Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 21 September 2014

Patrick says Paul launched career

Patrick Dempsey

Patrick Dempsey credits his fame to Sir Paul McCartney.

The actor appeared on Jimmy Kimmel’s talk show this week and said the music icon is responsible for his success.

Patrick starred in a 1987 film called Can’t Buy Me Love, which is also the name of a famous Beatles song. But according to Patrick, the film was almost a dud due to a different name.

“It was originally called Boy Rents Girl. I know, it sounds like a porno film!” Patrick told talk show host Jimmy Kimmel during an appearance on his show.

“And then one of the executives said, 'We need to come up with a new title, this is not testing well.’ And somebody said, ‘Let’s call it Can’t Buy Me Love and get the Beatles song,’ and the rest is history. I was surprised they spent the money on it!”

Patrick went on to joke that although the film launched his career, he only received around $5,000 for it – less than they paid to use the song.

And he used that money to buy himself a nice car.

“I bought a car with it – a 1963 365 Porsche convertible. Smartest move I ever made! I still have it, I drive it all the time!” he laughed.

Patrick stars in TV medical drama Grey’s Anatomy, which will soon air its 200th episode.

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