In an interview with Men's Journal, Oscar-winning thesp, rabid Lakers fan and consummate ladies' man

Jack Nicholson

(right) reveals that he is not the invincible manly man we have come to expect. No, Jack has

fears

.

"You know, I'm phobically frightened of public speaking in a way that I find very unattractive," Jack said. "I get my household in a dither before such occasions. I call in everybody for their two cents."

Jack is shy when it comes to his heroes. "I don't know that I want to be on intimate terms with people that I really admire," said Jack, whose heroes include NBA coach

Phil Jackson

and baseball great

Joe Torre

.

Jack, who was married to

Sandra Knight

from 1962 to 1968, might be a playboy, but he's old school when it comes to one thing: He loathes quickie marriages. "Try to at least understand what in the name of conscience it is you're doing in entering marriage," he said, "something I obviously did not fulfill."

Lohan: I was sober!

Lindsay Lohan

denies allegations she was like totally blotto during an '05 incident when she drove her Mercedes-Benz into a van and injured its driver,

Raymundo Ortega

. LiLo is being sued for negligence by Ortega, a busboy, who says that before the crash, he saw the then-underage starlet belt down a few at the Ivy restaurant, near Beverly Hills.

"I did not consume an alcoholic beverage or any type of medication or drug" before or during a stop at the Ivy, Lohan states in papers filed last week in L.A. Superior Court. A waiter from the Ivy, which is also named in Ortega's $200,000 suit, has filed a declaration stating that Lohan did not order any booze.

Lohan is countersuing Ortega on the basis of a California Highway Patrol report which says the busboy was at fault in the accident because he made an illegal U-turn.

Brush with the law

Atlanta hip-hopper

Yung Joc

(

Jasiel Robinson

), who was busted Sunday in Cleveland for trying to take a loaded semi-automatic handgun onto a Delta Air Lines flight, added dim-witted insult to doltish injury by skipping his arraignment yesterday. This means that the 27-year-old artist, who was to be booked on a felony charge of carrying a concealed weapon, is now also a fugitive.

Mr. Joc's lawyer

Stanley Jackson Jr.

, apologized to the judge and said his client skipped court because he had family obligations. Yung Joc, whose '06 debut CD,

New Joc City

, sold one million copies, says he did not know the gun was in his totebag when he went to the airport. (Don't you hate when that happens?)

Martha's jail-time fun time

Domestic Daeva

Martha Stewart

gave her demonic devotees a real treat on the Christmas Day episode of her TV show: She showed off a ceramic Nativity scene she made during those halcyon days she spent behind bars at a West Virginia prison in '05.

Martha lovingly molded, baked and glazed the

entire

scene - consisting of nearly a dozen figures, including baby

Jesus

,

Joseph

,

Mary

and three camels - in just five months. Regularly, inmates are only allowed to fire off one figure a month.

"Even though every inmate was only allowed to do one a month," Martha said, "I begged because I said I was an expert potter - ceramicist, actually - and could I please make the entire Nativity scene."

Remember, that's

ceramicist

, actually.

ADL & Smith kiss and makeup

The Anti-Defamation League yesterday said it accepts

Will Smith

's explanation that remarks he made about

Adolf Hitler

to a newspaper were not meant to be taken as praise.

"We welcome and accept Will Smith's statement that Hitler was a 'vicious killer,' " said

Abraham H. Foxman

, national director of the ADL in a statement.

It all began when Scottish paper the Daily Record quoted Will saying that in Hitler's own mind he probably thought he was a good man. Before quoting Will, the writer made the incorrect observation that "remarkably, Will believes everyone is basically good," implying that even Hitler was good.

The karaoke factor

A national survey by Ladies' Home Journal found that 24 percent of Americans would rather go to a karaoke party with

Hilary Clinton

than any other presidential candidate from either party.

Barack Obama

was second, at 15 percent.

'L&O' cast changes

"What's

he

doing there?!" quips

Jeremy Sisto

, formerly of NBC's

Kidnapped

(R.I.P.) and of HBO's

Six Feet Under

(R.I.P), when he spots himself on film in an episode of

Law & Order

.

Sisto, who was a perfect teen psychokiller in

Hideaway

, tells the Associated Press that he has joined

L&O

for its 18th season as Detective Cyrus Lupo, who will be partnered up with Detective Ed Green (

Jesse L. Martin

).

The understated

Linus Roache

also joins the cast as chief assistant district attorney Michael Cutter, replacing

Sam Waterston

's (insufferably self-righteous, yet so huggable) Jack McCoy, who has been elected as the district attorney.

(Here's a nice stat: The A.P. says Sisto and Roache become the 23d and 24th actors to fill the show's six slots for cops and prosecutors. But is either a ceramicist, actually?)

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