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Playing the part of habitually shirtless Sawyer on “Lost” made Josh Holloway a sex symbol, but the actor and former model finds that hot-bod status more of a burden than a boon.
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updated 1/26/2009 9:53:49 PM ET 2009-01-27T02:53:49

Playing the part of habitually shirtless Sawyer on “Lost” made Josh Holloway a sex symbol, but the actor and former model finds that hot-bod status more of a burden than a boon.

In an interview with Company magazine, Holloway revealed the downside of looking too good for his own good.

“The whole sex-symbol thing is really strange,” he explained. “I wouldn't wish it on anybody. I appreciate the opportunity to work, the cash it gives you, and other things it provides are wonderful. But the celebrity thing... I don't like attention. Like anybody, it's impossible not to feel self-conscious if someone's looking at you all the time, everywhere you go.”

The problem goes beyond Holloway’s personal discomfort with the trappings of fame, as the star admits unwanted attention from well-meaning fans even affects his marriage.

"If someone approaches me and asked for a picture and I say no, then I'll feel like an ass,” he said. “But if I say OK, I'll often end up doing another picture and another. Then my wife gets upset and we have a fight and that's not good either."

West ‘affected’ by 50 Cent’s digs
The long-running friction between rap stars 50 Cent and Kanye West is a one-way rivalry, according to West. The 10-time Grammy Award-winner considers himself a 50 Cent fan, but recently confessed the frequent pot shots from his hero take a toll.

“Just as a real human being, I can’t say that it doesn’t affect me,” West confessed in an interview with Bossip.com. “I was such a fan of 50. . . 50 is one of those rappers that I said was the end-all be-all of what rap was supposed to be. Like a true iconic rapper.”

West, who claimed he never had a “beef with anybody,” explained that his admiration for 50 Cent is the reason he takes the professional digs to heart.

“So, for me as a fan of him, I felt like if he said something negative and tried to make it like I’m negative, it’s almost like if a little kid walks up to you at the airport and is like, ‘Man, I love you so much,’ and then you spit on him,” West said, adding, “It’s like, ‘I don’t know if I love you as much as I used to,’ as you wipe the spit off your face, but you still play their music.”

Paul McCartney may marry again
Wedding bells may be ringing once more for Beatles legend Paul McCartney.

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Less than a year after putting his acrimonious divorce from Heather Mills behind him, McCartney is said to be ready to wed girlfriend Nancy Shevell.

Speaking to the Daily Mirror, an insider revealed the 66-year-old even has the support of friends and family who were against his marriage to Mills.

"Getting (daughter) Stella's seal of approval was very important for Paul,” the insider said. "All Paul's children had massive reservations about Heather — but it was Stella who was the most vociferous… Stella has told friends that Nancy would make an ideal stepmother”

One reason for the reservations-free review of Shevell may be her own riches.

“Unlike Heather, Nancy is a multimillionaire in her own right and therefore could never be portrayed as being interested in Sir Paul for his money,” a friend told the Mirror.

Dish on the fly
Despite weight loss and big screen nude scenes, Kate Winslet still frets about her form. "As a young girl, I never felt attractive,” she told the Telegraph. “I was fat and unhappy at times, and that kind of thinking stays with you your entire life. There's always going to be a part of me that worries about not looking as slim as other actresses.” … “X-Men” star Hugh Jackman takes his work home with him — at least the costumes. The actor recently revealed his on-screen look is a big off-screen turn-on for wife, Deborah Lee-Furness. “She loves me in costume because it makes her feel like she’s having an affair — in a good way,” Jackman said in quote published in The Sun. “I played a prisoner with tattoos and she’d say, ‘Don’t take your tattoos off tonight!’”

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