US actor Patrick Dempsey (57) appeared on Thursday for the premiere of his new film, the biopic "Ferrari" by director Michael Mann (80, "Ali") at the Venice Film Festival. With his charm and silver-grey hair, he attracted the attention of fans and photographers. Dempsey plays the Italian racing driver Piero Taruffi (1906-1988) in the film.
On the red carpet in the lagoon city, the US star posed in a navy blue suit with brown stripes, a beige knit shirt and brown loafers. The "salt and pepper colored hair," as People magazine calls it, was styled up.
In September, Dempsey, who is a passionate racing driver himself, surprised everyone with a peroxide blonde hairstyle. The radical type change was related to his "Ferrari" role. Because Piero Taruffi was not only considered a pioneer of Formula 1 and motorcycle racing, but was also famous for his blond hair.
Patrick Dempsey starred from 2005 to 2015 with his role of Dr. Derek Shepherd in the TV series "Grey's Anatomy" (since 2005) in the hearts of the fans. From 2020 to 2021, "McDreamy" returned to the successful format.
"Ferrari" tells about the founder of the world famous automobile manufacturer Enzo Ferrari (1898-1988). The title character is played by actor Adam Driver (39). He was also present at the film screening despite the Hollywood strike in Italy.
During the press conference, the US star slammed Amazon and Netflix for refusing to comply with SAG-AFTRA's demands. Asked if he wanted to promote Ferrari amid the strikes by actors and writers in Venice, Driver said, according to Variety, "I'm very proud to be here to represent a film that's not part of the AMPTP is, and to promote the policy of the SAG leadership, which is an effective tactic, which is the Interim Agreement."
"Ferrari" was granted a waiver at the film festival, which is being overshadowed by this year's SAG-AFTRA strike, because the film was produced by a non-AMPTP distributor.
According to the industry magazine, the film, which will also be released in cinemas in Germany later this year, received a standing ovation for a full six minutes, which moved Adam Driver to tears.