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Julian McMahon is best known to television audiences for his role as Detective John Grant on the award-winning NBC drama series "Profiler." He then joined the cast of the WB hit show "Charmed." McMahon played tortured demon, Cole Turner, who created both havoc and romance for the Halliwell sisters played by Alyssa Milano, Holly Marie Combs, Shannen Doherty and then Rose McGowan. Hailing from Australia, McMahon was known to audiences for his lead role in the primetime drama "The Power, The Passion." He then joined the cast of the hit series "Home and Away" which has also starred Guy Pearce, Heath Ledger, Martin Henderson and Naomi Watts among others. In 1992, McMahon broke into American television when he was cast as Ian Rain on the daytime drama "Another World." He also co-starred in the cable movies In Quiet Night and Another Day, executive produced by Francis Ford Coppola and starring Shannen Doherty and Brad Renfro. His other television credits include a guest starring role on "Will & Grace." On the big screen, he appeared opposite Elliot Gould in the feature film Wet and Wild Summer, and co-starred with Jeff Daniels in Chasing Sleep. He has also starred on stage, most notably in the Sydney and Melbourne productions of "Love Letters." Recently, McMahon completed a lead role in the independent film Meet Market opposite Elizabeth Berkeley, Alan Tudyk and Aisha Tyler. Julian Dana William McMahon was born on July 27, 1968, in Sydney, Australia. His father, Sir William McMahon, was a former Australian prime minister, from 1971-1972 and his mother is Lady Sonia McMahon. Julian McMahon studied Law in the University of Sydney, but dropped out to pursue a career in acting and modeling. McMahon was once married to Dannii Minogue ( married 1994-divorced 1995), younger sister of famous aussie pop star Kylie Minogue. He divorced actress and model Brooke Burns in 2001 after two years of their marriage, and with whom he has a daughter, Madison. Julian McMahon currently lives in Los Angeles, California.
Julian McMahon a Frontrunner for 007?
While he previously was believed to have passed on the role due to his Nip/Tuck schedule, UK's The Mirror now says Julian McMahon is one of two frontrunners for James Bond in the upcoming Casino Royale.
The 36-year-old Australian reportedly said: "I'm a big James Bond fan. I met the producers for a final audition. They told me to expect a decision in a couple of months and they said it was between me and one other person. It's going to be a very nervous wait."
The other person in the frame is believed to be British actor Clive Owen.
McMahon will next be seen on the big screen as Dr. Doom in 20th Century Fox's Fantastic Four.
Nip/Tuck star may squeeze into Bond role
Julian McMahon, the Australian-born star of US cable hit Nip/Tuck who will play Doctor Doom in the big screen version of Fantastic Four this summer, is the latest actor to stake his claim to the James Bond role.
McMahon says 007 producers told him the race to succeed Pierce Brosnan was between him and one other person. Franchise producers are expected to announce later this year who will become the next incarnation of the British superspy.
Clive Owen is regarded the frontrunner and has seen his stock rise in recent months with a Golden Globe win and an Academy Award nomination for Closer.
Other performers who have been associated with the role include Ewan McGregor, Stuart Townsend, Colin Farrell and Robbie Williams.
Martin Campbell will direct the 21st Bond instalment and told reporters this week the story will focus on the character's early days as a secret agent and will be grittier than previous outings, featuring a scene where Bond is threatened with castration by an enemy.
Julian McMahon on "Fantastic Four" and Playing a Villain
If Julian McMahon (Victor Von Doom/Dr. Doom in “Fantastic Four”) ever finds himself without an acting gig, there’s a career ahead of him in public speaking. McMahon had the packed crowd eating out of his hand at the 2005 Wonder Con held in San Francisco the weekend of Feb. 18-20th.
Answering questions from anxious comic book fans who were looking for a little insight into his take on the “Fantastic Four” villain, McMahon (sporting a Von Doom cap) made each of the brave souls who approached the mike feel like they were the only person in the room. By the time McMahon’s “Fantastic Four” presentation was over, the crowd had been given the opportunity to check out a new clip from the upcoming movie and had been reassured that Dr. Doom was in the hands of an actor who knew and thoroughly enjoyed the source material.
