silly moods, forcing us to do scenes over and over again when she'd start laughing."

Meanwhile, Swayze was convinced that 1990's Ghost would be a hit from the get-go and had to beg producer Jeff Zucker to cast him in the leading role.


Swayze would earn a Golden Globe nomination for both Dirty Dancing and Ghost. He lost to Robin Williams for Good Morning Vietnam (fair enough) and Gérard Depardieu for Green Card. (OMG, shut up!)

One other '80s note: During publicity rounds for The Outsiders, Swayze said co-star Tom Cruise was so "self-conscious about his teeth" that he resisted magazine photo shoots.

[Last modified: Wednesday, June 9, 2010 2:51pm]


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