Archive For 2019年8月26日
But what he means by that depends on who he is talking to, and where.
The 48-year-old, ranked fifth on the list of highest paid actors on U.S. television last year with estimated earnings of $13 million, is preparing for an 11th season as Dr Derek Shepherd in the popular ABC network medical drama.
The first “table-read” of the script starts on the 22nd, next Tuesday, but first he has other lines to figure out – racing lines – and his own dreams to realise.
This weekend, the fictional white-coated surgeon from Seattle is getting up to speed around Germany’s Hockenheim circuit where he competes in the Porsche Supercup series against professional drivers.
Motor racing, as he told Reuters in the German Grand Prix support paddock, is not just a hobby. It has become as much a part of who he is as acting.
“It’s all consuming in many ways,” he said. “I couldn’t imagine not racing right now. It really keeps me motivated. It’s all I think about on a daily basis.
“I just truly love it. I love the sport, I love the people around the sport, I love the technical aspect of it, I love the mental exercise of it and the constant learning of how to perfect the setup of the car.”
Big screen legends Steve McQueen, Paul Newman and James Garner were all similarly smitten by the racing bug in their time and Dempsey can understand why.
As someone who earns big money playing fictional characters in fantasy worlds, racing is real and dangerous with challenges lacking elsewhere.
“I think it’s important for me to do both (acting and racing),” said the married father of three when asked which mattered most to him.
“I don’t dislike acting. There’s just certain challenges I’d like to have in my acting profession and I haven’t found those roles that have really made it worthwhile for me to give up a racing season to go do.”
Last month Dempsey competed at the Le Mans 24 Hours race, finishing fifth in his GTE-AM class after fourth in 2013. He made his debut there back in 2009.
The owner of Dempsey Racing has taken part in the gruelling Baja 1,000 off-road race, driven at Daytona and will be at Indianapolis the week after he meets up with the rest of the Grey’s cast.
“I’ve always loved racing since I was a kid, I used to ski race. I grew up in a small town in Maine. And ski racing in many ways is very similar to road racing,” said the Lewiston-born actor.
“I think it brings me back to that part of my life as a child. I have just always loved cars and racing. My father was a big fan of it, I used to collect Matchbox cars and on a Friday night my dad would always bring me one home.
“I was a huge fan of racing and then slowly just got deeper and deeper into it,” added Dempsey.
The real commitment started some six or seven years ago, when Dempsey did a course and obtained his racing licence before attending the Panoz Racing school at Road Atlanta.
With the money from television, and movies like “Enchanted”, “Made of Honor” and “Valentine’s Day”, the screen idol can indulge his love – or obsession – with speed.
“My focus is primarily Le Mans. I want to win Le Mans. One step at a time,” he said.
“It takes a lot of commitment and a lot of drive and a lot of things have to go our way but that’s my primary focus, to get back to Le Mans.”
Fortunately, those who pay his wages are understanding.
“They have been very kind to allow me to go racing when most shows wouldn’t,” he said. “They understand the importance of it and I think it helps them as much as it helps me.
“The good thing is, it’s an ensemble so evidently I’m not that important,” he laughed, accepting that might not be the case for his many admirers.
“They’ve been very gracious about allowing me out and they really work on the scheduling so that the stuff we are wanting to do next year they will schedule around me.
“I’m sure if I missed an episode they’d like saving the money. So I’m sure it would work nicely.”
Profoundly dyslexic, Dempsey said racing and acting require similar mental discipline and the ability to compartmentalise.
“I process things very quickly and sometimes I think when one is dyslexic I am processing the word too fast and can’t allow it to get to my mouth,” he explained.
“It does teach me to stay calm and work on the mental side of things, and that then translates into the car. The slower you are the faster you are.”
Learning a script, like studying a technical manual, has its challenges. But the outcome can be all the more satisfying.
“You just learn a different way. I can’t sit down and read from a text book. I would never comprehend it. It’s taken me a long time to be OK with that and not be down on myself,” he said.
“A lot of actors don’t learn their lines until the very last minute. I have to put in far more time…but when I do I know my lines inside and out. So if something is distracting me to my left, I can incorporate that and add it to the scene.
“I think that also applies into racing, as situational awareness. The more you are aware of what your surroundings are, the better off you are in the car.”
Inside the closeted motor racing bubble, Dempsey is a racer first and foremost – some in the pitlane even unaware of his celebrity status – and that works just fine for him.
