Jennifer Grey turned down role in ABC's 'Dirty Dancing' remake

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Jennifer Grey Says No Thanks To Role In "Dirty Dancing"

Jennifer Grey wants ABC's Dirty Dancing remake to stand on its own.

The actress was offered a role in the network's forthcoming TV movie but turned it down.

"I was asked to do something on that show and I was flattered because I always want to be asked because it's nice to want to be included. But for me, would be sacrosanct for me to do it because it didn't feel appropriate to me," she told The Hollywood Reporter following a panel for the second season of Amazon comedy Red Oaks on Sunday at the Television Critics Association's summer press tour stop. "It feels like if you're going to do your own thing, do your own thing. I wouldn't say [what role] but I will tell you, it wasn't Baby!"

ABC's Dirty Dancing stars Abigail Breslin taking on Grey's role of Baby in the 1960s romantic drama in which the young sheltered character falls in love with her dance instructor (played by the late Patrick Swayze).

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Read more: ABC Sets 'Dirty Dancing' Musical With Abigail Breslin

ABC's yet-to-be-scheduled Dirty Dancing is a three-hour TV movie from Emmy-nominated writer Jessica Sharzer (American Horror Story, The L Word). Grammy nominee Adam Anders and Peer Astrom (Glee) will tackle music for ABC's rendition. Tony winner Andy Blankenbuehler (Hamilton) will be responsible for choreography.

"I am always interested in any iteration of something where they feel there's more to be gotten and I would love to see what it is that they come up with," Grey said of the ABC reboot. "Tommy Kail [Hamilton] directed it and I'm obsessed with Hamilton, so that's thrilling to me. I think they've got wonderful actors in it. I'm going to be watching it and I'm excited. My only advice is to own it for yourself because we all just do our interpretation and I'm only flattered and excited for people who are excited enough to put their stamp on it and see what they make of it and how they make it their own."

The actress joked during Sunday's panel for Amazon's 1980s-set comedy Red Oaks panel that she had the best of times during the decade that one critic described as "sucky."

"The '80s were great. When they were talking about it being sucky, they clearly weren't having the same '80s I was having; I was having the time of my life!" she said with a knowing nod to one of Dirty Dancing's best-known songs. "I was big in the '80s, so that was good! I thought the '80s was a very exciting time. At the time, it felt like it was a loss of innocence but looking back now, it just looks like preschool compared to where we are now in terms of innocence. I think it was a really exciting time. The fashion was terrible; the hair was terrible; but the music was great."

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Patrick Swayze almost didn't get the part of Johnny in 'Dirty Dancing' -- and for a few reasons too. According to Moviefone, Swayze was a bit older than the character was supposed to be at 34. Yet, maybe more importantly, Jennifer Grey (aka Baby) wasn't too fond of everyone else's heartthrob as a result of their work together on 1984's 'Red Dawn.' Nonetheless, the 'volatile' chemistry the two shared while dancing proved too much to pass up and the result was clearly timeless.

He once starred in a really ridiculous TV commercial for Pabst Blue Ribbon beer that was inspired by 'Saturday Night Fever.'

... we're not kidding, you can watch it here: Patrick Swayze PBR Ad

Patrick got the role of Sam Wheat in 'Ghost' because the film's writer, Bruce Joel Rubin, saw an interview in which Swayze burst into tears after his father was brought up. He thought if a macho guy like Patrick could break into tears like that, he'd be perfect for the part. [Collective swoon ...]

Speaking of 'Ghost,' Patrick Swayze himself considers the pottery scene to be one of the sexiest things he's ever filmed.

He recalled in his autobiography: "It was pretty sexy playing in all that clay, so all we had to do was go with it, let our imaginations run wild, and then touch each other's arms for the sparks to fly."

In January of 2012, stories in the media starting popping up about Patrick being hospitalized. The only problem? He died in September of 2009.

A site called The Mandela Effect muses that there may be an alternate universe in which Swayze recovered from cancer and lived on ... or else people got confused by this Fox News headline.

Talk about ghosts ...

He's a cult hero in hop-hop! In fact, Genius.com (formerly Rap Genius) lists 389 results containing the term 'Swayze' (as opposed to the 171 entries featuring the term 'Kurt Russell' -- take that Kurt!).
And speaking of sexy, Swayze was People Magazine's 'Sexiest Man Alive' in 1991
In high school, Swayze had hopes of going to college on a football scholarship. Only, the night scouts came to check his team out, Patrick got his left leg nearly snapped in half at the knee and it ended his career like that.
Back in the day (high school that is) he also learned to hold his own in a fight. After getting jumped by five bullies at school, Swayze's dad got the school coach to yank all five kids out of class to fight Patrick one-on-one (what?!) -- and you better bet that Patrick downed them all in succession.
Nearly every time the movie 'Road House' plays on TV, Bill Murray (or one of 'his idiot brothers') calls Kelly Lynch's house to tell her husband that Patrick Swayze is having currently relations with his wife in a hilarious ongoing prank revealed by Lynch to the A.V. Club.

On June 1, 2000 Swayze was flying his Cessna 414A plane from Van Nuys, CA to Las Vegas, NM when he lost pressure and had to make an emergency landing on a suburban street in Prescott Valley, AZ.

There is some debate as to whether he was drunk or fumes from his cigarette smoke caused him to suffer from hypoxia -- but either way he expertly landed his plane under the influence of something. Irresponsible? Yep. Impressive nonetheless? Indeed.

Patrick was happily married to his high school sweetheart Lisa Niemi for over 30 years -- until the day he died.
On the set of 'Red Dawn,' Swayze liked to put small M60 explosives in the toilet of director John Milius and detonate them when he was using the restroom for fun. Lesson learned: Patrick Swayze didn't always partake in prank wars ... but he always won.
That majestic man to the left of Patrick is his brother (who you probably didn't even know existed), Don. Don Swayze has made appearances in everything from 'Matlock' and 'Murder, She Wrote' to 'It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia' and 'CSI.'
In 2009 -- the year of his death -- 'Patrick Swayze' was one of the most searched terms on AOL all year. Clearly it doesn't need saying, but still: We love ya Patrick Swayze!
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Grey also used her time with press after the panel to remember her time working with Swayze on the beloved movie.

"He smelled really good, his skin was really nice. He was really strong and he was very protective and his heart was very much in it," she said. "It was our second movie we'd done together within a short time — we did Red Dawn first and then Dirty Dancing. He was a great dancer and he was fearless. His fearlessness with my fearfulness — like his lack of Jewishness and my super Jewishness — together was like a marriage that where you have two opposites. He'd do anything and I'd be scared to do anything."

Find out how "Dirty Dancing" changed Debra Messing's life:

Debra Messing: How 'Dirty Dancing' Changed My Life


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