La La star goes Ga Ga af­ter ‘Dirty Danc­ing lift’ does not go to plan

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LA LA Land star Emma Stone has spo­ken about the drama be­hind her fa­mous “Dirty Danc­ing lift” in her hit film Crazy Stupid Love.

In the 2011 film the ac­tress and her co-star Ryan Gosling recre­ated the scene in which Pa­trick Swayze lifts Jen­nifer Grey over his head in the 1987 film for the mod­ern ro­man­tic com­edy, but it came close to end­ing in dis­as­ter.

Stone, who re-teamed with Gosling for the the new mu­si­cal La La Land, told last night’s Gra­ham Nor­ton Show: “The Dirty Danc­ing lift didn’t go to plan. When I was seven years old, I broke both my arms be­cause my gym teacher let go of my an­kles when I was on par­al­lel bars and I fell six feet to the ground.

“When we did the film, I knew Ryan was go­ing to lift me up, but what I didn’t know was that I had an in­ter­nalised pho­bia about be­ing lifted six feet in the air and it all went hor­ri­bly wrong.

“I went into full melt­down, I had to lie down and watch Labyrinth while cry­ing!”

Gosling said: “I’ve never had this ex­pe­ri­ence, but I can only imag­ine if a pos­sum fell out of a tree, landed on my head and tried to scratch my eyes out it would be some­thing sim­i­lar!”

Stone, who re­cently scored a Golden Globe for La La Land, said the duo also came close to a dis­as­ter when they were film­ing their most re­cent project and went to meet Gene Kelly’s widow Pa­tri­cia Ward Kelly with di­rec­tor Damien Chazelle.

He told the show: “We went to meet her, which was won­der­ful and she shared a lot of his sto­ries.

“But, af­ter this mag­i­cal night, we man­aged to let her lit­tle dog out on to the street. We were run­ning in and out of traf­fic try­ing to catch it and there was a mo­ment when Damien looked and me and said ‘We will not kill Gene Kelly’s widow’s dog!’”

STARS: Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone at La La gala.

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