Swayze role a treat
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.