There’s a lot of chemistry, and no “spaghetti arms,” in this rare footage of Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey’s Dirty Dancing screen test. This Yahoo Movies exclusive clip, taken from a new featurette on the 30th anniversary Dirty Dancing Blu-ray, shows the two stars getting to know each other as they work through some dance steps. Swayze, an experienced ballet dancer by the time he made the film, instructs Grey to lift her chest so he doesn’t hurt her ribs. “It hurts my ribs,” she replies, giggling, as Swayze gently puts her down.
Eleanor Bergstein would like to clear something up: Patrick Swayze was the only actor ever considered for the lead in Dirty Dancing. The screenwriter of the beloved 1987 film has seen one too many listicles claiming that Val Kilmer or Billy Zane was the filmmakers’ first pick for Johnny Castle, the working-class dance instructor who falls for idealistic teenager Baby Houseman (Jennifer Grey) at a Catskills resort in the early 1960s. “Patrick was the only actor who was ever offered this, and he’s the only one we ever wanted,” Bergstein told Yahoo Movies in an interview on Thursday.
The 55-year-old actress, who’s in Amazon’s new ‘80s-set comedy Red Oaks, has been in plenty of movies and TV shows since starring in 1987’s hit romance Dirty Dancing.
Watch an 8-Year-Old Take on Patrick Swayze’s ‘Dirty Dancing’ Moves Nobody puts this kid in a corner. Charlie, an eight-year-old from Knoxville, Tennessee, has taught himself all the Patrick Swayze moves from Dirty Dancing’s big finale. “He has probably watched [Dirty Dancing] only 10-12 times. She says it all started with Michael Jackson videos when he was three years old, and there’s evidence: Here’s a video of little Charlie doing his interpretation of the Thriller dance.
Just how essential is master composer John Williams’ score to the Star Wars movies? George Lucas apparently directed his actors to “Just imagine there’s a triumphant orchestration playing over this scene,” as evidenced by an amusing new video from The Auralnauts that strips the music out of the feel-good “Throne Room” finale scene fromStar Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope. Things get awkward in a hurry, with deafening silence accompanying Luke, Han and Chewbacca’s stroll though a sea of soldiers as they arrive at the medal ceremony, aside from a cough here, psychotic Chewy growl there. There’s also a whole lot of nodding, winking smiling, and, well, what can only be described as a Chewgasm.