After finishing up his “Fantastic Four” panel, Julian McMahon took the time to sit down for an interview with a small group of journalists. Seeming to genuinely relish the part of the bad guy, McMahon talked at length about taking on the role of the “Fantastic Four” villain and about the physical aspects of getting into character:
You joked with the audience about being blatantly evil. Are you?
(Laughing) I am. My characters aren’t. They are not so blatant.
Was the mask hard to wear?
No, it wasn’t actually. Everything was very specific and very fitted. I can’t tell you what we went through for this job in regards to full body scans and the prosthetic process that you go through and all that kind of stuff, but everything was done very specifically to fit you perfectly. So the mask was just really easy, I’ve got to be honest. And it was great actually because it really allowed you to get into the character a little bit more maybe than without it, if that makes sense. It made you step over that boundary and go into something totally different. It was really interesting.
What was walking onto your ‘office’ set like?
That was a great moment for me because that was like the first moment I felt like I was on this $200 million movie. Up to that point I’d been shooting these tiny little scenes in little rooms. And then I stepped into Victor’s office and it was like bigger than this [meeting room]. And it’s so intimidating and it’s all made out of this cobalt, kind of cold material. It’s got all this material from the moon. It’s just bizarre. It’s made to dominate and made to make people feel inferior, and it really was just incredible. And usually when you see a movie and you get on a set, the room is half the size of what you thought it was because they use different angles and they can shoot around it. And this was kind of the opposite. Not the opposite because the footage on the movie looks enormous as well. But I mean the room was just huge.
You’re actually the fifth member of the Fantastic Four at the beginning of this movie and then you go evil, right?
Yeah. It starts off with five of us heading into space. I come back and four of them go on a very happy trip of being nice superhero-type of people, and I go the opposite direction.
Was it fun going the opposite direction?
Well, certainly. You know, it’s always fun to play the bad guy at the end of the day. And then secondly, it’s kind of fun when it’s you versus them. For most of the movie it was me against those four. And it was in many different ways. It could have been just through manipulation or it could have been through physical fights that we had, or through trying to kill them. Whatever it might be. So, yeah, it was good.
Did you have to do any wire work?
You know, there was not much wire work for any of us actors to do because the extent of what they did was so huge. I mean, they wouldn’t just throw you from this table to that wall. They’d throw you from that wall twice as far as that wall is there [said while we’re sitting in a fairly large meeting room]. I’m not kidding. So, you know, there’s just no way I’m going to do that first of all. And secondly, there’s no way they’re going to allow you to do it. There really wasn’t that much to do in regards to that type of stuff. It was done by all the stunt people – and very well done by all of them, too.
Was there a lot of blue screen involved in your scenes?
Yeah, there was a lot of blue screen but not as much as you’d think. We had kind of blue screen days and green screen days. But a lot of the time it’s set in New York City so you’re at the diner, or you’re on the bridge, or you’re in my office, or you’re in Reed’s office or something like that. And so there wasn’t as much as you felt like there was.
There was a lot of green screen happening without you even kind of realizing it, if that even makes sense. Like the space ship. There were green screens the whole way around the outside of the space ship. But they weren’t really… You didn’t feel like you weren’t in a space ship. It wasn’t just you standing around on a green screen. Whereas usually a lot of green screen work is just you on the green screen. You’ve got to pretend everything. So you had all those kind of tools with you. You didn’t have to worry about creating everything with your mind. Although I must say the whole green screen thing is a great experience for an actor I think.
How tough were the fight scenes?
That kind of stuff… I think that becomes, like we were talking about a moment ago, the green screening kind of stuff. You have to create the situation as much as possible in your head. That’s one of the reasons that I kind of thank “Charmed” for so many things and that is I spent three years pretty much working on green screen. When you work on green screen, you have to dream up everything in your head because it was just literally me in a room like this with green stuff behind me and everybody else was ‘X’ marks on these stands. You have to create the whole world and make it believable.
At first it’s intimidating because you’re just standing there on your own going, “What the f**k am I doing here?” And then once you start to get into it and you start to enjoy it, you really kind of get this freedom as an actor. It’s the same thing with those fight scenes. You have to make it… It has to be as intense as it has to be when the audience is watching it and saying here are two big powerhouses about to go against each other, which is me and Ben. When you’ve got those two going at it, you don’t get bigger. So you have to bring that to the table.
Did you have very much knowledge of the comics before shooting this movie?
