Josh Duhamel claims even his friends were skeptical when he told them he was going to be on the cover of Men’s Health, people.com reports. “You’re going to be on the cover of Men’s Health?” he recalled them saying. “You?”

In fact, Duhamel, 36, tells the fitness magazine that he wants to be remembered for his talent, not just his rugged good looks. And he laughs off those widely seen nude photos taken of him by photographer Greg Gorman in 2000. “To me, it’s funny at this point. Whatever. It’s done,” he said. “It was very cold in the studio, by the way.”