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Patrick Dempsey Wants to Be Dr. Strange

Patrick Dempsey made a name for himself in the ‘80s with films like Can’t Buy Me Love and resurfaced as an A-lister in the hit television drama Grey’s Anatomy just a few years ago. With a key role in the upcoming sequel Transformers: Dark of the Moon, he looks to venture out into the film world once again. According to The Los Angeles Times’ Hero Complex blog, the actor wants to play sorcerer Dr. Strange in the adaptation of the Marvel comic. Here’s what he had to say about the role:

“I’ve been lobbying for that. There’s a whole bunch of people [among the 'Grey's' 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. 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.”

Dempsey seems like a peculiar choice for this kind of role. Granted, he’s not exactly at the top of my list of favorite actors, but this character feels like it can only work with a particular kind of actor in the role; Dempsey just doesn’t strike me that way.

Marvel hired screenwriting duo Joshua Oppenheimer and Thomas Dean Donnelly (Conan the Barbarianto draft a script last June. 

How do you feel about Dempsey potentially stepping into the shoes of Dr. Strange?


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