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FILE - In this Jan. 5, 2012 file photo, William H. Macy, a cast member in "Shameless," poses with his wife, actress Felicity Huffman, at the premiere of the second season of the Showtime television series in Los Angeles. The second season of "Shameless," premiered Sunday, Jan. 8, 2012 on Showtime.

NEW YORK — William H. Macy has earned critical acclaim for playing nerdy asexual characters in films such as "Fargo" and "Magnolia." But he says his role as a conniving deadbeat dad on Showtime's "Shameless" series is turning him into a sex symbol.

In a recent interview, Macy says he was hit on by "two seriously good-looking women" while filming in Chicago. He was so surprised that he turned around to see if their attention was meant for someone else.

He says he couldn't wait to tell his wife, "Desperate Housewives" star Felicity Huffman.

Macy thinks the appeal is partly his longer hair. But, he says, his character is a "rascal" who's quite sexual.

Macy says he's "always felt like Tom Cruise" but looks like Howdy Doody. He says he loves the attention.