Stop what you’re doing — it’s happened. Grey’s Anatomy’s Patrick Dempsey (Derek Shepherd) has officially become a cartoon character. Before you get too worried, no, Grey’s isn’t spinning off into an animated series. Patrick’s just snagged himself a guest starring role on Phineas and Ferb, voicing a race car driver.
Totally appropriate for Patrick, since he is one in real life, right? So perfect. And Patrick also got the chance to try out a new accent — his character, Paolo Vanderbeek, was “born in the Scottish enclave of a Swiss town in the Alps to Dutch parents,” according to one of the show’s creators, Jeff Marsh.
The episode, called “Live and Let Drive” revolves around a Formula One race where Perry the Platypus has to save the race from being sabotaged by a bad guy. If Shonda Rhimes wrote the episode, it’d be filled with flames and heartbreak, but thankfully, this show’s for kids.
“We started a conversation with [Patrick] and came to find out his kids watch Phineas and Ferb and he’s a big fan,” Jeff told USA Today. “I went, ‘Would you like to come do a voice?’ and he said, ‘Oh my god, I’d love to.’ When [Patrick] came in and said, ‘What voice do you want?’ we said, ‘Well, Swiss… Scottish… Dutch… and Italian in there somewhere.”
Which could be hard for some actors to pull off, but Patrick’s a pro. After all, it’s not like doing a funny accent is brain surgery. Ha, get it? Brain surgery?
Planning on tuning in? The episode airs Saturday at 8 a.m. ET on Disney XD.
Source: USA Today