Oh yeah, very much so. I used to watch the cartoons when I was like six or seven. I used to wake up at 5:00 in the morning and I remember it was on at 5:30. I’d watch “Fantastic Four” and then I think next it was “Spider-Man,” and then the guys with the Wonder Twin powers. I was a huge [fan]. I got into the comic books after watching the cartoons. I was a huge fan when I was a kid.
Dr. Doom is considered the most complex villain. Do you see him as a villain or as misunderstood?
I see him as both. I see him as initially - and this is the way we start him off in the movie, and it was really taken from the original comics, like the 56 original comics – and that is that he is a man who is pretty much reasonably egotistical, very much set on getting what he wants out of life and will do whatever he has to do and can do to make sure he gets that. So with that kind of person, that kind of mindset, I think when the circumstances happen to him that happen to him in the movie and everything kind of turns against him, I think it’s almost a natural progression for him to go.
He has villainous qualities because he will trample you. I mean, even just as a businessman before he became this Dr. Doom thing, he’d run over you if he had to. He didn’t care. It was all about business. It was all about making money and getting power. That kind of has a villainous aspect to it to a certain extent, I think, anyway. And then on top of that, I call it the disintegration of a human being. And that’s kind of what happens to him in the movie, and also what happens to him in the comics.
It’s almost tragic.
Yeah, very much so. So it’s both I think. You see the movie and you let me know (laughing).
You referred to Von Doom as a Rupert Murdock type…
I know. I shouldn’t have (laughing) and I take it back. Well, there’s only a certain few men on this planet that are visually those type of men that we know have that kind of power and money. And I think Rupert’s one of them.
Is there a comedic vibe to the film?
Yeah. You know, certainly I remember sitting with Avi [Arad] and we were doing an interview together. He said certainly that’s what they want to pull out of it. I think that definitely. I think it reminds me a little of those Harrison Ford in a “Star Wars” movie one-liner kind of “screw you” kind of lines. I mean, there’s certainly a lot of those.
I think it does try to [be comedic]. It’s hard to know whether you’ve succeeded at that until you see it. It really depends on the way that it’s cut and the way that things are set up. There’s certainly a number of comedic moments throughout it. I think what they want to do is they want to take you, ultimately, on a ride of everything.Sponsored Links
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You know what I mean? It’s an emotional ride, it’s a physical ride. It’s a comedic ride. It’s all of those things. But I have to see the movie, so don’t keep me to it (laughing).
How does what you’ve seen of “Fantastic Four” in post-production compare to what you thought it would look like when you first read the script? Is it visually what you thought it would be?
You know, the script went through so many transitions because the movie itself…this movie’s been on the way to being made for 10 years. And literally had been made once before. So it’s had so many different transgressions and so many different whatevers, but the final script that we got and started working with was really good.
That was just one of those things where we were allowed to play with anything on the day. You know what I mean? And you know sometimes you’d get a note from Tim [Story] the director, or sometimes you’d come up with a line. Or sometimes the prop guy would say, “Hey, why don’t you think about this?” Or Tom Rothman would call and say, “Get Julian to say this.” And they were all great input. It was all kind of part and parcel of really everybody coming together as a conglomerate and just trying to do the best with what we had.
I think that basically at the end of the day, you’re doing a movie for the visuals and it’s for the prosthetics. That’s kind of the biggest [thing]. That’s kind of the monkey in the room. You know what I mean? That’s the biggest thing there is. For the rest of us, it’s to fit in where we can and make everything else work as well as it can. I don’t even know what the end final script will end up being.
(Laughing) No, you don’t because I tried so many different things. I was even in ADR [Automated Dialogue Replacement] the other day and we tried a few different lines just to kind of enhance things a little bit more. You just continually try to get it to a place of where it’s the best it can be. Because it is a computer generated graphic movie, at the end of the day you want to try and make sure, because we’ve seen all those movies where you have that but then the characters don’t work. We don’t want that to happen. We want you to enjoy the characters rides, as well. It’s continually a work in progress, I think.
I’m not a comic book fan. Am I going to understand this movie?
Without a doubt. That’s one of the things that we tried really hard to do is make it for people who don’t know the comics. I mean, you want all the kids to go and see this movie. Like I was just saying on stage, I want kids to walk out of this movie just absolutely blown away. And if it doesn’t make sense, then they’re not going to be blown away. So, yeah, it has to.
