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Patrick Swayze's Former Co-Star Opens Up About Their On Set Feud

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The movie To Wong Foo, Thanks For Everything! Julie Newar may have a crazy title, but its plot was groundbreaking.

It's one of the Patrick Swayze movies that a lot of people forget about, but they shouldn't. It stars Swayze, Wesley Snipes, and John Leguizamo and they each play a drag queen who are on their way to participate in the Miss Drag Queen of America Pageant.

The movie caught a lot of people off guard, especially because it was 1995 and the drag scene wasn't as prevalent as it is now.

To Wong Foo
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Now, Ru Paul's Drag Race is one of the most popular reality shows, but in the 90s, people didn't know how much effort and artistry went into drag.

But even though To Wong Foo gave us a look into a world we didn't know, apparently it wasn't all good times on the set.

In a recent interview, Leguizamo opened up about his relationships with his former co-stars, and discussed how they got along on set. One was great, while the other nearly escalated to a fist fight.

He has mentioned before that his relationships with his two co-stars were very different.

To Wong Foo
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"The most incongruous trio! The most motleyest crew ever! Wesley and I, we hit it off big time. We've been friends every since—I've done three movies with him. He was just texting me yesterday – we became friends forever, from that movie.

"And Patrick, rest in peace, was fantastic in the movie, but we didn't get along as well. Like I say in Ghetto Klown, maybe we were both in character too much, and we started P.M.S.-ing at the same time."

To Wong Foo, Thanks For Everything! Julie Newmar
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But he's revealed a little bit more of the details, including how one time he almost got into a fight with Swayze.

Apparently it was his desire for improvisation that led to the rift.

“I [tweak scripts] in movies, too. That causes a lot of friction. Patrick Swayze, the poor man, rest in peace, he was not ready for me. I wouldn’t have been ready for me.”

Apparently Swayze became frustrated with his ideas.

To Wong Foo
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“The problem was I saw, ‘I’m gonna rock the hell out of this motherf–king role’ and so when I went in there I was improvising everything and Wesley [Snipes] was loving it…and the director. But Patrick started getting upset.”

Things finally escalated to the point where Swayze couldn't hold back his frustrations anymore.

“One day he told me to shut up and I was like, ‘Make me,' We’re about to punch each other except I’m in hot pants and pumps and he’s dressed like Audrey Hepburn…Wesley’s like, ‘Let him go. Let him go,’ but the director stopped him.”

However, even though things got tense Leguizamo was quick to brush it off with a joke.

To Wong Foo, Thanks For Everything! Julie Newmar
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“We were so in character we were PMSing at the same time.”

While it makes sense that not every movie set is the happiest of places, it's always interesting to hear the behind the scenes gossip. Mostly because the producers always try to hide the fact that their stars aren't getting along.

Have any of your favorite movies ever had big fights happen on set?

Apparently these kind of on-set feuds happen all the time. Everyone from Clark Gable to Betty White have had their fair share of disagreements on set.

Source - Page Six / Vanity Fair / George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight

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