Swayze role a treat

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FOX­TEL’S up­com­ing screen­ing of Ghost is a chance for Pa­trick Swayze fans to see the ac­tor at his best.

Who can for­get his per­for­mance as Sam Wheat play­ing along­side Demi Moore as fi­ancee Molly Jensen? Wheat may be in the af­ter­life, but Swayze the ac­tor is fit, strong, healthy and ooz­ing charisma.

It’s a shock to see the change in the ac­tor’s ap­pear­ance 18 years later as he bat­tles pan­cre­atic can­cer.

The 56-year-old ac­tor said in a re­cent in­ter­view with Bar­bara Wal­ters that he be­lieved he had only two years to live but was try­ing to re­main strong. He said he had missed only 1½ days of work out of five months on gritty new FBI TV se­ries The Beast be­cause of his can­cer treat­ment.

‘‘I’d say five years is pretty wish­ful think­ing,’’ he told Wal­ters. ‘‘Two years seems likely if you be­lieve the statis­tics.

‘‘I want to last un­til they find a cure, which means I’d bet­ter get a fire un­der it.’’

Since then, how­ever, Swayze was hos­pi­talised for pneu­mo­nia, only hours be­fore he was sched­uled to ap­pear on a press tour to pro­mote The Beast.

The show, which pre­mieres to­mor­row in the US, fea­tures Swayze as tough FBI vet­eran Charles Barker.

The pro­duc­ers learned Swayze had can­cer only four hours af­ter the A&E net­work com­mis­sioned a 12-episode se­ries of the show. The Beast pi­lot di­rec­tor Michael Din­ner plans to start film­ing a sec­ond se­ries as early as March and he in­sists Swayze will be on board.

‘‘All our think­ing is about Barker as played by Pa­trick Swayze,’’ he said last week.

Mem­o­rable:

Pa­trick Swayze.

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