Patrick Dempsey unleashes his inner swashbuckler

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Patrick Dempsey gets his fairy tale dream with “Disenchanted.”

The actor, forever known as McDreamy for his 11 seasons on ABC’s “Grey’s Anatomy,” lets out his even-dreamier inner swashbuckling hero in the sequel to Disney’s 2007 classic “Enchanted” (streaming Friday on Disney+).  

His once-cynical New York divorce lawyer Robert Philip wore natty suits in the original film. But in “Disenchanted,” Dempsey, 56, dons an Elizabethan leather jerkin, a tweed cape and handmade leather boots, and packs a gold sword. 

Even he was charmed by the first gaze. “I have to say, at the final wardrobe fitting when everything came together, it was like, ‘Oh, this is going to be fun!’ Dempsey says. “It was great to let loose and throw caution to the wind.”

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When the animated fairy-tale character Giselle (Amy Adams in her breakout role) got stuck in live-action New York City in “Enchanted,” it was her valiant fiance, Prince Edward (James Marsden), who lived large – attempting to slay a city bus with his sword and breaking into song about true love’s kiss.

Even after Philip won the princess’ hand in the end, Dempsey couldn’t help feeling a little derring-do envy.

“I’d always watched James, running around having a great time,” Dempsey says. “It’s really challenging being the straight man with all of these larger-than-life characters.”

“Disenchanted” opens new doors when Giselle becomes frustrated that her suburban  happily-ever-after isn’t working out. She accidentally wishes for real life to become a fairy-tale land, and even Philip, her commuting lawyer husband, is transformed.

Patrick Dempsey sings and dances heroically in Disney's live-action "Disenchanted."

Dempsey went full throttle, belting lines like “Cease, evil witch!” to emerging local villain Malvina Monroe (Maya Rudolph), with sword drawn.

He checked in with director Adam Shankman before proclaiming the words. “I was like, ‘Are we OK with this line? Is this going to work?’ And he goes: ‘Don’t worry, there are going to be so many special effects going on. We’ll be lucky to hear you.’ But with a line like that, you really have to commit to it.”



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