I LOVE Patrick Swayze. He brought a powerful and vulnerable edge to every role he played. In interviews, he shows sensitivity, responsibility and awareness of his own transformation. In the movie “Ghost”, his parting line was – “The love we have inside, we take it with us.” Yes, we do, and not much else.
“Dirty Dancing” could have been one of the cheezi-est, coming-of-age romances, put to screen. It’s one of my favorites. It’s got so much passion, drama (melodrama!) and classic plot devices. Add amazing dancing, music and scenery and it could have been a total flop without the Swayze edge as Johnny Castle.
For all his talent and sex appeal, Patrick would prefer to be remembered for how he lived: ‘Off-screen, he was an avid conservationist who was moved by his time in Africa to shine a light on “man’s greed and absolute unwillingness to operate according to Mother Nature’s laws,” he told the AP in 2004.’
May we all be moved to shine the light.
Here’s an amazing ballet of Patrick and his wife Lisa Niemi from 1994.
The memoir Patrick and Lisa wrote is due to be released 9/29/2009.
RIP, Patrick. And RIP, Mary Travers , another bright light.