April 02, 2011 4:17pm PT by Annie Yuan
Patrick Dempsey Lobbies for Doctor Strange Role
Patrick Dempsey is ready to move on from Grey's Anatomy.
The actor told the LA Times that he "would love to play Doctor Strange" in a potential movie or TV series based on the Marvel character.
"It would be fantastic," he said. "It'd be a great TV show, especially for HBO or something like that."
He made it clear that another network drama is out of the question.
"It's just so hard to sustain the quality after three years if you're doing 24, 25 episodes a year," he explained.
Doctor Strange, a neurosurgeon who starts studying sorcery after an accident damages his hands, has been the subject of franchise talks in recent years, though plans for a film have not yet been set in stone.
Dempsey, who appears in the upcoming Transformers sequel, said he hopes playing the master magician will take him one step further away from the reputation he built up while starring on Grey's.
"Hopefully, doing something like Transformers is about to show myself in an action situation where I'm not mister-weepy-doctor guy, you know, not McDreamy. You have to change that in people's view. I'm still hungry for other things."