#Movies & TV

Jennifer Grey Will Not Be in “Dirty Dancing” Remake

by Chad Taylor

Jennifer Grey Will Not Be in “Dirty Dancing” Remake

The star of the 1987 original was offered a role in the upcoming remake but turned it down, calling the original “sacrosanct.”


Did you know they were remaking Dirty Dancing? The 1987 original starring Jennifer Grey and Patrick Swayze at maximum Swayze became an instant classic, and has remained so, even as time and age have increased the camp-factor. But the announcement of a re-imagining, being made as a TV movie for ABC, has been met with a degree of…let’s say skepticism.


The remake will feature Abigail Breslin in the Jennifer Grey/Baby role, with professional dancer/sometime actor Colt Prattes taking over the role of Johnny Castle, the bad boy with a heart of gold that Swayze made insta-famous. The rest of the cast features some solid TV veterans, including Katey Segal and Debora Messing, but one person who absolutely will not be playing along is Grey herself.


“I was asked to do something on that show and I was flattered because I always want to be asked because it’s nice to want to be included. But for me, it would be sacrosanct for me to do it because it didn’t feel appropriate to me,” she told The Hollywood Reporter unfortunately using “sacrosanct” when we’re pretty sure she meant “sacrilegious.”


Grey went on to say that she would rather see the remake “do it’s own thing,” and stand on its own merits, rather than gain any traction from simply having her name attached. Though the new project, slated to be a three hour event and written by American Horror Story writer Jessica Sharzer, does not yet have a scheduled release date, principal shooting is completed. Which kind of begs the question: What role was Jennifer Grey offered?


“I wouldn’t say,” Grey told Hollywood Reporter, “but I will tell you, it wasn’t Baby!”