Abigail Breslin and Colt Prattes, who are leading the star-studded cast of ABC’s remake of the 1987 classic “Dirty Dancing,” said it took them months of training to nail the iconic “lift” scene.
The climactic lift scene in the original is one of the most memorable moments in film history. It called for Jennifer Grey, who played Frances “Baby” Houseman, to run and leap into Patrick Swayze’s arms as he lifted her over his head in front of a ballroom full of people, set to the song “(I’ve Had) The Time of My Life,” recorded by Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes.
Prattes, who takes on Swayze’s original role of Johnny Castle in the three-hour ABC remake, and like Swayze was a trained dancer before he picked up acting, whereas Breslin, who plays Baby, was a dance novice. “Dirty Dancing” will air on May 24 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.
“I don’t think I could have done this with anybody else in the world, because [of] the amount of trust that it takes to literally just jump into somebody’s arms and hope that they catch you,” said Breslin.
Prattes said he and Breslin started off practicing with him lying on the floor, holding Breslin’s hands and lifting her up with his feet.
“I would lay on the ground and I’d just put my arms up, and she’d put her hips right here [on my feet],” Prattes said.
“And even just lifting my hand off of the floor, you would think that I was bungee jumping out of an airplane,” added Breslin.
Breslin, known for her role in “Little Miss Sunshine” and TV’s “Scream Queens,” said she was not acting in the scenes where her character is being taught how to dance.
“I’m not a dancer, I’m not graceful, I can’t even walk in a straight line,” she said. “I couldn’t be the furthest thing from somebody who would be seen as, like, ‘Wow, she’s so poised.’ Like, nobody’s ever said that about me.”
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