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17 Things Producers of Dirty Dancing Hid From Fans…

To everyone who watched Dirty Dancing – this 1980s-romantic dance drama film, it is STILL the favorite to-watch movie of the time. It has even managed to gain popularity with the younger generation who access on the internet. Dirty Dancing is one of the few low-budget movies to become famous after the fact.

Written by Eleanor Bergstein and released in 1987, the film became the first to sell over 1 million copies on home video. It was directed by Eleanor Bergstein while Jennifer Grey and Patrick Swayze were the major characters playing the roles of “Baby” and “Johnny”.

The difficulties encountered, the fun moments, the awkward times, and even sexual tensions that you didn’t know existed are ALL here! Read through and enjoy!

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#17. The Crawling Scene Was  NOT Part Of The Plan…

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The crawling scene was not really part of the plan. It was just a thing that the two lead characters were improvising when getting ready to act. It got the directors attention and boom! It is one of the best moves on the film!

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#16. Swayze And Grey Hated Each Other…

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The movie was bound to fail according to people’s expectations. Even the characters didn’t expect it to be a hit because of the rivalry between Jenifer and Patrick. There was negative energy between the two lead casts!

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#15. Val Kilmer Put The Movie In A Corner…

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Val Kilmer was offered the chance to play Jonny but he turned it down! It made it possible for Patrick to play the role and rise to fame due to his fantastic dance moves!

#14. Sara Jessica Parker ALMOST Played “Baby”…

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The role of baby was not primarily meant for Jenifer Grey! Sara Parker also auditioned for the role but lost to Grey!

#13.  The Actors Were 10 Years Older Than Their Characters…

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The leads were 10 years older than the character they played! Jenifer was 27 while Patrick was 34. The character “Baby” was supposed to be 17 and Jonny 24. Grey and Patrick had to convince the directors that they could act younger!

#12. Grey’s Laughter Annoyed Swayze…

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Patrick could not handle Jenifer’s laugh. To Patrick, he was just rehearsing when he touched Jenifer’s arm but Jenifer couldn’t help it – it was tickling and she naturally laughed. From Patrick’s look and facial expression, he was angry!

#11. Swayze Injured Himself While Doing His Own Stunts…

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Patrick insisted on doing his own stunts, a move that saw him injure his knee. Walking on the log did not work as he had expected. He suffered a severe fall and ended up in a hospital for the fluid to be drained!

#10. They Only Gave The Cast TWO Weeks To Practice!…

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Practice time was limited. Although the real dances in the movie were superb, the cast had only two weeks to practice! Learning all the moves in two weeks is yet another thing that the dedicated team achieved miraculously!

#9. Swayze Initially Refused To Say His Infamous Line…

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The “Nobody puts baby in a corner” line was a hard one for Patrick to pull off. In his own words, he “hated the line”! Today, it is one of the most iconic lines from the movie. He later liked the line when the movie aired!

#8. Billy Zane Was Almost Cast In The Movie…

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Patrick’s role was not entirely meant for him. Apparently, Billy Zane was also supposed to play the Johnny character!

#7. Cynthia Rhodes Was Cast Before Anyone…

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Cynthia Rhodes was the first person to play a character in the film. She filled her role before even Johnny or baby characters were selected!

#6. Johnny Was Supposed To Be Italian…

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Johnny was supposed to be a young Italian man, but since Patrick is the one who played the role, the character had to be changed!

#5. Sharon Stone Failed Her Audition…

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Sharon Stone also auditioned for the role of Baby- but with no success.

#4. Swayze Wrote A Song For The Movie…

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Swayze actually wrote one of the songs in the movie. The famous “she is like the wind” was all Patrick’s work.

The Trees Were Lies…

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The trees were actually sprayed with paint since the movie was shot during the spring season!

Baby Was No Baby…

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Jennifer was given only five minutes to prove that she could act like a teenager even though she was 27 years old!

The Filming Location For The Lake Scene…

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The lake scene was actually shot in North Carolina and not Virginia- as it is presumed.

Bill Medley Didn’t Like The Songs…

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Bill medley thought that the songs sounded like they came from a bad “adult” film! He completely disliked them at first!

