Jessica’s got love for you if you were born as a Swayze, a Swayze. The only thing she loves more than Swayze is books and puns. She is currently reading a book about anti-gravity and she can’t put it down. Here are five three films that stay with her…
Crazy for Swayze: 3 films to remember him by
The winter of 2009 was a killer, and I mean that in the literal sense.
Within the three months between the end of June and the start of September, celebs were dropping like flies all over the place – first Michael Jackson shut the gates of Neverland for good, then Farrah Fawcett joined the angel squad in heaven …followed by a litany of other known (and not-so-well-known) film and music stars reaching their untimely demise.
P-Sway (as I like to call him) was a gifted (and often underrated) actor whose carefully attuned dramatic abilities were combined with moves like Jagger wished he’d had. Here are three films that are a must-watch when remembering this Texan cowboy:
1 – Dirty Dancing: Just like nobody puts baby in a corner, no-one can write a list about Swayze without mentioning this legendary film. The cult hit was originally released in 1987 and then re-released ten years later in 1997 due to popular demand (off the back of a campaign mounted -weirdly!- by Conan O’Brien). It has all the hallmarks of a true Hollywood classic – romance, dancing, drama and most importantly, a brilliant soundtrack featuring none other than the dulcet tones of the man himself – P-Sway singing She’s like the Wind. Swoon.
2 – Point Break: Everyone thought the river scene in Dirty Dancing where Swayze lifts baby out of the deep was the sexiest move to hit the water – until 1991 rolled around and P-Sway upped the ante again, this time as a tussled and muscled surf god with a penchant for danger. Teaming up with Johnny Utah for a rollicking two hours of sand-filled suspense, this movie had something for everyone: robberies, guns, a cameo from Keidis (for the RHCP loving lads), and for the ladies Swayze stripped down in his wetsuit in Australia to catch his final ultimate wave.
3 – Ghost: Just when we thought Swayze had reached peak-water sexiness, he gave us Ghost – a movie that is notable not just for Whoopi Goldberg back in the
acting arena, but was also responsible for a spike in women surreptitiously taking up pottery classes everywhere in the hopes that he would visit them in their sleep
singing Henry the Eighth at the top of his voice. Despite the fact he plays a dead guy for the majority of the film, he won our hearts all over again with yet another cranking soundtrack that left us hungering for his touch, of which we will be for a long, lonely time.
RIP Swayze. Lust we forget.