When quizzed about being compared to Pitt, Akshay quips, "I feel like someone has taken my Porsche and replaced it with a Ferrari. It's the kind of compliment that makes you feel fabulous but you can't show it. You are just supposed to nod your head and say thank-you." The Canadian PM was in Mumbai recently and met Akki, the sole Indian torchbearer for the Winter Olympics to be held in Vancouver in February.
Akshay has also being voted as the sexiest man alive this year by People magazine. Does he feel sexy? "Are you kidding me? It takes a woman to make a man feel sexy. I have never been able to look at myself in the mirror and say, 'Wow! Akshay you are looking hot today'. I have very low self-esteem. I only feel sexy when my wife looks up at me and squeezes my hand with pride. That's when I feel desirable."
Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper has referred to Akshay Kumar in an interview to the international edition of Harper's Bazaar as India's answer to Hollywood actor Brad Pitt. Says a source close to Akshay, "The premier referred to the actor as B-Town's answer to Brad Pitt as he felt that Akshay has the same charm and star appeal."