Today I Learned: Dirty Dancing's Lead Actress Lost Her Entire Career Because Of A Nose Job

All that's needed to disappear off the face of the earth is a rhinoplasty.

From the soundtrack, the chemistry of Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey, and of course, the dancing, Dirty Dancing defied all expectations and proved that a movie involving an excessive amount of gyrating could go down in history as one of the defining flicks of the 80’s.

While the film made a stars out of the two leads, only Swayze parlayed that buzz into a blockbuster career while Grey kinda just disappeared off the face of the earth.

So what exactly happened? How did one of the hottest actresses in the 80’s, one who appeared in iconic films like Dirty Dancing and Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, lose it all?

Well it’s all because of a nose job.

Yeah, that was my first reaction too when I learned about this.

After her career cooled off a bit during the early 90s, Grey decided to undergo a nose job in an attempt to revive her slowly flagging career with a new look.

But instead of having film roles being offered to her left and right following the surgery, her new schnoz had the complete opposite effect. Grey looked completely different after her nose job, so much so that even her close friends couldn’t recognise her.

To give you an idea how drastically different Grey looks pre and post nose job, here she is in Dirty Dancing:

And here she is some time after her rhinoplasties:

384409 05: Actress Jennifer Grey attends The National Board of Review Awards January 16, 2001 at Tavern on the Green in New Yor City. (Photo by George De Sota/Newsmakers)

Yup. Subtle yet somehow almost unrecognisable.

Grey basically had to start her career from scratch and even thought about changing names before deciding against it. It’s a tough thing to go from appearing in two smash hit films, dancing with Patrick Swayze and scoring a Golden Globe nomination in doing so to competing with newbies for tiny bit roles in forgettable TV shows.

In the words of Grey herself: “I went into the operating theatre a celebrity and came out anonymous. It was like being in a witness protection program or being invisible.”

Probably the most notable thing she’s done in her post-rhinopasty career is appear on Dancing With The Stars, where she dusted off some old Dirty Dancing moves and proceeded to win the entire competition. But other than that, she sadly hasn’t been able to reach the same level of fame as her 80s heyday.

You can’t put Baby in a corner but it turns out you can make her disappear with a nose job.

Scarlett Johansson Is Proof That Hollywood Still Has A Lot To Learn About Whitewashing

Another day, another ScarJo faux pas.

“Foot in mouth” disease is something we all get from time to time and Scarlett Johansson caught a huge case of it when she said that she “should be allowed to play any person, or any tree, or any animal” because she’s an *checks notes* an actor.

Given the controversy over her being cast as Major Motoko Kusanagi in 2017’s live-action adaptation of Ghost in the Shell and her being cast (and subsequent withdrawal from the role) as Dante “Tex” Gill, a transgender man, in an upcoming biopic called Rub & Tug, her comment went about as well as you expected and the subsequent internet dogpile was as brutal as it was hilarious.

“I’ve made a huge mistake.”

Scarlett quickly clarified her comments and played the “taken out of context” card, telling Buzzfeed in a statement that she was merely trying to say “any actor should be able to play anybody and art, in all forms, should be immune to political correctness” but her words came out all cross-eyed.

To be fair, she does acknowledge that “there is a wide spread discrepancy amongst [her] industry that favors Caucasian, cis-gendered actors and that not every actor has been given the same opportunities that [she’s] have been privileged to” so it’s not like she’s totally clueless about the whole thing.

Well, mostly.

Now as fun as it is to take the piss out of Scarlett (again) for saying something dumb regarding identity politics and “art”, we shouldn’t focus all the memes and jokes on her alone.

Cis actors playing trans people and whitewashing has been around for ages and Scarlett is far from the only actor to dip their toes in those unsavoury pools. Despite minorities and underrepresented communities getting greater awareness these days in media, the sad truth is that Hollywood has a long way to go before it gets to a place where it remotely resembles acceptable.

