Jennifer Grey reacts to 'Dirty Dancing' remake
August 10th, 2011
04:08 PM ET

Jennifer Grey reacts to 'Dirty Dancing' remake

Fans of the 1987 film aren’t happy about the upcoming remake, but the movie’s original star is perfectly content with the idea of an update.

Jennifer Grey, who played Baby, the teenage girl falling in love at a Catskills camp, tweeted her response Tuesday: "I love @Kennyortega and trust that he will do something special #DirtyDancingRemake."

Grey has a good reason to have faith in Ortega: He was the choreographer on the original film.

Lionsgate announced the remake plans and choice of director on Monday, according to The Hollywood Reporter. “The opportunity to direct ‘Dirty Dancing is like returning home for me," said Ortega, who directed “High School Musical 3,” “Newsies,” “Hocus Pocus” and the Michael Jackson documentary “This Is It.”

“Patrick Swayze set the bar for men dancing in the movies,” Ortega added of the movie’s late male lead.  “I can’t wait to begin the process of discovering the next breakout triple-threats.”

The original film earned $214 million worldwide, and in the 24 years since its release has sold more than 10 million copies on DVD.  The 2004 sequel, "Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights," flopped at the box office.

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  1. Rod Singleton

    In My humble option when our Hollywood Gods make a remake of any classic movie it turns out to be the biggest waste of money & time(except for a very few like "The Out of Towners","Star Trek" & "The Italian Job" PS, Jennifer to Me You are more beautiful then You were in "Dirty Dancing"-Call Me.

    September 8, 2011 at 8:03 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Lenore

    Can't Hollywood come up with anything original anymore? It's not necessary to remake a classic.

    September 5, 2011 at 3:48 pm | Report abuse |
  3. JD B

    When is Hollywood going to get it that not ALL movies and shows need to be remade?? This is going to be a disaster. Frankly I hope true Swayze fans boycott it. That movie is going to be a baby that SHOULD be put in a corner. A corner of the cutting room floor!!

    September 4, 2011 at 4:47 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Carlos

    Hey! Who's the lady in the picture? She kinda looks like Jennifer Grey from Dirty Dancing!

    August 31, 2011 at 9:18 am | Report abuse |
  5. dc mortimer

    Didn't she "remake" her nose and it ruined her career ?

    August 29, 2011 at 6:59 am | Report abuse |
  6. oh please


    August 28, 2011 at 5:09 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Pensera

    People loved Dirty Dancing for the same reason they loved Saturday Night Fever and many others: it was the magical combination of the human element with the beautiful dancing. It brought the viewer into the story with universal themes: a young person's first big crush and coming-of-age/ family issues; the class issues of blue-collar kids versus upscale professionals and crossing of social barriers. The fabulous energy and beauty of the dance the unites people across barriers and becomes a bridge to one's dreams. Everybody watching can fit themselves into the story at some point, and that's why the enduring magic. If the new version acknowledges and expresses these emotional and aesthetic realities, then it will succeed. The hungry young man and love-smitten young girl; the music and the Dance - I'm sure it has worked since Palaeolithic times around the night fires!

    August 28, 2011 at 3:26 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Pretty Baby

    NO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! TO THE REMAKE!

    August 28, 2011 at 2:30 am | Report abuse |
  9. Robert

    Where are all the writers today, every time you turn around some one is remaking a great movie....poorly!

    August 24, 2011 at 11:11 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Whit

    Remakes usually suck...especially when they're for classics such as Dirty could ever play "Johnny" like Patrick Swayze did...

    August 24, 2011 at 4:48 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Kristin

    Mandy Moore could play a really good baby she can easily pull the innocent but busting to break out of herself role. Lea Michelle could be good to. As for male leads hmm that's a toughie.

    August 23, 2011 at 10:52 am | Report abuse |
  12. jon

    They'll probably have a black actor fill the role for Swayze's character in the remake, just so it appeals to the modern generation. He'd give Baby dancing lessons with hip-hop music in the background; because as we all know hip-hop was thriving in the early '60s (especially in the Catskills).

    August 22, 2011 at 4:00 pm | Report abuse |
  13. thadius357

    Melanie Moore as Baby would rock!!

    August 21, 2011 at 1:15 am | Report abuse |
  14. Tac

    I remember when Hollywood used to actually make original movies instead rehashing previous ones. Where did the creatvity go?

