My guess would be, yes. I imagine it would feel different to hear it from someone who knows his insides and still finds him attractive.
But then he'd have to start taking the idea of his own sexiness seriously, wouldn't he? He couldn't just write off "sexy" as something that's only about the surface.
I don't know if he'd have to take it seriously. Maybe he'd have to cop to being as shallow as everyone else.
He falls in love (or at least he describes having fallen in love) with a bang, in an instant, based only on the woman's appearance. He's just as much a beauty whore as anyone who falls for him based on nothing but his eyes, he just has a face that makes people fall in love back. People, including him, respond to beauty, I don't think there's anything anyone can do about that. For me, it's the difference between those who believe their beauty makes them more valuable than those who are less attractive, and those who recognize the luck of the draw and don't put themselves above others because they've been blessed with a delicious face that people respond to. I've never had the feeling that he puts himself above others because of his appearance, but that doesn't mean he doesn't appreciate the perks that come with beauty. Or that he isn't sometimes annoyed by the excessive attention paid to his appearance.
I for one think that he's well aware of his physical appeal. I think the responses he gives are to level out his own ego and that's how he's stayed so amazingly humble all these years. Being an intelligent person,by default,he looks down on making a big deal out of something like physical appeal or treating people differently for it. But being human, he must be affected by compliments thrown at him on a daily basis.And the compliments in regards of looks and physical appeal are of course heavily integrated with the basic instincts so there's a certain indulgence for all human beings in hearing them even if they like to resist it. When I watch interviews where the interviewer gushes endlessly about his looks in his face or when someone from the crowd screams that they "want to have his babies",I have to cringe and wonder how much of that can a person take without becoming vain or too full of themselves.My feeling is that he sort of cringes the same way at the notion of how absurd the overstating of this matter is,and therefore he tries to level out his own ego by saying something so opposite. That's why it also sounds genuine,b/c it's not fake humility. It's what he wishes to remind himself despite the fact that he's aware of his appeal. That is what I think about his idea of his physical appeal.But about self-worth or self-image,those are much harder to change in an adult b/c they're much more complicated,deeply rooted and involve more factors. I think that's where his idea of himself fluctuates a lot. Or at least that's how it comes across. At times he seems very proud and happy with himself and with what he's accomplished,but at others it seems he finds all the "hoopla" ridiculous and much more than his "worth",or maybe worse.
That makes a lot of sense, Sharin. I've thought something like that too--I mean, the sheer exaggeration of it. We're part of that, of course. The microscope he's under. The way we talk, you'd think it was like "Man Found with World's Largest Penis." But it's because he's in the public eye and so attractive and interesting in so many ways. And many other attractive and interesting and quirky and idiosyncratic and intelligent and creative people--ourselves included--don't get that degree of attention because we're not in the public eye. And he knows that, and that's why it seems absurd. Because it is absurd. But to go all the way to the other extreme and say "I'm not sexy"--that's the part I don't get, but your thought about him being that extreme about it just to try to balance that out for himself makes a lot of sense.
Thinking too about how Marilyn Manson said that Johnny is honestly surprised that girls want to talk to him. But there's someone else, another pal, I forget who, that said that Johnny's aware of the effect he has on women and enjoys it but also doesn't care about it, ego-wise.
You guys are so insightful, articulate & funny altogether I can hardly STAND IT. All the aforesaid perceptions seem true to me. Perhaps I'm repeating what someone has said but he must try to keep himself balanced because, as Phig said, what he looks like is the luck of the draw tho he does keep himself generally in good shape. I think to be acknowledged for his acting, acts of kindness mean more to him because it's something he can choose to work at; it's not just an accident, like his looks are.
In addition, he also might be equating male "sexiness" with suave confidence around women. In other words, a man who is considered sexy would be a man who is comfortable flirting with and talking up females. I don't think he's really that comfortable doing that so doesn't consider himself sexy. Just extrapolating.
Don't ever take shit off of anyone, ever~ BettySue "... there appears to be nothing he can do about the tenacity of his beauty."~Decca Aitkenhead
"First of all, I wouldn't fuck with someone with a dead bird on their head."~J.Depp
Huh. That makes sense too. Never thought of that. He does seem very conscious of his own self-consciousness with women. It's cute, too, to see him get flustered and nervous around attractive female interviewers...
I like to watch that interview at the rango premiere for "E" online with the big curvy blonde in a blue strapless gown. She's positively amazonian next to him but the way they flirt is really cute (to me -- I'm sure others might react differently).