So with Scarlett’s latest kerfuffle still fresh in everyone’s minds, let’s just take a short trip down memory lane and remember a few notable times where Hollywood decided to cast white, cisgender folks in minority roles that could’ve gone to, you know, actual people from those communities.

Emma Stone in Aloha

No matter how you spin this or how many lines of expository dialogue you shove in the script explaining it, no one is going to buy Emma Stone playing a character who is of Swedish, Hawaiian and Chinese descent.

The cast of Exodus: Gods and Kings

For a film about ancient Egypt set in Biblical times, there’s a noticeable lack of Egyptians in it and no amount of method acting from Christian Bale or Aaron Paul can make up for it.

Jared Leto in Dallas Buyers Club

Whereas Scarlett got blasted for getting cast as a transgender man, Jared Leto got oodles of critical acclaim for playing Rayon, a transgender woman dying of AIDS, and ended up winning an Oscar for his performance. Seems like losing half your body weight for a role really does take attention away from the whole cis actor playing a trans person thing.

Eddie Redmayne in The Danish Girl

Basically the same thing as Jared Leto in Dallas Buyers Club except that Eddie was playing a real life person, Lili Elbe, and he “only” got an Oscar nomination and not the win.

Jeffrey Tambor in Transparent

Again, same situation as Jared Leto and Eddie Redmayne, except that Transparent is a TV show and Jeffrey Tambor is a creep who has since been deservedly cancelled.

Mickey Rooney in Breakfast at Tiffany’s

Yeah, no words can describe how racist and wrong this is.

Today I Learned: Thanos' Original Reason For Snapping Half The Universe Away In Avengers Is Incredibly Dumb

If you thought his motivation in the films was dumb, you haven't seen anything yet.

Looking back at the whole Thanos saga in the Marvel Cinematic Universe now that it’s all over, it probably goes without saying that the Mad Titan’s ecological motivation for snapping away half the universe is pretty dumb.

But if you thought Thanos’ motivation in the films was ridiculous, it doesn’t hold a candle to his incredibly stupid reason in the comic books.

Infinity Gauntlet + ???? + Snappening = uh, profit?

In the Infinity Gauntlet comic arc which the films are based on, Thanos goes through the same journey of getting the Infinity Stones and Infinity Gauntlet so he can wipe out half the universe.

But his motivation for that isn’t because of some misguided plan to free up resources for living beings. The reason Thanos dusted half the universe is because he wants to bone Death.

In Thanos’ defence, Death looks less like the Grim Reaper and more like an actual woman in the comics than what you’re probably imagining right now. Anyway, his plan to get the Infinity Gauntlet so he can snap away half the universe was essentially some kind of mating ritual so he can prove his love to the female personification of Death.

So in short, the Mad Titan’s original motivation for the Snappening was less of the “saving the universe in my own way” kind and more of the “lovesick teenager trying to impress his crush” sort.

To Thanos’ chagrin though, Death still rejects him after he gets the Infinity Gauntlet and does the snap because she (it?) considers him to now be too powerful to be a mate. No matter how you look at it, getting the “it’s not you it’s me” excuse from Death cuts deep.

Just to throw a pile of salt in Thanos’ heartbroken wound, Death wounds up getting freaky with another Marvel character: Deadpool. Yeah. Weirdest love triangle ever.

Jealous that the Merc with a Mouth stole his, uh, girl, Thanos decides to curse Deadpool with immortality, which is why the red-suited buffoon can never die in the comics. Sounds exactly like the mature response you’d get from an omnipotent being with the emotional development of a 14-year-old.

So yes, Thamos’ motivations for the Snappening in the films was dumb. But compared to his original reason of wanting Death to accept him as a lover in the comics, it almost seems like the plan of a genius mastermind.

It’s perhaps for the best that Marvel decided to go down the misguided ecological route instead of the horny, emo teenager who literally flirts with Death option.

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