Julian McMahon

Julian McMahon

MF: Between Dr. Troy in Nip/Tuck and Dr. Doom in the Fantastic Four franchise, you spend a lot of time playing narcissistic egomaniacs. Coincidence?

JM: Yeah. [Laughs] I don’t know what the problem is. I never considered myself to be one; I just play one really well.

Speaking of everyone’s favorite plastic surgeon/playa, what is Dr. Troy up to next season?

We’re moving from Miami to L.A., which should inject a lot of excitement into the series. It’s almost like doing another show. [Ed: Rumored guest stars include Nicole Kidman and Madonna.]

With all the sex scenes you have to film, does the notion of being naked in front of millions of TV viewers help you stay focused during workouts?

Absolutely. Although I’ve always been physical since I was a little kid. I was a rower and a rugby player. Now, I work out, cycle, go for five-mile runs. I hit the outdoors as much as I can. Workouts help with my mental stability, too. Playing Dr. Troy all day long can get pretty exhausting unto itself.

Dr. Troy has bedded everyone from a porn star to a mother-daughter duo.

What advice would he give readers to pick up the kind of women he does? He would say, “Make a lot of money. Drive a fast car. And wear nice outfits. That’s the secret!”

The Fantastic Four sequel boasts two villains for the price of one. Who’d win in a battle of the badasses: the Silver Surfer or Dr. Doom?

Who do you think? [Laughs] That surfer guy, he’s nothing. All he knows how to do is ride that board, and anybody can do that with a little practice. Dr. Doom—he’s full-blown evil.

What is it about bad guys that makes them so fun to watch—and so much fun to portray?

Well, because they’re doing the naughty things! Comic-book bad guys have always been fascinating to me. There’s this empathetic side to them, thanks to their tragic circumstances. You know the good guys are going to win in the end, but it’s fun to watch the bad guy fiddle with them a little bit.

Aside from the 60-pound costumes, what was the worst part about playing Dr. Doom?

Physically transforming into Doom every day. It took anywhere from 45 minutes to nine hours. When it comes to prosthetics, you probably should go under anesthesia. Then they can just wake you up after nine hours and go, “You’re done!”

You know you’ve made it big when you get your very own action figure. Does yours do you any justice?

I think it did. But the weirdest one was the miniature Dr. Doom that came in [Burger King] kids’ meals. My kid got one, and when she pulled it out of the box, its head was like three millimeters.

Out of curiosity, what special feature would a Dr. Troy toy have?

I think you’d probably just have to press a button, and he would drop trou pretty quickly. [Laughs]