Julian McMahon

09/01/2004 at 06:00 AM EDT

Julian McMahon
"Everybody thinks that (I'm) Dr. Troy, that's the weird thing," McMahon says. "They're like, 'Hey, it's the nasty doctor.' "
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Whether he ends up the next James Bond or not, Julian McMahon, 36, has already shaken things up. The rumored successor to Pierce Brosnan wraps up the second season of his devilishly funny drama Nip/Tuck as Dr. Christian Troy, a wealthy, womanizing plastic surgeon. The actor, who has also signed on to play Dr. Doom in the comic-book inspired Fantastic Four movie, recently talked to PEOPLE about playing doctor, showing off his assets and primping like a girl.

This season we seem to be seeing a softer side to Dr. Troy.
Never say softer side on our show. You never know what it means.

So how are the fan reactions?
You get some pretty funny responses. Like, for instance, the other day this girl came up to me and said, "I love your show. I love your character. I love your ass – I mean your character is such an ass----." That Freudian slip is totally possible on my show because you do get to see my ass so often that you could be thinking that.

What do you think of all the plastic surgery on TV these days, like on The Swan?
People get botox shots, breast implants, calf implants, and all that kind of stuff. You get the operation today and you're walking around tomorrow. It's becoming such a prolific thing throughout society that I think all those kinds of (shows) were inevitable.

Would you ever want a woman in your life to get plastic surgery for you?
I don't care if somebody has. I don't care if somebody hasn't. It's really not about that for me in regards to a relationship.

What's the most extreme thing you've ever done for beauty?
Aside from the fact that I get up every day, I go to work, sit in front of a mirror and get makeup put all over my face and my hair done by somebody else, I don't think there's anything crazier than that, is there? My little girl said to me the other day, "Oh Daddy, are you going to go take your makeup off?" Okay, that's wrong. That's just not cool.

I love my makeup and hair people, I love them to death, but when you're putting makeup on your face every day you start to feel like Cruella after awhile, or the Wicked Witch of the West.

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So you don't primp?
I don't really like the primping stuff. It's too girly. Although, that's totally a lie because I do like getting a manicure. I take my little girl every now then and we go together. She gets her nails done. She gets little flowers put on her fingers. She gets the whole treatment.

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