The Secrets Behind Patrick Swayze's Most Memorable Roles

E! Online | 8/18/2019 | Staff
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The title didn't roll off the tongue, but the sweet story about three drag performers who get stranded in a small Nebraska town, where some minds don't want to be opened, still charms.

"From the first time I heard about [the movie], I knew I wanted to be in it," Swayze, who played the matriarchal Vida Boheme, wrote in his 2009 memoir, The Time of My Life. "It would be an amazing challenge to transform myself into a convincing woman, and playing a man in drag would really stretch me."

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It was 1995 and, multiple sources told Yahoo! Entertainment 20 years later, an array of Hollywood leading men—from Mel Gibson and Robert Downey Jr. to John Cusack and Willem Dafoe—agreed to screen-test in drag for the part of Vida, which was cast after John Leguizamo and Wesley Snipes had signed on.

"I just took Patrick Swayze's life growing up in redneck Texas, having a mother as a choreographer, and trying to find out who I was," Swayze later told The Advocate. "I just took that life and changed it to a boy who has had feminine tendencies all his life and discovered that is who he is. I found Vida very easy to identify with."


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