It’s official. Patrick Swayze has pancreatic cancer. This is one of the bad cancers. The survival numbers aren’t good. The initial reports said he had 5 weeks to live, but his doctors have said this is bullshit. For right now the doctors say the cancer is limited and Swayze is responding well to treatment.
I know this is a tough time for everyone, and maybe you don’t want to get out of bed and face a world where Swayze has cancer, but it’s important we all stay strong for Swayze. Let’s not try and make sense of this. Instead, let’s try and remember all that Swayze has given us.
Eventually we can mobilize and maybe have a Dance against Cancer Swayze Dance-a-thon or something. But for now, I just want to get everyone more Swayze aware; by discussing possible answers to the question we are all asking ourselves:
This is one of those questions that will be talked about for the next thousand years, like Roe vs. Wade or Brown vs. Board of Education or O.J. vs. Those People He Killed. It’s hard to say who would be the best candidate to kick Cancer’s Ass.
Let’s try to anyway…
Dalton – Roadhouse
Dalton just solved problems; it’s what he did. He saved the Double Deuce. Then he saved the town from Wesley. Someone in the town would probably give their pancreas to Swayze, even if it meant they would not be able to pancreate?? (I don’t know what a pancreas does.) That town owes Swayze… they owe him big.
In the battle against cancer Dalton would probably use his 3 simple rules.
- Never underestimate your opponent. Expect the unexpected.
- Take it outside.
- Be nice.
How he will take cancer outside and be nice to it is hard to say. But I’m not the one with a philosophy degree from NYU… that would be Dalton. Dalton is a hell of a fighter, some would say the best, but it’s his quest for self-realization and study of metaphysics that make him the cooler… the problem solver.
That… and his mentor Wade, was played by Sam Elliot. No one is tougher than Sam Elliot. Sam Elliot was Virgil in Tombstone, the narrator in Big Lebowski, and the Marlboro Man in Thank You for Smoking. He wins the awards for coolest voice and best mustache in every room he’s in, which may be the two most prestigious awards you can get. When he is not in the room the awards are called The Sam Elliot Awards for Best Mustache and Coolest Voice. Wade taught Dalton to be cooler. Wade was the best, and now Dalton is the best. If I were cancer, I would rather die than be killed by Dalton or Wade.
At one point Dalton sees a group of troublemakers enter the Double Deuce, one of which has a knife protruding from his left boot. He handles the situation like this…
Dalton – Sorry boys the bar is closed
Troublemaker– Then what are these people doing here?
Dalton – Having a good time.
Troublemaker – Well, that’s why we’re here to have a good time.
(TM now tries to kick Dalton with his knife-boot, but Dalton sees it coming and grabs his foot)
Dalton – No, you’re too stupid to have a good time.
I think of this every time I see someone lose their cool at a bar. You wouldn’t think someone could be too stupid to have a good time, but really that is the only explanation. Some guys go to bars not to meet babes and have a good time; some of em have something to prove. Some people are just too stupid to have a good time.
Jed – Red Dawn
Jed is a great candidate to kick cancer’s ass. A born leader, Jed commanded the Wolverine’s, a militia of American high school kids, who single handedly took down the Soviets and the Cubans, rescued their parents, and stopped Communism once and for all. So yeah, I think Jed could handle a little cancer. He led a group of makeshift soldiers, which included, Charlie Sheen (Platoon, Hot Shots), C. Thomas Howell (The Outsiders, Soul Man), Lea Thompson (Back to the Future), and Jennifer Grey (Dirty Dancing). Is there a tougher gang? Doubt it.
C. Thomas Howell, in case you don’t already know, is an 80’s icon with the likes of John Cusack and Patrick Dempsey. Howell has one edge on these two guys. He fought under Swayze twice, once in Red Dawn and once as Swayze’s little brother Ponyboy in The Outsiders. Quite the resume. However, I’m a bigger fan of his role in Soul Man, where he painted his face black to get into college as a minority… really funny, really offensive, and probably is the reason he is less successful than Cusack and Dempsey.
(Side Note: I once wrote an eight page paper in college entitled, “Cusack and Dempsey: God’s Among Men.” I think it was for an engineering class. I’m not a very good student.)
Matthew in Maryland makes his argument for Jed:
“ Swayze is great as all those Characters. But what beats a war hero? I mean seriously. I don’t know about you guys, but I am an American, A fucking Proud American…And Ill be damned if some commi assholes invades my beautiful country.
‘Your just a bunch scared little kids’ -Jed
He was right, and he turned those scared little kids into soldiers. Not only did he kill bad guys, but he showed those other boys how to be men and kill like men.”
You can’t fault a man for loving his country, and I certainly don’t fault Matthew for loving his Swayze. Jed is a solid Swayze to pick, like Matt said, nothing beats a war hero.
Let’s make this clear now. Comparing Swayze characters is like comparing Sexy apples to Badass oranges… there really is no wrong answer here.
Bodhi – Point Break
Bodhi is possibly the most well rounded Swayze. He’s fearless, crazy, above the law, and understands of the cosmic balance between man and nature. Bodhi would fight cancer like he fought the law or how he fought Anthony Kiedis’ gang of assholes. Back off Warchild!! Those guys only live to get radical; they’ll never get the spiritual side of it. Bodhi exemplified the spiritual side of being an outlaw surfer.