We did things as quickly as possible because we want to kind of get into the meat of the movie, but we set it up and you understand who the characters are and why they’re doing what they’re doing, and their relationships with each other and blah, blah, blah, and all that kind of stuff. We tried to give you as much information as possible. You could have never known about the comic or the cartoon and go and see this and be well-fulfilled.
Coming from your perspective of being a comic book fan, how did it feel to be on stage with The Thing and with the metal arms and the green hood?
Well, you know to me, I was the kind of kid that would strap a towel around my neck and jump off the deck. And I knew that at some point in time I’d end up flying because Superman was a part of who I was. I was kind of such a ridiculously stupid child in regards to all that stuff. I had all the little toys and I’d make them fight and I’d burn them, kill them, whatever. And so to me I think anyone of those characters is like a childhood dream in a way. You grow up, you want to be Superman or you want to Batman. Dr. Doom for me was just kind of particularly interesting because he was my favorite villain. And Dr. Doom was like…I remember when ”Star Wars” came out and I was one of those nerdy little kids who’s like, “He’s such a copy of Dr. Doom.” So it’s really a boy/childhood dream come true.
What Dr. Doom-ism from the comics did you incorporate into your performance?
I guess the most important thing is the infiltration of his hand, what his hand is in the glove and all that kind of stuff. It’s everything. I tried to build on everything. You literally see him as this guy, as I am. And then he gets a cut on the side of his face and then it spreads around his face and his hands start to turn into things. What I tried to do because you know Dr. Doom, you pretty much know Dr. Doom is the guy with the mask and the hood and the glove and the hand, so I wanted to give you that evolution.
There [are] many times when you see Doom pulling on his glove or pulling off his glove or hiding those things. I tried to bring as many of those things in as possible.
But I think that the hands particularly had a big thing for me. It was so weird because when we first started shooting I had like these scenes and I had this thing going on with my hand. I didn’t know why it was happening. I had this weird thing going on with my hand and Tim comes up to me and goes, “You know, you’re always doing this [touching things] with your hands.” I’m like, “I know. I don’t know what’s going on but you’ve got to go with me on this one.” He’s like, “Alright. Whatever dude.” (Laughing) And then I realized what it was and it was the fact that there was so much about the hands, and so I wanted that to start off early. He’s kind of a man who never stands around without his hands twitching a little bit. That’s kind of the evolution of that guy and eventually what we know Dr. Doom to be.
The director wanted you to sport an accent. What was that about?
Well he comes from a place called Latveria – Dr. Doom does.
So it was a nod to the comic book?
Very much so. Yeah, yeah, yeah. And I can’t tell you how many accents I went through. It was an absolute nightmare. At the end of three weeks of shooting different accents, I just said, “I can’t do this accent thing.” And he’s like, “That’s good because we can’t understand you.”
Will you have any kind of accent in the movie?
No. Actually, I pretty much talk like myself. Every now and then I try and make it a little more Englishy or a little more rounded, as opposed to clip vowels. And get rid of my ‘r’s a little bit maybe, not so American. But it’s pretty much the way that I speak. Every now and then I’d find a moment where I could be a little more Europeany.
I wanted you to get a feel because the accent thing wasn’t working. I think it didn’t work for a couple of reasons. I didn’t have enough time to work on the accent. It was very difficult to come in with some kind of Germanic accent. It’s very difficult. All of a sudden all you’re thinking about is your accent and not your work. And then also, I think Fox just wanted a standard accent kind of thing [that] everybody could understand easily.
In the comic books your character always hated Reed Richards. What’s his beef with the rest of the team?
Well you know, he has a relationship with Sue Storm and things go astray once they head in their direction and he heads in his. Johnny and him really don’t have much of a beef with each other, aside from the fact that Johnny just becomes one of the Fantastic Four and has to set about getting rid of Victor because Victor’s kind of not the nicest guy on the planet - and quite powerful. And then Ben and Victor have always had a beef with each other. Ben’s kind of the gruff, aggressive, let’s do it kind of guy. Victor’s the more sophisticated, snotty guy who’s full of himself.
How did you enjoy working with the rest of the cast?