    August 17, 2011 at 11:36 am | Report abuse |
  15. Sarge

    Yet another sad attempt by film studios to catch lightning in a bottle. No imagination whatsoever.

    August 16, 2011 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
  16. Booooo

    Not thrilled. I hope it doesn't end up looking like the Fame remake. I never saw the Fame remake because it looked like just another "Save the Last Dance," "Step Up," "You Got Served!" or every other dance movie that mixes hip hop and contemporary dance with ballet and such that has come out over the past 10 years. If it was a fab remake, I stand corrected. If it looks classy like the original Dirty Dancing, I'm there – I say that as a former dancer....

    August 16, 2011 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
  17. El Kababa

    I would say Fred Astaire, not Swayze, set the bar for male dancers in movies. I really liked Swayze as an actor and a dancer though.

    August 16, 2011 at 2:11 pm | Report abuse |
  18. Susan

    I would say Travolta, not Swayze, set the modern bar for men dancing in movies.

    August 12, 2011 at 4:59 pm | Report abuse |
  19. TiredOfBadMovies

    Please don't ruin a good thing. Don't need or want to see a remake filled with cells phones and Justin Beiber music. Don't turn it into a High School Musical. Just let this one go down as a classic and let it rest ...

    August 12, 2011 at 1:57 am | Report abuse |
  20. GrooveMonkey

    Do you think Patrick Swayze is doing somersaults in his grave?

    August 12, 2011 at 12:54 am | Report abuse |
  21. madhater

    Will some girl get an abortion with a hanger?

    August 11, 2011 at 9:31 pm | Report abuse |
  22. T.S. Garp

    Hollywood is dead. nothing new in years. Wake up!!

    August 11, 2011 at 9:16 pm | Report abuse |
  23. The Selfish Meme

    "the movie’s original star is perfectly content with the idea of an update." because SHE BE GETTIN' PAID.

    August 11, 2011 at 5:33 pm | Report abuse |
  24. Scott Pilgrim defeated The World

    The Rock should totally be the lead actor. Definitely. For sure.

    August 11, 2011 at 4:36 pm | Report abuse |
  25. Mustaf Herod Apyur Poupr

    I do not think a remake would be a very nice thing. Americans are stoopid. Where is tracie? I love her poo-poo comments.

    August 11, 2011 at 4:11 pm | Report abuse |
  26. Daphne

    I love the original and always will, remake or no remake. I think they'll have a hard go of it tho - first of all, the vapid Julianne Hough would ruin anything she was in LOL 2ndly, if they set it back in the 60s again, you'd be hard pressed to find an actress that could play 'innocent' these days, everyone so jaded and hard looking anymore in hollywood. Hopefully they move it to a modern time setting, so no one compares it to the original

    August 11, 2011 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
  27. Frank Mondana

    There is a misguided notion that a remake somehow "ruins" the original. That's crap. The original does not magically become a worse movie once the new one hits theaters.
    If you don't like the idea of a remake, don't see it. Pretty simple.
    The other argument I love is that the remake is "not necessary". Really, was the original necessary? Did your life turn into a fairy tale of perfection when the original came out? Is any movie necessary? To say any movie is necessary is just a bit hyperbolic.
    So, you can simply choose to avoid the new movie. Trust me, your life will continue on just as it has until now.

    August 11, 2011 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse |
  28. jillmarie

    I would love to see Zac Efron in the role. I can't think of any women, maybe Lea Michelle as others posted. Julianne Hough, too, maybe.

    August 11, 2011 at 1:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lanna

      Zac Efron as Johnny Castle yesssssss, Leah Michele as Baby...... NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO, please.please, please!

      August 12, 2011 at 10:45 am | Report abuse |
  29. Linda

    I think Zac Efron would be perfect for the Patrick Swayze roll, and Lea Michele would be a good "baby"....And as long as they don't stick to the original storyline and change it up a bit it should be a good remake.

    August 11, 2011 at 12:15 pm | Report abuse |
  30. I-Zheet M'Drurz

    Jennifer Grey..........mmmmmmm.

