Believe it or not, next month will mark the 10th anniversary of Patrick Swayze’s death. The multitalented performer wasn’t just a big-screen star, in films like Ghost and Dirty Dancing. He was also a Broadway performer, a ballet dancer, and — thanks to the Top 10 hit She’s Like the Wind — a pop music star. But while he left behind a large body of work, there’s still a lot the public didn’t know about Swayze. With his new documentary I Am Patrick Swayze, director Adrien Buitenhuis aims to connect the private man with his public persona by talking to those who knew him best, as he did with previous I Am documentaries about Heath Ledger, Paul Walker, and Sam Kinison. Before he left us, Swayze talked to us about the things that motivated him to pursue a career in show business. (Click on the media bar below to hear Patrick Swayze)
Not all of Swayze’s movies were big hits, but one in particular has evolved into a cult favorite. Road House didn’t fare very well with the critics — Roger Ebert damned the movie with faint praise by saying it was “right on the edge of the ‘good-bad movie’ and the merely bad, while others weren’t nearly as kind. And it didn’t fare so well at the box office, either, barely scraping across the $30 million mark. But Swayze was proud of the movie and thought there was a much deeper meaning to it that was lost in the film’s excessive violence. (Click on the media bar below to hear Patrick Swayze)
I Am Patrick Swayze airs on Swayze’s birthday, August 18, on the Paramount Network.