I loved working with them all. I did a lot of stuff with Jessica [Alba] because of obvious reasons, once you see the movie. I worked with everybody. Once Victor turns into the Dr. Doomy kind of Victor, which he’s still got my face but he’s kind of turning evil, he sets on this mission of manipulating everybody. He basically manipulates them all to turn against Reed or just to turn against each other, whatever that may be. So I got to work with everybody quite a lot.
It was great. For me it was such a breeze. I’d come off of “Nip/Tuck” and I was shooting 20 hour days, and you’re shooting fast dialogue really quickly. To go into a movie set, it just was like going for a walk in the park. And then Jessica and Ioan [Gruffudd] and Chris [Evans] and Chicky [Michael Chiklis] are just all great people. They really are and they’re all very talented.
You told the Wonder Con audience you get to take your clothes off in this...
No, I don’t. I was kidding about that actually. But Chris does and he’s mightily well built so…
Do you have a favorite scene?
Oh God, I think I have probably two favorites. There’s the Victor when he’s masked and taped and all that kind of stuff. I think my favorite scene is when he’s with Reed Richards and he’s laughing – Victor’s laughing – because he’s got Reed all tied up and screwed up and whatever (laughing). And Victor’s got these big rocket launcher things and he just uses them like they’re tiny midget toys. I just loved that because it was such a wonderful show of the power of this guy. And then I think Jessica and I had a lot of fun scenes together.
Yeah. And we have this one specific scene – I’m not going to get into it – but a specific scene which is the end of the romance, which I thought was quite wonderful. It’s great. It’s cool.
How does it feel to become an action figure?
You know how I was telling you about that scanning thing? It’s so specific. There’s one of these scanners on the planet. In fact, there was a time when we needed it on “Fantastic Four” and we couldn’t get it because it was in London. It was being flown back. It has its own jet that it gets flown in. This is how amazing and immaculate and expensive this machine is, right? But I saw my head the other day. It was [holding his thumb and forefinger an inch or so apart] this big. It’s kind of weird, to be honest, but it’s a great part of what it is. I mean, that whole franchising. That whole spreading it over from movies to toys to whatever. That, to me, is like a part of what it was when I was a kid. I went and got Darth Vader. I remember we had these magnetism things so you could whack his head off (laughing). And then you could put it back on really easily. I think it’s just very cool.
Is it a good likeness?
It’s slightly different but that’s about it. I mean, maybe the hair’s a little different or something and that was it. It’s strikingly similar. It’s ridiculous. It’s scary, actually… They have the evolution of Von Doom with the toys, too. So you’ve got him with nothing, and then with the scars, and then with the mask.
Will you return in the “Fantastic Four” sequel?
I’m signed on to do the sequel but I really have to be honest with you. The way that I would look at it if I was Fox and those guys, it just depends on how well Von Doom’s received, I think. And how well you can fit him back in again. If it works storyline-wise, and if the audience liked him originally, then I’d say they’d bring him back. That’d be a no-brainer. But if they feel like they’ve kind of done Von Doom and they need to bring in somebody else, I can understand that as well. We’ll see.
Switching to your work in “Charmed,” how was it returning for the 150th episode?
Yeah, you know, that just for me - I loved working on that show. I really did. And I loved playing that character. And the show and that character really kind of gave me a lot as far as an actor’s concerned. I feel like where I’m at now is really attributed to what they allowed me to do on “Charmed,” and what they gave me on “Charmed.” So for me I kind of feel eternally indebted to Brad Kern and all of those writers, particularly, – and the girls – for letting me be an absolute idiot and do whatever the hell I wanted. And so for me going back was a no-brainer.
Obviously, the only concern was timing and it worked out perfectly. And, you know, it’s the 150th episode. I was killed in the 100th and I come back in the 150th. I’ll go back for the 200th if they have one (laughing) and if I was asked. But it was a great character to play. It was great fun going back and filling my shoes again. It really was. It was weird for the first couple of minutes. I was like, “Who is this?” But I like the show. I think the show’s wonderful.
Do you have any news on “Nip/Tuck?”
You know on everything I do they try and kill me, and I always come back (laughing). So I’m just going to keep on coming back, I don’t care how they try. We’re going to start shooting again in June and the season is going to go up in September. It’s going to be a full release as opposed to summer, which will be our first time up against the big guys. I guess this is kind of ‘do or die’.
"Nip/Tuck" Gets a Lift
The good-hands people of McNamara/Troy will be in good hands for at least two more years.
