Few actors ruled the 80’s like Patrick Swayze.
The star of Ghost, Dirty Dancing, and Point Break died tragically of pancreatic cancer in 2009, but his legacy lives on in dance halls, high school reunions, and … the New York Police Department?!
New York’s finest needed some help in terms of relating to its public…and then someone remembered “a skinny little runt named Dalton.”
The movie from which that quote and so many more like it hail is the 1989 machismo flick Road House.
In the film, Swayze plays a “cooler” or head bouncer. There’s a scene in which Dalton (and his sweet feathered mullet) helps his new team understand how to restore calm to any situation in which booze is involved:
Ergo, the inspiration for the new NYPD training video.
“If somebody gets in your face and calls you a c–ksucker, I want you to be nice. Ask him to walk. Be nice. If he won’t walk, walk him. But be nice. If you can’t walk him, one of the others will help you, and you’ll both be nice.”
So, NYPD, you’ve been put on notice: when you stop someone for speeding, drivers MAY be tempted to say, “I thought you’d be bigger.”
NOTE: Some readers may not get that last one but trust me, MANY GenXers in the PRNewserverse do! For those kindred spirits, you’re welcome.