You know Bodhi wouldn’t stop fighting cancer until his last breath. You also know he couldn’t handle a cage. He would take on cancer like the fifty-year storm, and surf into it without fear or hesitation. Maybe he won’t paddle to New Zealand, but he isn’t scared of the ultimate.
I don’t see Bodhi going through chemotherapy; he would defiantly use alternative medicines. His understanding of nature and the human psyche is beyond that of any other Swayze, and he could use that to fight cancer in a ‘mind over body’ type style.
Here is Jesse in Jersey with his Bodhi argument:
“Swayze’s character Bodhi in Point Break would be the best candidate to beat the cancer. Swayze has kept a very positive attitude regarding the diagnosis, which is proven to help cancer survivors. If you recall Point Break, Bodhi’s mantra was completely positive and fearless.
“Fear causes hesitation, and hesitation will cause your worst fears to come true. ”
In the event of terminal cancer, Swayze would ride off into the surf, get radical for the last time and be one with the earth and heavens. By doing this, he will become the martyr which breeds the philosophical entity that changes human civilization as we know it. Swayze will live on forever, as he is a part of all of us.
I thank Swayze everyday because I would be lost without him.”
Agreed Jesse, agreed.
Sam – Ghost
I’m going to start this one off with another fan’s take.
Here is Deek in VA with his Sam argument:
“I’d make the argument that Swayze’s character “Sam” in Ghost has a real good chance of beating cancer. Sam somehow managed to bring down his attacker Willie as well as his scumbag friend Carl…even though he was already dead. I don’t know too many people who have accomplished that. I have faith he can get through this.
You’ve gotta take all your emotion, all your love, all your pain and push it way down deep in to the pit of your stomach and let it explode like a reactor. Pow!”
All great points Deek. But lest not forget that Sam only managed to defeat Willie and Carl after Willie and Carl killed him. It wasn’t until he was already dead that he bested those two fuckers. Our goal here is to beat cancer BEFORE it kills Swayze. So even though it is comforting knowing that even in death, nothing will really kill Swayze, we still need to beat this cancer while he’s still alive.
If Swayze does die though, I’d like to think he’d come back to haunt Demi Moore. Can you imagine him using his ghost powers to enter Whoopi Goldberg’s body and warn Demi Moore that Ashton Kutcher is a dooshbag?
We would be watching the View, as I know we all like to do, and this would occur…
The other Black Lady – “I think the president should get off his butt and start presidenting.”
Barbara Walters- “I agree, I’m weally weally old. And I think bwah bwah bwah.”
Whoopi – “You women are a bunch of loud, annoying cunts! Shut the fuck up! Barbara you fuckin cyborg, just die already. The rest of you should be shipped off to some whorehouse in the South Pacific where they beat you with bamboo when you talk. Oh and Demi, Sam says, You in Danger girl!!”
Ditto Swayze, Ditto.
(Side note: Whoopi Goldberg was a or still is a guy right? Like can you imagine Whoopi naked and not having a penis? Which is more likely, ugliest women ever, or guy pretending to be a woman? Think about it… but don’t think about it long, because you might throw up. If I were a ghost, I think the last thing I would do is enter Whoopi Goldberg. I wouldn’t’ do it as a live person, I’m sure as hell not going to do it when I’m stuck between worlds with ghost powers.)
And yes, I realize my “Side Notes” are just an excuse for me to go on ridiculous tangents.
If anyone wants to throw in their two cents for Darryl from the Outsiders, or Johnny Castle from Dirty Dancing (too easy), or even Jack McCloud in three Wishes (he’s a fuckin shooting star/genie in that movie), or whatever your favorite Swayze is, by all means reply to this or add on to it and send it to friends. For respect for Swayze, can we all pretend the Donnie Darko child molester thing never happened? Great movie, but I don’t need to see Swayze like that.
What is really upsetting is how this story came out. The National Enquirer breaks the story, which means some scumbag is patting himself on the back and probably getting a bonus from his scumbag boss because he stalked Swayze. On top of that, those cocksuckers didn’t think Swayze having cancer was enough, so they made that shit up about his 5 weeks to live. The guy doesn’t even get to announce his own disease Magic Johnson style. Swayze has to read it in the tabloids with the added bonus of 5 WEEKS TO LIVE! That’s fuckin with Swayze’s family. That paparazzo should be living in a cave somewhere like Bin Laden. If Swayze fought terrorism the war would end with Swayze holding Bin Laden’s ripped trachea in his hand.
I happen to stumble across Entertainment Tonight, or The Insider or whatever the one with the blonde is, and I’m pretty sure this is Satan’s favorite show. I bet he Tivo’s it. Anyway, they have a countdown on that show for the daily entertainment headlines. Swayze dying of cancer… number 10. Number fuckin 10?!? I think Madonna’s open auditions for back-up dancers was number 6 and Britney farting may have been number 1. We’re in trouble people.
So pray to whatever God it is you pray to that Swayze makes it outta this one, and spread your inner Swayze with every moment of every day. Maybe if we all maximize our Swayzeness, he’ll feel it, and that will give him enough positive energy to fight this thing.
Hey it’s worth a shot, right?