Nip/Tuck creator Ryan Murphy has agreed to remain with the cutting-edge plastic-surgery series for two more seasons, FX announced Tuesday.
Murphy's fellow executive producers, Greer Shephard and Michael M. Robin, also are on board for TV years three and four, as is the cast, one of whom, Julian McMahon, was last seen as his self-absorbed Nip/Tuck self, Dr. Christian Troy, getting carved up by The Carver, the series' slash-happy sociopath.
"All I will say is that I believe in ghosts," Murphy said of Troy's fate in Wednesday's Los Angeles Times.
Prior to resigning, Murphy's fate was as murky as Troy's, as feature films beckoned.
The show's so-called "Dr. Frankenstein" is set to write and direct the big-screen adaptation of Running with Scissors, writer Augusten Burroughs' memoir of his anti-Norman Rockwell upbringing.
Now, Murphy will make the movie in the spring and head back to Nip/Tuck in the summer. The new season will launch in either later summer or early fall, FX said.
Murphy, who last summer talked about "hav[ing] said everything I have to say" to Tennessee's Knoxville News Sentinel, told the Times that the series' second-season finale, which aired in October, clinched his decision to return.
"People loved that last episode so much that it made me think I did have more stories to tell," Murphy said.
Nip/Tuck chronicles the unprettied-up lives, loves and surgeries of two Miami-based plastic surgeons, played by McMahon and Dylan Walsh.
Since premiering in 2003, the show has attracted award-show acclaim (it's up for three Golden Globes on Sunday), big-name guest stars (Joan Rivers and Alec Baldwin appeared in last fall's cliffhanger) and the right kind of viewers (it's basic-cable's most-watched original series among 18-to-49-year-olds).
But its content has scared off some sponsors, and inspired the ire of groups such as the Parents Television Council, whose president, L. Brent Bozell III, accused the show of revolving around "graphic sex, a surfeit of nudity and screaming-orgasm acting."
He says that like it's a bad thing.
'Nip/Tuck's' McMahon Faces Possible Doom
Julian McMahon, who plays one of the plastic surgeons on FX's "Nip/Tuck," may get a new face for the big screen. The Aussie is in negotiations to play the masked nemesis Dr. Doom in the upcoming comic book adaptation of "Fantastic Four," according to The Hollywood Reporter.
He would join Michael Chiklis, Jessica Alba, Ioan Gruffudd ad Chris Evans -- who play the titular quartet that developed strange powers after being exposed to cosmic radiation while aboard a spaceship.
Reed "Mr. Fantastic" Richards (Gruffudd) can bend or elongate any body part; Invisible Girl (Alba) has the ability to disappear; Johnny Storm (Evans), aka The Human Torch can bend fire to his will, including bursting his body into flame; and Ben "The Thing" Grimm (Chiklis) is a rocky misshapen monster with tremendous strength and a tender heart.
In the Marvel universe, Dr. Doom, born Victor von Doom, is a scientific genius who was orphaned at an early age. Bent on revenge, he conducts numerous experiments, one that explodes and causes scarring. Tibetan monks take him in, train him and fashion him body armor that includes a faceplate.
"Barbershop" director Tim Story will helm the project, which is aiming for a summer 2005 release.
If McMahon lands the role, it would be his first American studio feature. The 36-year-old Australian actor is also know for other recurring roles on the WB's "Charmed" and NBC's "Profiler."
'Nip/Tuck' star Julian McMahon has blood phobia
Nip/Tuck star Julian McMahon has admitted that he nearly didn't accept the part of Dr. Christian Troy on the show.
McMahon is so afraid of blood that he feared he might faint during one of the surgical scenes.
"I'm really squeamish and I hate blood, so this role's a real challenge," he explained.
'Nip/ Tuck's' Julian McMahon is in the air
WHEN "Nip/Tuck's" Julian McMahon got the phone call about his Golden Globe nomination for Best Actor in a Drama, he was a little peeved.
"I was actually on my way to work," says the 36-year-old Australian, who might win a Globe for playing the sex-addicted Christian on the hit FX drama about plastic surgeons. (The award show airs Jan. 16 on NBC.)
