April 5th, 2011
07:00 AM ET
Patrick Dempsey wants to prove he's more than Dr. McDreamy by playing Doctor Strange.
The actor, who stars as hunky brain surgeon Derek Shepherd on ABC's "Grey's Anatomy," tells the L.A. Times he's dying to play Marvel's magical neurosurgeon in either a TV series or movie.
“I've been lobbying for that,” he says of portraying the super sorcerer. “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."
But, Dempsey, who will next be seen in this summer's "Transformers: Dark of the Moon," adds, "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."
Doctor Strange, created in 1963, is a master magician who can conjure up anything, is capable of telepathy and teleportation, and has the ability to heal himself and resurrect the dead. Dempsey tells the L.A. Times that Marvel's head of television is aware of his desire to portray the character on screen.
"At Comic-Con they were talking about me playing it and there was a rumor that I'd been cast," he says. "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. 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. I'd love to play Doctor Strange."
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