John Leguizamo’s onscreen brawl with his To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar co-star Patrick Swayze was so realistic because the two actors were close to coming to blows for real.
Leguizamo and Swayze played drag queens in the 1995 film and the Latino star admits they didn’t have to dig too deep to find the anger they needed for a scrap.
In an interview on Watch What Happens Live on Tuesday, Leguizamo reveals, “We did this scene where we were supposed to fight together. It was very realistic because we had a lot of off-screen beef.
“Swayze was cool, he was chill; I was a young actor trying to make it and I was just, like, ad-libbing like crazy. And he was like, ‘You gotta stop that’. And I went, ‘Make me’.”
He continued, “I’m (from) New York. I get ghetto sometimes. I was a little insecure. But (co-star) Wesley (Snipes) was even like, ‘Oh, I got your back’. And then we put it into the scene.”
The two actors never came to blows off-screen, although Leguizamo admits they “pushed each other (around)” and challenged each other to throw a punch. The tension on set served both stars well – they earned Golden Globe nominations for their roles.
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