“What is success in Hollywood? I don’t know what that means really,” he mused. “What’s a hit movie? What’s a hit show? What’s a good performance?
“A good performance on the track shows in the time. You can’t lie.”
(Reporting by Alan Baldwin, editing by Tony Goodson)
Carlton have responded to a tough week of scrutiny on coach Mick Malthouse with a stunning 23-point upset of North Melbourne.
While the 16.13 (109) to 13.8 (86) win at Etihad Stadium on Friday night could come at the cost of young guns Troy Menzel and Andrejs Everitt to knee injuries, this was Carlton’s best AFL win of the season and one to savour.
Lachie Henderson’s six goals, including four in the last quarter, and a bag of four to the returning Jarrad Waite ensured Carlton’s lead earned in the first term would never be headed.
Taken to task by club officials during the week for his perennially grumpy outlook, Malthouse’s men responded on the field with a bright first-half showing.
The Blues took the lead with four straight goals in a frenetic first term, with veteran Chris Judd and the lively Chris Yarran getting the Blues on top.
It was direct, incisive football – and it was cutting North Melbourne to pieces.
A last-minute decision to throw in Waite paid dividends for Malthouse, with Carlton’s tall forwards causing headaches for the `Roos.
Henderson, Levi Casboult, Waite and reborn ruck Cameron Wood were dominating the air and contributing on the scoreboard.
But the Blues were unable to kick away as North Melbourne stubbornly remained in the contest.
Runners Levi Greenwood, Ben Cunnington and Brent Harvey stepped up their game to keep Carlton’s half-time lead to 15 points.
North Melbourne’s third term had them back in the hunt, kicking 4.0 to 1.6 in the third term as Carlton’s wayward forwards threatened to kick themselves into trouble.
But the Blues responded to settle the contest with six straight final-term goals.
While Henderson had four of those six, there was none better than Waite’s, who first took a crucial defensive mark before streaming forward to finish a flowing move.
The loss leaves North Melbourne’s top-four ambitions in serious doubt with a crunch meeting against Geelong next round.
Malthouse said he most happy with playing out four quarters.
“What we’re trying to do is just take it a quarter at a time,” he said.
While he was happy to talk up Cameron Wood’s contribution, he was not keen to talk about his pair of knee injuries.
“Anyone who hurts a knee, I don’t want to speculate because I don’t know and the doctors don’t know,” he said.
The 30th year coach will be frustrated with Mitch Robinson, who was reported for a high bump on Leigh Adams less than 20 minutes into his return from a two-week suspension.
Scott lamented his inconsistent side.
“Footy games are hard to win and to win them you’ve got to pay the price,” he said.
“I felt tonight there was a stink… that we were hoping the opposition would lose it.”
“That just doesn’t work.”
Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes was the fastest driver in Friday practice for Sunday’s German Grand Prix, topping the timesheets from team-mate Nico Rosberg.
Hamilton posted the quickest lap of the day in 1 minute 18.341 seconds around the 4.574-kilometre Hockenheim track, with Rosberg 0.024 seconds behind.
Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo was an impressive third, just 0.102 seconds off the pace of Hamilton, but reigning world champion Sebastian Vettel was ninth.
The teams will hope to learn from the sessions after a number of drivers went wide on turn one, while Kamui Kobayashi had to make a sharp exit from his Caterham with smoke pouring from the car.
Marshals were soon on hand to extinguish the fire.
Rosberg currently leads the world championship but, with Hamilton only four points behind, the Briton could overtake him with his sixth win of the season on Sunday.
Williams development driver Susie Wolff was given another chance in the first practice session, having been stopped by engine failure in a similar session at the British Grand Prix.
The 31-year-old Scot ended in 15th place after a first lap scare when her car could not change gear. She posted a best time of 1:20.769.
“It was so nice to be out on track every lap, going quicker and getting more feel in the car. I’m just really happy to have completed a successful FP1 session,” Wolff told BBC radio.
“The team did a good job of preparing me – I knew what to do on every lap of the session. It feels so good to be driving a race weekend.”
Wolff’s entry at Silverstone made her the first woman to take part in a Formula One race weekend in 22 years. The last female driver to enter a race was Lella Lombardi in 1976.
Third practice and qualifying is on Saturday before the race on Sunday.
“The welcome will be on Sunday,” Argentinos Juniors said on Friday of the 36-year-old’s official unveiling with coach Claudio Borghi thrilled to get the talented player for the fight to earn promotion straight back to the first division.
