Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey danced before us on screen, but the actor didn’t love filming “Dirty Dancing.”
In his autobiography, “The Time of My Life,” which will be out Tuesday, Swayze tells that his costar was a huge pain onset. So why was she such a pain? He thought that Grey acted too girly.
"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 writes in his Atria-published memoir. "Other times, she slipped into silly moods, forcing us to do scenes over and over again when she'd start laughing.”
And like almost any girl, there were mood swings. “I was on overdrive for the whole shoot-staying up all night to do rewrites, squeezing in dance rehearsals, shooting various scenes-and was exhausted a lot of the time. I didn’t have a whole lot of patience for doing multiple retakes.”
There was multiple times of tension. One including a day Swayze and Grey filmed the famous lake scene, where he repeatedly, and romantically, lifted Grey into the air.. "It was horrifyingly, hypothermically cold in that lake, and we filmed that scene over and over," he said. "And despite the fact that Jennifer was very light, when you're lifting someone in water, even the skinniest little girl can feel like 500 pounds.”
But Swayze kept his pride and forgave Grey for her annoying ways and said she did a “truly phenomenal job” and “in many ways, she made the movie.”
Grey will be able to hear her co-star's thoughts about their time filming the 1987 classic. A rep for Swayze confirms that he recorded an emotional reading of his autobiography before he died; the audio-book CD will be available on Tuesday as well.