Chad Michael Murray drops the 'Michael,' wants to work with Aronofsky and Scorsese

Chad Michael Murray of "One Tree Hill" fame is on the cover of the April issue of Troix magazine, but he's sans his most defining feature.

Don't worry, he still has his unfortunate facial hair. He's dropped his middle name and will henceforth be known as simply Chad Murray. So basically, if you haven't forgotten all about him since he left "One Tree Hill" two years ago, you probably will now.

Unless, of course, he gets his dream, which is to work with Darren Aronofsky, Martin Scorsese or Terry Gillam. "I love 'The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus,'" he says. "It's what film should be about. It's true imagination where you go anywhere. It was just so beautiful. Definitely one of my top 10 films."

Murray mugs for the camera and talks about his six years on "One Tree Hill" -- though there's no word yet as to whether he's returning for the series finale. (We doubt it, since his on-screen wife, Hilarie Burton, has confirmed that she's not coming back.)

"I'm grateful to have had it. I'm fortunate to have had it. I learned so, so very much from so many people. I was able to kind of grow up and become the man I'm becoming today. I just feel very fortunate to have been in that position, to be in Wilmington, North Carolina, to be in place that's kind of smaller than Los Angeles. It's just different. I enjoyed my experience there."

Murray also spent a season in Wilmington before "One Tree Hill" began, when he played Charlie on "Dawson's Creek." He still closely follows the work of his former "Creek" co-star, Joshua Jackson. "the one show I haven't missed an episode of in its three seasons is 'Fringe.' Love 'Fringe.' I love the cast. It's fantastic."