"I was just getting out of the shower, and I was running late. I thought the call was actually coming from work, someone on the set wondering where I was. And I was only seven minutes late. So I was already kind of pissed off. It's 5:30 in the morning — you can't be calling me about being seven minutes late. But it was the call saying I'd got the nomination. The only thing I could say for about 10 minutes was, 'Are you kidding?' "
When season two of "Nip/Tuck" ended in October, things were looking a bit grim for Christian. He'd survived an HIV scare only to be attacked by the serial killer The Carver.
"It doesn't look too good; I can tell you that much," says McMahon. "But he is a plastic surgeon and obviously handy with a knife, so you never know the final result until you see it."
Obviously, things are looking much better for the twice-divorced father with one daughter. First, there's that Golden Globe nomination for "Nip/Tuck," a show in a bit of flux since its creator has talked about walking away from the show (which would continue) — and the career of McMahon is exploding.
McMahon just finished work playing Dr. Doom in "Fantastic Four," the latest Marvel comic to hit the big screen as a summer blockbuster. (It comes out in July.)
His co-stars include Michael Chiklis of FX's "The Shield" and Ioan Gruffudd of the Emmy-winning "Horatio Hornblower" miniseries. Both Gruffudd and McMahon are two names often bruited about as candidates to take over the iconic role of James Bond.
"Bond is the human Superman," says McMahon, who starts filming the third season of "Nip/Tuck" sometime in the spring. "I don't know any little boy that didn't strap a towel to his neck and try to fly off the deck. And I was certainly one of those kids. And Bond is the more mature, more realistic version of that, though he's still a bit fantastical.
"I grew up watching Bond. Going to see a Bond movie was like seeing 'Star Wars' — you'd go see it six to 10 times. He'd walk into a room with a hundred guys and one lady at the bar. He'd walk up and grab himself a martini and end up beating the crap out of the hundred guys and walk out with the lady. It's like girls and Barbie."
McMahon first gained success via a Levi's jeans commercials, jumped to a "Beverly Hills 90210"-type Aussie drama called "Home and Away," and then the U.S. soap "Another World" in the early '90s. But media attention isn't a new phenomenon for McMahon — his late father was the prime minister of Australia, perfect training for being in the spotlight of Hollywood.
"Without a doubt, it had to help," says McMahon, who reads four to six scripts a week and wants to strike while the iron is hot with another movie role before diving back into "Nip/Tuck."
"It wasn't specifically discussed. I grew up in the public eye from the day I was born. For me, it became second nature. When I became somewhat of a celebrity on my own for my acting, I didn't feel like there was that much for me to learn. I had lived my life through that before, so it was very helpful."
Julian McMahon talks James Bond
Despite enjoying a lot of free press on the back of "is he the next James Bond?" rumours that circulated in the US after Julian McMahon appeared on a magazine cover in a typical 007 pose, the actor is still filling the newspaper columns on the subject.
"Bond is the human Superman," said McMahon to the New York Post. He starts filming the third season of "Nip/Tuck" sometime in the spring. "I don't know any little boy that didn't strap a towel to his neck and try to fly off the deck. And I was certainly one of those kids. And Bond is the more mature, more realistic version of that, though he's still a bit fantastical.
"I grew up watching Bond. Going to see a Bond movie was like seeing 'Star Wars' — you'd go see it six to 10 times. He'd walk into a room with a hundred guys and one lady at the bar. He'd walk up and grab himself a martini and end up beating the crap out of the hundred guys and walk out with the lady. It's like girls and Barbie."
Julian McMahon receives Golden Globe nomination as Best Dramatic Actor
ABC's "Desperate Housewives" are a little happier today -- head "Housewives" Felicity Huffman, Teri Hatcher and Marcia Cross all received nods as Best Actress in a Comedy. Debra Messing ("Will & Grace") and Sarah Jessica Parker ("Sex and the City") rounded out that category.
FX had a big day, culling three nominations in the Best Dramatic Actor category for Michael Chiklis ("The Shield"), Denis Leary ("Rescue Me") and Julian McMahon ("Nip/Tuck").
Arrested Development," which copped an Emmy last September for Best Comedy, was nominated for a Golden Globe in the same category - sharing that distinction with "Desperate Housewives," HBO's "Entourage" and "Sex and the City" and NBC's "Will & Grace."
