Patrick Swayze Documentary: 6 Touching Moments That Will 100% Make You Cry

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Paramount Network released a documentary dedicated to a late actor Patrick Swayze that died 10 years ago battling pancreatic cancer. The movie is titled ‘I Am Patrick Swayze’ that reveals the key events and moments in his life. 

I Am Patrick Swayze premieres Sunday, August 18 – see the trailer for the documentary below:

So, here’s Nexter.org‘s choice of 6 most memorable and touching moments from Patrick Swayze documentary “I Am Patrick Swayze”.

Never wanted to be a ‘Sex Symbol’

From the very beginning, we hear the line revealing that Swayze had a lot of insecurities we didn’t expect him to have.

“I think the biggest thing for me about insecurity is,” Swayze says.  “I’ve always been very insecure and had these problems go on in my insides and this tension and this not liking myself stuff.”

Moreover, he fought hard to be taken seriously and not to have the “life after sex symbol.”

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Swayze’s depression and alcoholism

Not many know what Swayze and his now-widow Lisa Niemi had gone through battling with the actor’s depression and alcoholism problems: “I have these demons that run around in my insides. I’ve done everything in the world thinking I’m going to get rid of them, and I don’t know if I ever will,” Patrick stated.

“It’s horrible,” Niemi says, “because to stay was killing me, but to leave would have killed me, too.”

His wife even had to leave him for some time as this addiction was influencing their marriage. “He’d be bubbly and fun, and then as soon as he’s by himself and alone, he would just crash,” his wife adds.

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Dancing with grace

One of the most iconic roles of is Johnny Castle from Dirty Dancing. From the very childhood, Patrick Swayze was engaged in multiple sports activities including classical ballet, acting in school plays, ice-skating.

The cast of the   Skatetown U.S.A and Dirty Dancing remember him as an amazing dancer and skater that moved with grace oozing sexiness and passion.

Also, he met his future wife  Lisa Niemi as a teenager at his mother’s dance studio. His mother, Patsy Swayze says: “When I turn on the TV and there he is, it’s like, ‘That’s my child. That’s not their big superstar. That’s my son.’”

“Patrick had something about him that was very rugged, but he also had that beautiful, gentle, sensuous ability to move,” Ghost star Demi Moore adds.

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“Patrick performed like he had something to prove,” Rob Lowe says. “He was a gymnast, a world-class cowboy, a ballet dancer … really?”

Dirty Dancing Festival

Lisa Niemi is a supporter of the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network (PanCAN). Some of the money is raised at an upcoming event in Lake Lure, where scenes from “Dirty Dancing” were filmed.

This festival takes place on September 13-14 and is a tribute to its 10th anniversary in 2019. Niemi’s aim is to spread awareness about the programs and services based on the last pancreatic cancer research.

Even though the movie premiered more than 30 years ago, a lot of fans gather together each year to dance to “She’s Like the Wind” and “Hungry Eyes” soundtracks from Dirty Dancing.

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Swayze fought for the lead role in Ghost

The director of Ghost had some doubts about casting Patrick as a lead male actor after his “bouncer” appearance in “Road House.”

However, when he came and read his part at the audition, he left them in tears and convinced to give him the role.

“His appreciation and his openness were wonderful attributes to have in a partner,” Demi Moore revealed.

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Actor shot between cancer treatments

When iconic 90s star learned about his 5% chance of surviving pancreatic cancer, he shot the TV-series “The Beast” for 14- to 16-hour per day. “You’re only on this planet for so long,” he stated. “You could be dead tomorrow, go for it now.”

Swayze got chemotherapy on the weekends and completed the season before the death.

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