The Actors Lips Turned Blue On Set..

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The lake was so cold that the actor’s lips turned blue. No wonder the pictures from the lake scene are not so clear!

What is “The Procedure”?…

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“The procedure” is actually an abortion. Penny is looking for a “back door” abortion- since in the 80’s it was still illegal in the USA.

Dirty Dancing Helps One “Find Self”, Say’s Swayze…

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According to Patrick, the movie survived due to its heart! He believes the movie helps people to find themselves!

How Does THAT Make You Feel?

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Dr. Ruth was supposed to play a role in the film.

The Bungalow Bunny That ALMOST Was…

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“Baby’s” mom ( Kelly Bishop ) was actually supposed to play the Bungalow bunny!

Inspired By A True Story…

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“Dirty Dancing” was actually inspired by Eleanor Bergstein’s life. In the late 1960s, she and her family use to visit Catskills where she learned to “dirty dance”!

Swayze Turned Down 6 Million Dollars For A Sequel…

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Swayze was actually offered six million dollars to play Johnny for a Dirty Dancing sequel. Patrick ,not being a fan of the sequel, turned the offer down!

The REAL “Baby” …

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Eleanor was actually called “Baby” by her family till she was 22 years old. The character baby is based on her life story!

Johnny and Baby Wear Opposite Colors…

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Though you may not notice baby and Johnny wear contrasting colors throughout the movie, in most scenes Johnny is in dark colors while Jenifer is in bright colors.

The Book “Fountainhead” Is Featured…

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The book that Robbie tries to give penny is actually “Fountainhead” by Ayn Rand. Robbie was trying to justify why he couldn’t help Penny!

The “Cry To Me” Scene…

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The scene named “Cry to me” has been named one of the sexiest parts of the movie.

Swayze’s Fingers Got Stuck On A Dress…

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Johnny’s fingers kept getting stuck on Penny’s red dress when they were dancing together. Penny’s dress was strapped at the back, which gave Patrick a really hard time.

Baby’s Sister…

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Baby’s sister in the movie was played by Jane Brucker who helped co-write the song Hula Hana, she was not recognized for her efforts until march 18th of the year 2002.

Baby Was A Real Life Natural…

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Jenifer Grey was a natural dancer owing to the fact that her father was a tremendous dancer who had won Oscar awards for his acting skills and performance in outstanding movies!

Kelly Bishop Got Lucky…

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Kelly bishop was a very lucky woman – at the expense of the other actress Lynne Lipton. She fell sick in the middle of her role! She was playing the role of Mrs. Houseman and Kelly came in to fill her space!

5 Million Dollars…

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The movie stood out as one of the movies that used the least money while making a lot of money. It was “bound to fail” according some people and even the cast and producers had lost hope! The production of dirty dancing used up $5 million dollars!

Jenifer Grey Was Involved In A Fatal Wreck…

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Jenifer Grey almost missed out on being part of one of the greatest movies in 1987. She was involved in a grisly road accident that left two people dead!

“Dirty Dancing” Was ALWAYS The Title…

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The name of the movie “Dirty Dancing” was selected even before the script was written! In an interview, Eleanor was just giving her childhood stories of how she used to go out and “dirty dance” with her other childhood playmates.

“Dirty Dancing” Was Full Of Great Dancers…

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Honi Coles was already a famous and legendary tap dancer. “Dirty Dancing” was filled with lots of experienced dancers as well as people who were interested in being professional dancers like Jenifer Grey- owing to her father’s success!

Lonny Price Went On To Become Broadway Director…

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Lonny Price ( who played Neal ) went ahead to become the Broadway director! The movie was obviously a big platform for many actors and actresses to build their careers in the diverse world of film.

Grey And Swayze…

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Although Baby and Johnny hated each other, they pulled out some amazing dance moves! Even after Patrick’s death, Grey speaks highly of Patrick and their time together.

Jenifer Grey Was Afraid Of Practice…

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Jenifer Grey was too afraid to practice the flying dance move AND too scared to pull off the famous lift dance move. The scene that appears on the movie is actually the first time she had tried it!