Whoopi Goldberg says Patrick Swayze is “kicking butt”


Whoopi Goldberg and Patrick Swayze co-starred together in the hit movie “Ghost,” and Goldberg has spoken many times about her affection for Swayze. Whoopi once said that Patrick was the one who pushed for her to play the role of the kooky psychic Ida Mae Brown in the film. When she heard about Swayze’s battle with pancreatic cancer, Whoopi reached out to her old friend. Recently, she spoke about Patrick’s “good spirits” in an interview, saying that the actor has thrown himself into work and isn’t remotely ready to give up his fight.

Whoopi Goldberg tells Usmagazine.com her cancer-stricken Ghost costar Patrick Swayze is “doing the best he can.”

“He’s kicking butt,” she told Us Monday at the 1st Annual Blossom Ball in NYC. “And, you know, he’s sick. And he, like the rest of us, doesn’t know when it’s going to happen – because it will happen, that he is going to go – but he doesn’t know when or where.”

“His attitude is, why wait for it to happen?” she went on. “So he’s busy as hell.”

Since he was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer more than a year ago, the 56-year-old actor — who denied reports in March that he is nearing “the end” — has thrown himself into work.

He’s writing a memoir and filmed the first season of A&E’s crime drama, The Beast, which concludes its season April 23. It remains to be seen whether the show will be picked up.

“As has been the case from day one, it is all about Patrick — in a lot of ways,” A&E President Bob DeBitetto recently told the Associated Press. “It is about his condition, and when and whether he would be up for another grueling production schedule.”

[From Us Magazine]

Whoopi is right about one thing – life is short, and you never know when it’s going to be taken away from you. Patrick definitely has the right attitude and seems to be staying positive. That kind of mind set is so important to the recovery. He has a lot of friends wishing him well who seem confident that he will beat this. I know there are millions of fans who are hoping he pulls through – and I’m one of them. Nobody puts baby in a corner!

Photos of Whoopi Goldberg at the Elton John Oscar Party, Feb. 2009. Photos of Patrick Swayze on the set of his TV show, “The Beast,” in 2008. More recently, Patrick has looked very ill, but we chose not to publish photos of him in that condition. It’s not cool that the paparazzi keep hounding him. Photo credits: Fame.

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  1. KateNonymous says:

    Studies show that mindset has no effect on recovery. However, it can help you enjoy and make the most of whatever time you do have.

  2. morgs says:

    I am going to shed more than a few tears when Patrick passes (from cancer or something else). I didn’t understand why my parents would get so upset when an actor/person of significance (who we didn’t personally know) from their past died. I totally understand now.

  3. lilred says:

    Wishing him well,thinking positive thoughts.

  4. The man is just a stud. His interview with Ms. Walters in January was just incredible. I wish I could be as strong in life as he is.

    And by the way, “The Beast” is one HECK of a good show. He has some awesome, awesome scenes in those first 12 shows, and it’s some different but very good acting from this actor in the second leg of his career.

    Ghost and Dirty Dancing were two movies that many people say changed their lives. They were amazing movies in their day and they were very good – both of them.

    But I think his move to an older more mature, more serious FBI field agent is a whole new side to him and one that is so far removed from any of the other “road house” type macho films he did earlier on.

    I liked him in King Solomon’s Mines and now in The Beast. I’d totally be happy if he could get healthy enough for a Season 2 – another 13 incredible episodes of a very good show.

    Good luck Mr. Swayze!