Why Jennifer Grey Passed on ‘Dirty Dancing’ Reboot

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Jennifer Grey was offered a role in ABC’s upcoming television movie, but respectfully declined.

“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,” she told The Hollywood Reporter. “But for me, it would be sacrosanct for me to do it because it didn’t feel appropriate to me.”

Grey explained to reporters that reboots should stand on their own. “If feels like if you’re going to do your own thing, do your own thing. I wouldn’t say [what role I was offered], but I will tell you, it wasn’t Baby!”

Replacing Jennifer Gray is Abigail Breslin from Little Miss Sunshine, and Scream Queens alongside Sarah Hyland, Bruce Greenwood and Debra Messing. The Dirty Dancing reboot will also replace Patrick Swayze with Colt Prattes.

Despite not appearing in the TV movie, Grey is excited to see the new production.

“I am always interested in any iteration of something where they feel there’s more to be gotten, and I would love to see what they come up with…Tommy Kail (Hamilton) directed it, and I’m obsessed with Hamilton, so that’s thrilling to me. I think they’ve got wonderful actors in it. I’m going to be watching it, and I’m excited. My only advice is to own it for yourself because we all just do our interpretation, and I’m only flattered and excited for people who are excited enough to put their stamp on it and see what they make of it and how they make it their own.”

Filming for ABC’s Dirty Dancing took place in Wilmington, North Carolina back in May. The new ‘Dirty Dancing’ remake will be a three-episode TV miniseries on ABC. The TV miniseries will feature a “night of singing and dancing as we update the classic film ‘Dirty Dancing’ as a three-hour event.” According to our previous report, Dirty Dancing will will create 1,225 jobs in North Carolina including 900 extras, 30 cast members and 225 “crew/full time” jobs.


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