Rewind: Patrick Swayze's Relationship Secret
By ROBERT PACE
June 20, 2012
Fresh off of playing a bouncer in the action film Roadhouse, Patrick Swayze got in touch with his softer side in the love story Ghost, a role type that he believed was in his niche despite playing a variety of roles.
This Pop Culture Rewind takes you back to this date in 1990 when Swayze was being interviewed about the upcoming film, which was immensely successful at the box office ($505.7 million, which is roughly $1.4 billion when taking inflation into account).
"With Sam (his character), I sorta feel like I'm coming home," he says in the featured flashback, "After a couple of action movies, my insides were really screaming for doing something that people would walk out of the theater feeling great about their life...I needed to do a character that was based in love, that was based in real human things."
Although he related to his character's fundamental drive for love, he didn't quite relate to his character's stance on commitment, which was nothing like his real-life commitment to his wife Lisa.
Swayze attributes his prospering relationship with the woman he married in 1975 and remained married to until his death in 2009 to their ideological riddance of fairy tale notions of how a marriage operates.
"So many times we marry a picture and if that person ever changes or grows...then you gotta...invalidate them and say, 'Hey, you're not the person I fell in love with! Be that person I fell in love with or we're outta here,' the then 39-year-old Swayze says. "That's not what it's about...I think it's about support and not about Prince Charming and Snow White."
Well-said, Mr. Swayze.