    August 11, 2011 at 12:10 pm | Report abuse |
  31. Brathead

    All you haters who are against a remake of this movie, I have a quick solution for you don't watch it. I am a huge fan of the movie and will definately be seeing this. All of you saying that it's too soon after Swayze's death. I think in part doing this movie is a way to honor him. Do I think the remake will live up to the original, probably not but that will not stop me from seeing it. Not all remakes of movies are horrible. So all of you few thousand people who don't want the movie remade why don't you do us all a favor and shut your mouth. There are millions of people out there that do want the remake and will be watching it.

    August 11, 2011 at 11:38 am | Report abuse |
  32. LIZ

    GEEZZZZZ...folks it you don't want to see it then dont, will it kill you to let someone take a shot at doing something. It may be good, it may be bad, but good grief why be so freaking negative! Or here's an idea- do something productive with your time, that might actually do some good for someone else.GEEZZZZZZZ

    August 11, 2011 at 11:18 am | Report abuse |
  33. Al Sukka-kwere

    No remake.

    August 11, 2011 at 10:46 am | Report abuse |
  34. Norma

    The original was incredible... but, if they have to do a remake I would suggest Zac Efrom as he only one for the Patrick Swayze's role. I can't think of any women yet...

    August 11, 2011 at 9:24 am | Report abuse |
  35. Marilyn

    Another remake? This is a clear indication that creativity is getting scarce.

    August 11, 2011 at 8:49 am | Report abuse |
  36. Zenith

    That b(tchs face reacts 2 2 much surgery. The remakes r getting old, creativity would b better than this sh(t! What n ugly woman. Who cares if on dwts. Media crock americans!

    August 11, 2011 at 4:43 am | Report abuse |
  37. no remake

    no remake please. Hollywood is just too lazy or scared to do anything new!

    August 10, 2011 at 11:28 pm | Report abuse |
  38. madhater

    Jennifer was one hell of a whure, in that movie. Good job!

    August 10, 2011 at 11:01 pm | Report abuse |
  39. Numyorangay

    Shows lack of originality in Hollywood.

    August 10, 2011 at 10:56 pm | Report abuse |
  40. alecia

    Why dont they just rerelease the original?

    August 10, 2011 at 10:52 pm | Report abuse |
  41. dee

    Sorry Patrick not Parick

    August 10, 2011 at 10:39 pm | Report abuse |
  42. dee

    Don't remake something that was already perfect. Nobody could fill Parick Swayzes shoes for that role. Patrick was the perfect actor for that role.

    August 10, 2011 at 10:37 pm | Report abuse |
  43. Hilery

    Justin Timberlake no no no

    August 10, 2011 at 9:56 pm | Report abuse |
  44. mia

    Lea Michele and Justin Timberlake would be a DREAM TEAM!!!

    August 10, 2011 at 9:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Krista

      Heck NO!! Those two are so annoying and completely full of themselves. Timberlake isnt even a good actor. He really needs to stick with singing. Leah Michelle is just straight up annoying.

      August 11, 2011 at 12:31 pm | Report abuse |
  45. Mark

    “Patrick Swayze set the bar for men dancing in the movies,”
    How about Fred Astaire, Donald O'Connor, Gene Kelly? Seems the bar was set pretty high long before Dirty Dancing.

    August 10, 2011 at 8:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tony

      Thank you Mark for pointing out that the dancing bar among men was set very high before Patrick Swayze danced (and very well) in ONE MOVIE. Gene Kelly, et al. are evidently unknown to many people in what we like to call "the information age." As far as dancers go, there are male dancers on Broadway dancing in shows year-round and dancers dancing in touring companies, cruise ships, etc. Just because you are not aware of something doesn't mean it doesn't exist!

      August 10, 2011 at 9:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • crissy

      mark, CNN missed some of the parts of this interview...the comment on Patrick Swayze "setting the bar" was made after a mention of Fred Astaire & Gene Kelly were giving props for setting the bar in their time.....CNN please report completely!

      August 11, 2011 at 9:58 am | Report abuse |
  46. JD

    Most successful box office films are remade at some point. There's loads of great material out there, but the remakes as well as the revamped sit coms are believed to be a solid gold sure success. That being said I agree with the suggestion of Lea Michele as Baby. And Justin Timberlake in Swayze's role

    August 10, 2011 at 7:53 pm | Report abuse |
  47. Catlady

    can anyone say Derek Hough?

