May 24, 2017, 9:07 AM ET

'Dirty Dancing': Abigail Breslin said her friend joked that she would 'kill her' if she botched remake

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The wait is over and tonight Abigail Breslin and Colt Prattes star in ABC's "Dirty Dancing" 30 years after the original film hit theaters.

The duo admit that they feel a lot of that pressure coming from close friends and family.

"One of my best friends ... she was like, 'If you don't do a good job, I will kill you,'" Breslin told ABC News.

Prattes, who is stepping in for the late Patrick Swayze in the film, added that he got the same jokes from those closest to him.

The duo spoke to ABC News a week ahead of the TV release. They shared what it was like on set and the biggest challenges of taking on these roles.

"I'm just excited that people get a little bit more explanation of the characters and of that story line," Prattes said about the additional plot added to this film. "I'm stoked for people to get more of this story. This is a beautiful story."

Breslin added that "explanations" and backstory will be given for certain characters' choices and attitudes. And of course, there's the "dancing," something Breslin said was certainly daunting.

"I don't think that the words graceful and Abigail Breslin have ever been in a sentence together," the Oscar nominee joked. "I was terrified. I was really lucky I was working with Colt ... and everybody on the choreography end of things ... I had to learn to dance."

The two young actors said Jennifer Grey, who played the original "Baby," was very supportive of the remake.

"I met [her] after we filmed and she was lovely and so sweet," Breslin said. "But before hand, we mostly hung out with each other. We were doing something that was a little bit different. It's kind of hard to get advice from those who were in the original when that's of its own unique experience."

"Dirty Dancing" will air tonight at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.

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  • Bruno Diaz

    The elephant in the room regarding this remake...is literally the elephant in the room. Is it really too much to ask to recast Baby with an attractive actress? Good Lord, she was the size of mama June, for crying out loud! I hope the part where he held Baby over his head only took one take!

  • Mike L

    Remakes have been in the mainstream for this decade. Previously, remakes were few and far between. Hopefully, by next year this trend should decrease to that previous level.

  • Teddy

    Hollywood has no originality. They just take great work and turn it into a flop. I'll keep watching the original and ignore this one.

  • kaymichigan1

    Why are they remaking movies that were fine to begin with? They should remake movies that got botched the first time and need a do-over.

  • bennie mabry

    I guess Hollywood is drying up .. it's remake after remake .. and no remake of Dirty Dancing will never be as good as the first one .