Swayze Book: Grey Was Annoying on Set of Dancing

Patrick recalls her 'emotional,' sometimes 'silly' antics
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 24, 2009 11:17 AM CDT
In this image provided by Lionsgate Home Entertainment, Patrick Swayze, portraying Johnny Castle, and Jennifer Grey, portraying Baby Houseman, are shown in a scene from "Dirty Dancing."   (AP Photo/Lionsgate Home Entertainment)
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(Newser) – The chemistry between Patrick Swayze and Dirty Dancing co-star Jennifer Grey was definitely on-screen-only. Grey was the cause of “a few moments of friction” on set because of her tendency to be “particularly emotional, sometimes bursting into tears if someone criticized her,” Swayze wrote in his memoir, out next week. “Other times, she slipped into silly moods, forcing us to do scenes over and over again when she'd start laughing.”

Even the famous lake scene wasn’t as romantic as it appeared: “It was horrifyingly, hypothermically cold in that lake, and we filmed that scene over and over,” says the excerpt obtained by the New York Daily News. “And despite the fact that Jennifer was very light, when you're lifting someone in water, even the skinniest little girl can feel like 500 pounds.” However, Swayze goes on to say that, “in many ways, she made the movie.” (Read more Patrick Swayze stories.)