    August 10, 2011 at 7:24 pm | Report abuse |
  48. jurby

    enough of the frikken remakes of every bloody tv show and movie ever made!!!! obviously Hollywood's writers have run out of new creative ideas that they've resorted to "gee, let's do a remake of every tv show and movie ever made! yeah, what a great idea everybody!". same with all the ridiculous amounts of movie sequels. sorry but Final Destination was enough – why make a bazillion more that are nothing more than the same dam* story but with different character names? same with Saw and all the other cra* movies that keep getting more and more useless sequels. i watched Dallas in the 80's – why must there be a remake? same with all the other 80's and 90's shows. what's next? a remake of Gilligans Island, Fantasy Island and the Brady Bunch. C'mon Hollywood, get your asses out of the archives and create new stuff instead of rehashing things that have already had their life time years ago.

    August 10, 2011 at 7:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • MikeyNYC

      You are right, jurby! We used to have wonderful films with original ideas, but now all we get from Hollywood today is a dearth of remakes and "re-imaginings". What is even worse is that many of the remakes are of films that weren't good to begin with! Hollywood used to be a place of new ideas and original thoughts and now all we get today is recycled crap. The blame doesn't fall on Hollywood alone, of course, since movies are a business. If these terrible remakes and abhorrent sequels weren't making money, they wouldn't be made, so its up to the public to demand better entertainment.

      August 10, 2011 at 9:27 pm | Report abuse |
  49. Lyndsey

    I love dirty dancing...saw it at the theatre over 100 times in the 80's. On the tape than the dvd of the movie...and have bought the soundtrack numerous times in different formats. if the movie is updated and done right it could be great. Thanks to So You Think You Can Dance...there are several male dancers on the scene that could carry the movie...and they would be unique. For me, no one can ever replace the magic that was Patrick Swayze. However I think someone like Niel Haskell could do a phenominal job in an updated role. As to female leads...look at a Kayla, or Melanie or Lauren.

    August 10, 2011 at 6:54 pm | Report abuse |
  50. JM

    I don't know about this....the original Dirty Dancing is a classic...remaking it might be fine for some but honestly, nothing will ever be better than the original!

    August 10, 2011 at 6:28 pm | Report abuse |
  51. Nathan

    Dirty Dancing is one of those films that needs to be left alone. Hollywood has run dry on original ideas for years now and this is another example of, "it ain't gonna work".

    August 10, 2011 at 6:18 pm | Report abuse |
  52. Bonita

    I am wary of a Dirty Dancing remake. Remember Havana Nights (ugh)?

    For many Jewish women of my and other generations the original Dirty Dancing was kind of like our Tyler Perry movie. By that I mean the character of Baby was not conventionally (read: WASP) attractive but had a lot of character and values that we admired. And unlike so many American films abd TV shows that depict conventionally unattractive Jewish males winning the love of good looking blonde "shikses" ( Knocked Up for one), in Dirty Dancing an average ethnic looking Jewish woman wins the heart of a good looking blonde "shaygitz" .

    Without re-writing the story (Havana Nights, ugh) I could see Lea Michele in the role of Baby. I'd love to see that.

    August 10, 2011 at 6:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • dee

      People really need to stop saying things like that, they are very, very racist. This equation between "unattractive" and "Jewish" needs to go away. Seriously. Especially when there are so many alternatives out there, i.e. google pictures of Natalie Portman, Mila Kunis, Logan Lerman, Andrew Garfield, etc. to see some good – looking Jews.

      Tyler Perry? Yes, the difference is Tyler Perry movies feature ridiculously attractive African-American men and women. If there was a movie like that about Jews starring the actors I just mentioned you would probably say something like oh how unJewish they all are, which is absurd and racist.

      August 11, 2011 at 9:25 pm | Report abuse |
  53. Vip

    I LOVED Dirty Dancing the first time I saw it (early teen years). I do not want a remake of the classic movie-most remakes these days end up being sh!t anyway...

    August 10, 2011 at 6:00 pm | Report abuse |
  54. alecia

    The story in CNNs site said the producer wanted to discover the "next Patrick Swayze". Anyone worth hiring would be able to stand on their own merits and not because they remind people of the original person. And good luck finding the next Patrick Swayze.

    August 10, 2011 at 5:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • PaulMATL

      Justin Beiber, Justin Timberlake, Zach Efron...I can see Hollywood casting someone like that just to get a draw. How about the guy that played Zuckerberg in The Social Network as Kellermann's obnoxious grandson?
      Ashley Tinsdale as Baby's sister.