“Revolution has come to La Paternal,” they said on their website referring to the Buenos Aires barrio, or neighbourhood, where the club that also launched Diego Maradona’s career is based.
“Roman is a box of surprises and there was always that hope for us (of his return),” Borghi, a former Boca and Chile national team coach, told Fox Sports.
Riquelme’s former Boca team mate, central defender Matias Caruso, has also returned to Argentinos, with whom he won the league title under Borghi in 2010, following a season at Universidad de Chile.
Former Barcelona and Villarreal midfielder Riquelme rose through the junior ranks at Argentinos, noted for a youth scheme that also produced the likes of Fernando Redondo and Esteban Cambiasso, but made his first division debut at 18 with Boca, who snapped him up in 1996.
Riquelme, one of Argentina’s greatest talents who played for his country at the 2006 World Cup finals in Germany, helped Boca win five league titles, the South American Libertadores Cup twice and the Intercontinental Cup club crown in 2000.
Argentinos, nicknamed Bichos (bugs), were relegated in May at the end of the Final championship, second of two in the season won by Boca’s arch rivals River Plate.
They will play in the Primera B Nacional second tier championship from next month.
(Writing by Rex Gowar; Editing by Tony Goodson)
With track temperatures soaring, Hamilton set a sizzling pace with a quickest lap of one minute 18.
341 seconds in the afternoon session.
Formula One world championship leader Rosberg, who had been fastest before lunch with a best of 1:19.131, was second on the timesheets a mere 0.024 off Hamilton’s pace.
Dominant Mercedes, seeking their first German Grand Prix victory as a works team since Argentine Juan Manuel Fangio triumphed 60 years ago at the Nuerburgring, finished one-two in both sessions.
Friday was the first chance to assess the performance of cars since the governing body ruled against a front and rear interconnected suspension (FRIC) system.
All teams had presented their cars for scrutineering without the systems on Thursday but the times showed no seismic change in the pecking order even if champions Red Bull appeared to have edged slightly closer.
“It was quite difficult to find the balance with the track being so hot and it is a tricky circuit to drive in general,” said Hamilton.
“The car is a bit different now as everyone made some setup changes in a different direction to what we’ve had in the past, but it’s still fun to drive.”
Mercedes also made a rare pitlane bungle when they had the wrong tyres ready for Hamilton during a race simulation and Rosberg had to wait behind him with overheating brakes.
“We had a bit of a situation in the pit lane when my team mate came in suddenly just before I was called in too,” said the German. “But the boys reacted quickly and cooled my car and brought his tyres out.”
Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso, who has won the last two races at the southern circuit which alternates with the Nuerburgring, was third fastest in the morning – and 0.292 off the pace – and then ninth in the afternoon.
“I don’t think going away with FRIC changed much in terms ofdriving style…but running without it, we just have to adapt and be as well prepared as possible with what we have,” said the Spaniard.
Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo, the only driver other than the Mercedes pair to win a race this season, was fourth and third fastest respectively.
The Australian’s quadruple champion team mate and last year’s German GP winner Sebastian Vettel was sixth and eighth.
Further back, Susie Wolff had a second chance to make her mark among the men after her involvement at Silverstone two weeks ago was cut short due to an engine problem with the Williams.
The first woman to take part in a grand prix weekend in 22 years managed 22 laps in the morning session and ended up an impressive 15th fastest, only a fraction slower than the Force India of 14th placed Mexican Sergio Perez.
Perez had made headlines in Britain when he jokingly told a Spanish television reporter that he would not want to be beaten by a woman driver. His time on Friday of 1:20.598 compared to Wolff’s 1:20.769.
Brazilian Felipe Massa, the team’s race regular, was only 11th fastest with a best time of 1:20.542 but was sixth after lunch with team mate Valtteri Bottas taking back his car from Wolff and ending 10th quickest.
Wolff’s session was not without stress, and she hit trouble on her opening lap out of the garage when the car suffered a sensor problem.
Whether she gets a chance to progress further remains uncertain and Wolff was under no illusions.
“The next step is obviously to do more and that’s the difficult part, to get more opportunities,” she said.
“I was incredibly lucky to get the chance with this team this season and of course I have to try to get more opportunities, but as we know that’s not easy. So I need to start fighting for that now.”
Caterham, under new ownership following the departure of Malaysian entrepreneur Tony Fernandes, had a torrid day with Kamui Kobayashi’s car catching fire. The Japanese joined marshals in extinguishing the flames.
(Editing by John O’Brien/Tony Goodson)