Get ready to see a whole new side of Patrick Dempsey.
The "Grey's Anatomy" star doesn't just look good in scrubs; he definitely knows how to rock a handlebar mustache and a racing helmet too. The racing enthusiast and father of three will play an international racing legend on Disney XD's "Phineas and Ferb," and we've got this first look at his quirky character.
Dempsey's animated adventure has him playing an international racing legend of Italian-Scottish-Swiss-Dutch descent, Paolo Vanderbeek, in the series' upcoming Grand Prix-themed episode, "Live and Let Drive." McDreamy's Grey Sloan Memorial scrubs are replaced with a red, white, and blue helmet and goggles. Plus, the character's mustache rivals those of the Super Mario Bros.
The star-studded episode also features the voices of Jeremy Clarkson, James May, and Richard Hammond, hosts of the popular BBC series "Top Gear." The trio will guest star as announcers Adrian, Ian, and Nigel, and the whole thing goes down on Platypus Day, the network's annual celebration to honor its most valuable semiaquatic undercover agent.
So, how will it all play out?
In the latest adventure on the Emmy-winning series, crime-fighting platypus Agent P travels to the glamorous city of Duchy in Montevillebad to stop evil scientist Dr. Doofenshmirtz from winning the Grand Prix and collecting the prize money. When Doof plays dirty and uses his "I-don't-care-inator" to sabotage the race and eliminate international racing legend Vanderbeek from the competition, Agent P comes to the rescue and goes head-to-head with him on the racetrack.
"Phineas" co- creator Dan Povenmire shares a pic of Dempsey in the voice studio:
Patrick Dempsey came in for a voice today! pic.twitter.com/yVy8rR0RlP— Dan Povenmire (@DanPovenmire) December 4, 2013
Although he's best known for his role as Dr. Derek Shepherd on ABC's long-running medical drama, Dempsey has been racing professionally for nearly 10 years. His racing team was recently selected to compete in France's legendary 24-hour race, Le Mans, for the third time.
The actor has said that there are a lot of parallels between acting and racing. "In Hollywood, it's kind of an abstract notion of what success is," he told Nascar.com last month. "It depends on so many things. It's similar in ways to racing. ... A script is like a car. How competitive is that car? How well-written is that script? I find there's a lot of parallels, and I like to be able to do both. It's nice to be able to come back and forth."
"Top Gear" star Hammond recently said that signing on for the role as a Grand Prix announcer on the popular Disney series was a no-brainer. "I couldn't say yes quickly enough," he said. "I did 'Phineas and Ferb' as a way of impressing my children. They think I've done something cool for once!"
"Phineas and Ferb" boasts a long line of guest stars, including Dempsey's "Grey's" co-star Sandra Oh, who played Dr. Doofenshmirtz's Internet girlfriend in the first season episode "Get That Bigfoot Outta My Face."
"Live and Let Drive" premieres on Saturday, March 1 at 8 a.m. on Disney XD. A "Phineas and Ferb" marathon will follow.