      August 11, 2011 at 3:54 pm | Report abuse |
  55. fishnrides

    So lame to remake this movie. Remakes just show a lack of creativity from the production companies. This movie was wonderfully done and has no need to be redone!

    August 10, 2011 at 5:18 pm | Report abuse |
  56. Superhiro

    Remake/Reboot/Re-imaginging #33 announced by Hollywood this year.

    August 10, 2011 at 5:16 pm | Report abuse |
  57. ann

    Jennifer Gray wants a remake for all the publicity she'll get. Shame on her. A remake is a bad idea and fans are letting it be known on numerous websites.

    August 10, 2011 at 5:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • JM

      She has nothing to do with the remake...she was just saying she thinks it's fine. Jeez....don't beat up on her...they were just asking her opinion!

      August 10, 2011 at 6:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mel


      August 12, 2011 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
  58. kerry

    DO NOT remake Dirty Dancing!!! Its will and can never be the same without the same actors!!! Dont ruin a good thing!!!

    August 10, 2011 at 4:38 pm | Report abuse |
  59. D. Alan Curry

    Someoine asked who J. Grey should come back as in a remake. The role of Vivian Pressman comes to mind.

    August 10, 2011 at 4:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Glenn

      Though it's a curious prospect, the whole project seems pointless.

      September 1, 2011 at 11:32 am | Report abuse |
  60. lakitta

    I hate that they are doing a remake do't mess up the orignally movie

    August 10, 2011 at 4:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • jujubeans

      you don't understand the concept. They're not going to do anything to the original.

      August 10, 2011 at 4:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dennis

      Kenny Ortega is to good to ruin the script or even have any effect on the original. Remakes can work and up dating this to today's kids could be really interesting. i say go for it. If it flops, it flops. The original will still remain the classic it is. If it is a success it won't harm the original in any way and may get it a whole new audience.

      August 10, 2011 at 6:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jo

      If they're not going to do anything to the original, then why do it? Show me one re-make that wasn't different from the first. They have no business re-making, that's all they do now. They should use new artist's, with new scripts, and imagination, which Hollywood has apparently lost.

      August 11, 2011 at 12:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • lalaland

      @jujubean: Except that they are re-making the original...with new people and new music and new in pretty much all respects they are doing "something" to the original. After this movie is released, people will no longer have a close assoication with the original or those characters. It will be a muddled mess of the old and the new. Hollywood needs to learn to leave well enough alone and come up with something new.

      August 12, 2011 at 10:34 am | Report abuse |
    • PDubNYC

      I don't think any of you understand juju beans point. They are not going to touch the original. It will remain exactly how you remember it and you are free to re-watch it any time you want. If you don't like the idea of the remake, then don't see it. Personally I think it is pretty pathetic that hollywood is doing one re-make/reboot after another, with maybe 5-10% of them worth seeing.

      Then again, I was never a big fan of Dirty Dancing to begin with

      August 22, 2011 at 11:34 am | Report abuse |
    • she

      the movie was set in the past though.. I think an updated remake would take away from that.. Thats why the pregnancy was such a tragic part of the original movie... You wont have that same issue now, she would not have tried to go to a back alley abortion doctor because abortions are legal...

      August 30, 2011 at 11:08 am | Report abuse |
    • Jessica

      She, the original movie was made in the 80's when abortions were legal. It was set in the past even when it was brand new. I've seen nothing yet that says the time frame the movie takes place will be updated.

      September 4, 2011 at 8:57 pm | Report abuse |
  61. Pee Nutt

    My mom loves this movie so much she saw it while she was in college, I finally watched it for the first six years ago and fell in love with it also.I do not want to see a remake why can't the word respect make a come back in Hollywood.

    August 10, 2011 at 4:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • ladydi

      Nobody could ever replace Swayze – he was one in a million in this role. And the same with "baby", although homely in a cute sort of way, shouldnt't be replaced – its a classic!!!!

      August 24, 2011 at 4:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Fynn

      Haha! I am not familiar with the book but this is so cute! Did you draw the oragne or is it from a photo? I love how she is looking at it so carefully, in case it might sprout legs and rush her!

      April 24, 2012 at 6:59 am | Report abuse |

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