Patrick Dempsey is one of the most popular stars of one of TV’s most popular shows (“Grey’s Anatomy”), but the 45-year-old actor has a dream project: Marvel’s Doctor Strange.
Dempsey has been rumored for the part in the past, but in a new interview with The L.A. Times’s Hero Complex, Dempsey said he is doing more than just dreaming about the role:
I’ve been lobbying for [the role]. There’s a whole bunch of people [among the “Grey’s Anatomy” crew] who are into comics and Marvel, too, on the set and they’re like, “Doctor Strange, that’s the one you should do.” It would be fantastic.”
The actor said he could see the character starring in either a movie or a TV show and he would be open to either medium:
It’d be a great TV show, especially for HBO or something like that. I don’t know if I’d necessarily do another show, a drama, that’s 24 episodes again. HBO you’re at 13 and I think that’s much better. It’s just so hard to sustain the quality after three years if you’re doing 24, 25 episodes a year. It all depends on who you have as a writing team — it’s how you set it up, what’s the tone and making sure you’re not locked into this one-season success [mentality], you can’t be afraid to think beyond that.
In the interview, Dempsey also responded to the previous rumors of his involvement, saying:
At Comic-Con, they were talking about me playing it and there was a rumor that I’d been cast. I mean, it’s something that’s kind of out there and, you know, I’ve been looking at that. It would be a fun one to do … I’d love to play Doctor Strange.
In addition to his continuing role as “McDreamy” on “Grey’s Anatomy,” Dempsey has a part in the upcoming action movie “Transformers: Dark of the Moon.”
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