In the Drama Series category, Fox's "24" was joined by "Deadwood" (HBO), "Lost" (ABC) "Nip/Tuck" and "The Sopranos
Julian McMahon' new movie ''The Fantastic Four''
Julian McMahon has already played his share of villains on TV. First as a devil on ''Charmed'' and then as a sexual predator (but a lovable one) on ''nip/tuck'', it almost seems like they should patent the Julian McMahon smirk. For his first feature film role, he plays Dr. Doom in ''The Fantastic Four''. Even the teaser poster of McMahon features the same smirk. Here’s a bit of info on McMahon, ''The Fantastic Four'', nip/tuck and even James Bond, from the set of ''The Fantastic Four. ''
Dr. Doom - Campy Villain or Not?: Julian McMahon could relish the role of a comic book supervillain. But will Victor Von Doom and his alter ego Dr. Doom be campy, or will Julian McMahon play it straight? “It's just about immersing myself in the role, enjoying myself and hopefully giving the fans what they want," McMahon said. "But a little bit of both, to be honest. You try and camp up it a little bit when you get those opportunities, but you don't want to look like a schmuck.”
Julian McMahon's Fantastic Four Connection: This is like playing Six Degrees of The Fantastic Four. When Julian McMahon was on Charmed, his double for an effect where he turned into a devil, was the actor who played The Thing in Roger Corman’s bootleg Fantastic Four movie. “How funny is this,” McMahon said. “Michael Bailey Smith is his name. And then I worked with the girl who played Sue Storm in the movie as well. Like the other day, she’s like, ‘I’m the original Sue Storm.’ I’m like, ‘Yeah, Dr. Doom’s not going there my dear.’”
The Future of nip/tuck: Season two of nip/tuck ended with a major cliffhanger for Julian McMahon’s character, Dr. Christian Troy. While on the set of The Fantastic Four in October 2004, McMahon was somewhat uncertain about his commitment to nip/tuck in the future. “ I’m not too sure exactly what I’m going to do in regards to nip/tuck,” McMahon said. “I don't think it will be going back into production until at least March''.
The James Bond Rumors: Julian McMahon was discussed as a front-runner candidate for the role of James Bond. While on the set of The Fantastic Four, he would neither confirm nor deny that rumor, which usually means something’s happening. “Unfortunately, it’s something I really can’t talk about,” McMahon said. “We’ll see what happens in regards to that but they’ve obviously got an extraordinary franchise which I’d be honored to be involved in at any point in time. We’ll see what happens.”
Julian McMahon and Heavy Metal: “I have started the prosthetic thing,” McMahon said two months into the shoot. “Once we all come back to earth, Victor gets a cut in his head and he starts to develop this stuff in his hand. And we’ve done this very slow evolution of this man turning into this kind of metal steel product. So the prosthetic for me so far has basically just been stuff on my face, a little bit of stuff on my face and stuff on my hand. It does develop into more of a Thing type prosthetic I believe.”
Doom Vs. Thing Make-Up: Michael Chiklis has raised the bar pretty high with his performance under foam rubber. “You can really see the evolution of the prosthetics actually containing itself inside of the actor,” McMahon said. “The prosthetics involved are so detailed and so minute and you can actually see the character of Michael underneath that face and you can see the expression on his face when he’s going through certain types of emotions. I’ve emoted with my hand about as much as you can emote for one actor.”
Film versus television: With The Fantastic Four hitting theaters in the summer of 2005, Julian McMahon could potentially have a franchise on his hands while he’s still committed to nip/tuck. Fortunately, the FX network is owned by 20th Century Fox, the producers of The Fantastic Four, and so far they are working around McMahon’s nip/tuck schedule.
“You know what the wonderful thing about this whole thing is it really all comes under the Fox umbrella,” McMahon said. “So as much as we’re on the FX network and it’s owned by Fox, Fox is an integral part of it. And there’s a kind of synergy to it that I think for me, I feel like it’s allowed me to be here. And as [Michael Chiklis] was stipulating, it’s very difficult to make these kind of things work. It’s not that easy to be in a TV show and try to upstart a movie career at the same time. The one thing that we do have is that we both work on TV shows that only work for six months of the year, which is a bonus because then you can get out and do six months of something else. And when you have these kind of guys who are willing to do whatever it takes to get whatever it is right, and that is obviously involved in the casting and the shooting and all that kind of stuff, I think you’ll eventually work things out hopefully. I’m just trying to get myself in the sequel, so.”