It sounds like Dempsey is simply more excited about his hobby than his profession, and honestly, isn’t that often true for most people?
“These interviews took place over a year. So my moods change dramatically in the course of 12 months, and my feelings, depending on where we are in the run of the show. But it's a different type of passion, you know,” he said. “I'm an actor, so that's my profession. That's my job. It's a trade. And that's a different feeling. Racing is a constant discovery. And when you're in a long show, there's less discovery and more of an endurance of having to be present and to do your job and find ways to keep yourself turned on in something that you know is going to be A, B, and C. It doesn't change. In a race it changes constantly. Every lap, every corner, every moment of that day is changing. And that, to me, is very exciting and keeps me alive. And then I can go back to work and enjoy it. So I think I need both, quite honestly.”
The four-episode series “Racing LeMans” chronicles Dempsey’s attempt to join the 24-hour LeMans endurance race.
To those who still think that he should be more grateful, he really does seem to be, thanking producers for their flexibility in scheduling his work in a way that allows his to race, too.
“I think the show does a remarkable job in getting me out. The producers are fantastic. The fact that they let me race is remarkable. After they see this, I hope they continue to let me race,” Dempsey said. “But I don't think people quite understand what I'm doing, honestly. But I can't thank 'Grey's' enough. They've been amazingly supportive.”