Making Dirty Dancing
Jack Weston, Kelly Bishop, Jane Brucker, Max Cantor, Charles 'Honi' Coles, Miranda Garrison, Garry Goodrow, Neal Jones, Wayne Knight, 'Cousin Brucie' Morrow, Alvin Myerovich, Antone Pagan, Lonny Price, Paula Trueman, Thomas Cannold Update Cast
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Jennifer Grey was said to have disrupted filming on several occasions by her behaviour, so to be fair to her it should be said that here Swayze strokes right through her armpit and she was very ticklish! But she got over it and the result is one of the most beautifully erotic scenes in the film.
Victor Quayle kindly wrote in to add that one day the director came into the practice studio and found Kenny Ortega, choreography and Miranda Garrison, assistant choreographer, (who also played Vivian Pressman because another actress was taken ill), dancing a threesome with Jennifer Grey to help her with attitude and rhythm. The director took this up and had it danced by Penny, Baby and Johnny. What came out of it was elegant, restrained and beautifully erotic.
The water lift scene was a very important part of the movie and couldn't be left out. So Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey went out in the water when the temperature outside was about 40 degrees.
Jennifer Grey remembered: "I remember people standing all around filming us dressed in coats with their hoods up and gloves, and we had to go in the water wearing only jeans and a shirt."
A stunt women, Denise Amirante, is mentioned in the end credits and I can't think where else in the film a stunt woman would be needed. But, in her audio commentary, Eleanor Bergstein says: '... and here's Jennifer being very brave.' My speculation: Once they are actually on the log, dancing, Baby's face is never shown and most shots are middle distance or feet only. It seems to me that 'Baby' is considerably fuller round the hips. I also noticed greenish pants just showing through 'Baby's' jeans, which is not so in other Baby shots in this scene. Am I seeing things? Does anyone know definitely if Jennifer Grey was on the log in person or not?
In the DVD commentary Ortega does say that Jennifer used a double in the log scene as well as when they were coming up to that scene in the car right before they park. There was a grassy slope they drove down and they thought it could be a little risky so again you can see the double's substantially curlier hair in the sihlouette sitting in the car right before they park and the song "This Overload" ends.
UPDATE: Denise Amirante wrote in to say "I was Jennifer's stunt double on the log scene and other scenes in the movie... I am currently living in Nashville TN writing songs and doing some acting on the side." - So now we know :-)
On Aug. 5, 1987, the pair were in Northern Ireland on vacation when the accident occurred. He was 25. She was 27.
As Broderick drove their rented BMW along a country road in Enniskillen, County Fermanagh, he apparently ended up in the opposite lane, smashing head-on into a car carrying a mother and daughter, tragically killing both instantly.
Broderick suffered a fractured leg and ribs, collapsed lung and concussion. He spent the next four weeks in hospital. Grey escaped with minor injuries.
Tests showed that Broderick had not been drinking. He was unable to recall the incident saying "I don't remember the day. I don't remember even getting up in the morning. I don't remember making my bed. What I first remember is waking up in the hospital, with a very strange feeling going on in my leg."
He was initially charged with the British crime of 'causing death by dangerous driving' and faced up to five years behind bars. He was later convicted of the lesser charge of 'careless driving' and given only a small fine - which the victims stunned family called "a travesty of justice" at the time.
Dirty Dancing hit movie theaters just days after the accident.
But Jennifer was traumatized, saying "The juxtaposition of that deep sorrow, the survivor's guilt, and then being celebrated as the new big thing just didn't jibe. It didn't feel good to be the toast of the town", adding in another interview "That movie's about a loss of innocence, and I feel like when that movie came out, 6 days before, I was in a car crash where a mother and daughter were killed, and I feel like my life changed, and that was a loss of my innocence."
She sadly never fully recovered from the trauma, effectively retiring from showbiz at just 27 years old for many years; "My head was never the same, my ambition was ever the same."
Both stars have confirmed that they are sill haunted by events on that lonely Irish road. Even today.
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BUT, Susan wrote in to say that it isn't Johnny in the woods, it's Robbie the waiter with Baby's sister (the one who got Penny pregnant)... Holly kindly added that: There is the scene with Robbie and Lisa coming out of the woods, but there was also a scene of Johnny and a giggling bungalow bunny in the woods while Baby peaked through the trees.
-Why did they cut this scene?? It's magic...
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