Patrick Swayze didn’t mean ‘No one puts baby in a corner’
- In her memoir, “Out of the Corner,” Jennifer Gray details the difficulties she encountered working on “Dirty Dancing.”
- She said the original script felt unnatural and needed to be reworked.
- Gray said Swayze didn’t mean the movie’s famous line, “Nobody puts baby in a corner.”
Jennifer Gray details her difficult experience on the set of “Dirty Dancing” in her new memoir, “Out of the Corner.”
“The ‘Dirty Dancing’ set was known to be plagued with issues,” she wrote. “Extremely chaotic. You could almost say cursed.
Among the struggles, which included filming in extreme weather conditions, health issues, injuries and abandonment of crew members, she said they also had to deal with costume and dialogue issues. of the scenario.
Gray said that during pre-production, “the script wasn’t exactly ready to go.”
Her co-star Patrick Swayze also struggled with the script, she said.
“Patrick had similar issues with his dialogue and strenuously resisted saying the now-famous line, ‘Nobody puts baby in a corner,'” Gray wrote.
Swayze’s character, Johnny Castle, says the iconic line in the film’s climactic scene before he and Baby, played by Grey, wow his family with their dance routine.
Despite its initial resistance, the iconic line remained intact in the final script.
“I could barely bring myself to say, ‘Nobody puts baby in a corner.’ It sounded so corny,” Swayze wrote in his own memoir, “Time of My Life.” “But, seeing the finished film, I had to admit that it worked.”
However, according to Gray, other dialogue “that didn’t exactly go off the tongue” was changed.
Gray and Swayze worked with the director, Emile Ardolino, to go through the script, “trying to make it a little more natural,” she said.
She said Ardolino was an “ally” during the process. The cast would receive new edited scripts from their edits every night, she said.
Gray also struggled with the breathless monologue her character, Frances “Baby” Houseman, had to say while worrying about never feeling the same way she feels when she’s with Johnny. This also remained intact.
In addition to the script revisions, Gray also remembered that there was a contest to see who could come up with a new movie title.
“Dirty Dancing was probably never going to last,” the cast and crew thought, according to Gray. She added: “In the 80s it seemed too outrageous to reach its mainstream target audience.”
But again, like some now iconic lines, it remained as is.