Movies | Pop Culture | 80s

10 Secrets From The Set Of Dirty Dancing That Will Make You Appreciate This Classic Even More

- Page 1

Vestron Pictures

They may have seemed like they had the time of their life, but there was a lot that went into the making of one of the movies that we all love that we never knew about. Dirty Dancing is one of the greatest movies of the 80s, but how much do you know about the process that went into it?

Vestron Pictures

The movie came out in 1987 and the behind-the-scenes drama started right away. Whether it was the cast members not getting along, or actors being unable to keep it together on set, it seems like it was as epic behind the scenes as it was on camera.

The movie almost had different leads

Vestron Pictures

Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey weren't the only options. Initially, the role of Johnny was offered to Val Kilmer but he declined. Billy Zane also auditioned, but apparently he couldn't dance well enough. Sarah Jessica Parker auditioned for the role of Baby, as did Sharon Stone.

Swayze and Grey didn't get along

Vestron Pictures

The two actors had worked together in the movie Red Dawn and didn't get along. They had resolved their issues enough for the screen test which proved they had insanely good chemistry.

After filming began, they started to get frustrated with each other and were arguing a lot. To help get them back on track, the director forced the actors to watch their screen test again to show them how good they looked together. Luckily it worked and they were able to finish the movie.

Baby laughing while they are practicing was not in the script

Vestron Pictures

Jennifer Grey was actually laughing because she was ticklish and all of the frustration you see in Patrick Swayze's face was legitimate. The director loved it and kept it in the movie.

The iconic 'Lover Boy' dance scene was also not originally supposed to be in the movie

Vestron Pictures

They were supposed to be warming up for the scene but then they started to mess around and do this so the director used it in the movie.

Jennifer Grey was a lot older than Baby was supposed to be

Vestron Pictures

Jennifer Grey was a full 10 years older than Baby, and she only had 5 minutes to prove that she could successfully portray the 17-year-old girl when she auditioned. Obviously she nailed it.

Page 1 Next Page

More Throwbacks


18 Hit Songs That We All Forgot Were Written For Movies

Take a look at your music playlists from yesteryear, and you may be surprised some of the hit tunes came from a slew of classic films we've watched on repeat. Take a walk down memory lane, listen to these 18 songs, and see if you recognize the scene they were played in!1. Dirty Dancing - "Time of my Life"By Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes2. Blue Hawaii - "Can't Help Falling In Love"By Elvis Presley3. Titanic - "My Heart Will Go On"By Celine Dion4. Space Jam - "I Believe I Can Fly" By R. Kelly5. Back To


7 Questions We All Have For The Cult Classic 'Don't Tell Mom The Babysitter Is Dead'

We all have those movies that we love even though no one else has heard of them. There are way too many to list them all, but when it comes to weird cult classics, Don't Tell Mom The Babysitter Is Dead is one that you absolutely need to remember.Warner Bros.If you've never seen it, the premise is exactly as weird as the title would lead you to believe. When the Candrell kid's mom is on a vacation for the summer she leaves her kids with a babysitter who passes away. This leaves the eldest Candrell sibling, Sue Ellen,