COLT FOL­LOW­ING

STAR OF ABC’S NEW DIRTY DANC­ING RE­MAKE COLT PRATTES GETS REAL ABOUT TAK­ING ONE OF HOL­LY­WOOD’S ICONIC ROLES. BY LAU­REN EPSTEIN

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There’s a new Johnny Cas­tle in the Catskills—this time played by Las Ve­gas na­tive Colt Prattes. Last seen in Ve­gas as Stacee Jaxx in Rock of Ages, Prattes’s has landed his big­gest role yet—op­po­site Abi­gail Bres­lin—in ABC’S Dirty Danc­ing re-cre­ation.

Where were you when you got the role? I was on the fourth floor of the Wynn park­ing struc­ture, drop­ping my wife off be­cause she was do­ing Show­stop­pers. I got a call from the di­rec­tor and we jumped out of the car and started run­ning in cir­cles scream­ing. How did you pre­pare? I went to a lot of dance classes. I didn’t know any­thing about samba or tango or mambo or any of that. How long did it take you to per­fect the lift? You never per­fect that lift. You can do it a mil­lion times. I’ve done ver­sions of that lift my en­tire dance [ca­reer]. It took un­til the mo­ment [Bres­lin] knew that I wouldn’t let any­thing hap­pen to her, and the mo­ment I knew she was ca­pa­ble and would do her part. How daunt­ing is it to take on such an iconic role? The only thing I can say is that I loved Patrick Swayze. I just wanted to do what I felt he did, which was ap­proach [the role] with his heart open. You can’t do bet­ter than Patrick Swayze—that should never be the goal. I just hope that peo­ple get some­thing from it the way I got some­thing from what he did.

above: Las Ve­gas na­tive Colt Prattes head­lines ABC’S new adap­ta­tion of Dirty Danc­ing pre­mier­ing May 24. inset: If you’ve seen the orig­i­nal movie’s “lift” scene a thou­sand times, Prattes and co-star Abi­gail Bres­lin have a new one to fall in love with.

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