- Jennifer Gray said Patrick Swayze had “tears in his eyes” when he apologized to her at the “Dirty Dancing” screen test.
- The costars had a tense relationship after filming 1984’s “Red Dawn.”
- “I was just like, ‘Please, this guy, enough with him,'” she said.
“Dirty Dancing” star Jennifer Gray recently shared more details about her relationship with costar Patrick Swayze while on “The View” Tuesday promoting her new memoir “Out of the Corner,” describing a moment where Swayze had “tears in his eyes” apologizing to her.
Though there is palpable heat between them on screen as student Frances “Baby” Houseman (Gray) and dance instructor Johnny Castle (Swayze) in the classic romance, Gray has admitted that they didn’t always get along because of an earlier experience working together. on the 1984 action film “Red Dawn.”
Gray told the hosts on “The View” that Swayze would play “pranks” on her on set that she didn’t like. She also said he was sometimes “late” to set in New Mexico where “Red Dawn” shot.
The “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” star said Swayze acted like “the boss of everybody” working on the film.
“It was just like macho and I just couldn’t take it,” Gray said. “I was just like, ‘Please, this guy, enough with him.'”
So, Gray admitted to being very hesitant when those involved with “Dirty Dancing” suggested Swayze for the role of Johnny because of Swayze’s dance background.
But she admitted on “The View” that during the screen test for the film, Swayze convinced Gray to change her mind about him.
“He pulled me down the hall and 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,'” Gray said, impersonating Swayze’s accent and mumbling. .
“And he got the tears in his eyes. And I got the tears in my eyes, not for the same reason,” she continued. “And he goes, ‘We could kill it, we could kill it if we did this.'”
She said she wasn’t quite convinced, thinking he might be working over her but then, “we go in there and he takes me in his arms and I’m like, ‘Oh boy.'”
She admitted that from that point on there was “no competition” between Swayze and any other actor who was up for the part of Johnny.
“He was like the easy chair I’d been dreaming of,” Gray told “The View” hosts.
But the actor, who recently confirmed she’d reprise her role as Baby in the “Dirty Dancing” sequel, told People in April that she and Swayze “weren’t a natural match” while filming the dance movie, either.
“And our being forced to be together created a kind of a synergy, or like a friction,” she told the magazine, about her chemistry with Swayze, who died in 2009.
Their relationship way presumably still rocky after “Dirty Dancing” because Gray told People, “I feel like if I could say anything to him now I would say, ‘I’m so sorry that I couldn’t just appreciate and luxuriate in who you are were, instead of me wishing you were more like what I wanted you to be. ‘”
In her memoir, Gray also goes into detail about her failed engagements to Matthew Broderick and Johnny Depp.
“Out of the Corner” is available now.