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Rob Lowe Has No Regrets About Turning Down Actively playing McDreamy on Grey’s Anatomy

Rob Lowe Has No Regrets About Turning Down Actively playing McDreamy on Grey's Anatomy 7
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Envision a planet the place Rob Lowe had played Derek Shepherd. 

The Grey’s Anatomy medical doctor regarded as McDreamy was just about performed by the Parks and Recreation star, a truth that the actor discovered back in his 2014 memoir and lately joked about it yet again on an episode of the podcast WTF with Marc Maron.

“That is almost certainly price me $70 million,” he explained, but not even that would have created it really worth it, seemingly. “Eh, it is just income.” 

It in fact appears like it was the McDreamy element that designed Lowe know he was not the proper man for the task (even if you wouldn’t particularly be wrong to explain Lowe as dreamy). 

“At the finish of the day it was like, I viewed it when it came out. And when they begun contacting the handsome doctor ‘McDreamy,’ I was like, ‘Yeah, which is not for me.'” 

Of system, Patrick Dempsey went on to participate in McDreamy for 11 seasons while Lowe went on to star in Brothers and Sisters, Parks and RecreationThe Grinder, and Code Black

At the time even though, Lowe was deciding upon concerning Grey’s Anatomy and a display named Dr. Vegas. Grey’s is however likely, and you possible do not keep in mind Dr. Vegas, because it lasted 5 episodes on CBS in 2004. Lowe acquired the get in touch with about Grey’s just at the conclude of negotiations for Dr. Vegas, which by some means also starred Amy Adams, Sarah Lancaster, and Tom Sizemore

“Right after a week of negotiating, my offer was performed, while not nevertheless signed. It was then that I bought an urgent get in touch with from the producers of a prospective new clearly show for ABC called Grey’s Anatomy,” Lowe wrote in Enjoy Everyday living. “I agreed to meet with the men and women making Grey’s Anatomy. I had study it and loved it—the producing was crisp, serious and quite entertaining—and it really is normally been a excellent thought to hear out talented folks.” 

Lowe said he was supplied the portion of Derek appropriate off the bat, and he was “torn.” 

“Grey’s was a a lot far better script in reality, there was no comparison,” he said, but… “Year after yr immediately after yr, all of ABC’s new dramas flopped. CBS was on a hot streak that continues to this day. Although Grey’s was a substantially improved script, I chose Dr. Vegas. The odds were just also stacked.”

Ah, hindsight. Maybe, if Lowe had performed him, Derek Shepherd may even nevertheless be alive. 

Grey’s Anatomy airs Thursdays at 8 p.m. on ABC. 

Check out our entire gallery of iconic Tv set roles that almost went to other well-known actors. 


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