The Dirty Dancing movie was known for many things, including its being a number one source of romantic quotes. The line “Nobody puts baby in a corner,” was a heavy favorite among its fans that had girls swooning over their versions of Johnny in the private resorts of their minds.
However, Patrick Swayze, the actor who actually spoke that beloved line hated it. In his autobiography in 2009, he said that he could hardly stomach saying those words because “it sounded so corny.”
The filming of Dirty Dancing was initially spoiled by many challenges. First off, the two main stars just couldn’t stand each other right from the outset. Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey both worked together in Red Dawn, a story about the United States being invaded by the Soviets, and the two were almost like that on the set.
Their performances were marred with tension, and they simply couldn’t get along. It is a testament to their professionalism how they would eventually overcome their personal differences to work on the story as if they really were in love, convincing millions of viewers of their supposed shared affection.
Not Really The Catskills
The story of the film revolves around the Catskills. Baby and her family would take a summer vacation there to enjoy its provincial scenery. The mountain ranges are located in the southern region of New York state, overlooking the city bustle from a peaceful vantage point.
In reality, the movie was actually filmed somewhere else to save on expenses. The set was put up in Virginia to give it a similar feel, and time wasn’t on their side. Summer was about to end, and the stage crew had to paint the leaves as it began to adapt to autumn. They planted more foliage, spray painted it with green to make it all look summery still.
Whether the lines of the film are corny or not, the plot remarkable or average, one cannot deny the one sure-fire facet of the film: the dancing skills exhibited in it are one major factor that makes it live on through generations.
Actor, Patrick Swayze, showed off his outstanding dancing ability that helped him pull off a tough move in one scene: Baby being lifted up in the air and leaping back into Johnny’s arms in a perfectly timed catch and fit. Both characters in the movie rehearsed that maneuver many times, but the real actors surprisingly performed an impromptu. When asked about it, Jennifer Grey said, “I only did it on the day I shot it. Never rehearsed it, never done it since.”
The production of Dirty Dancing was done on a very low budget and, therefore, getting corporate sponsorship was key to keeping it going. The film struggled to gain interest from companies that didn’t want to be involved in a movie that carried a subplot on abortion.
An American brand of skincare initially showed interest in the film because it felt that it could reach out to a teen audience. They were already into the work of promoting it when they found out about the abortion scene regarding Penny. They wanted it cut, but this request was rejected. This impasse led to their mutually agreed plans to promote the film being dropped.