Michael Douglas Slams American Male Actors: They're Not Manly, Social Media Obsessed
By Antoinette Bueno
According to Michael Douglas, there's a crisis going on with American actors.
The 70-year-old Behind the Cadelabra star says that British and Australian actors are "taking many of the best American roles" from American actors themselves in a new interview with The Independent -- and he blames social media.
"Clearly, it breaks down on two fronts," he explains. "In Britain they take their training seriously while in the States we're going through a sort of social media image conscious thing rather than formal training. Many actors are getting caught up in this image thing which is going on to affect their range."
"There's a crisis in young American actors right now," Douglas adds. "Everyone's much more image conscious than they are about actually playing the part."
He also pointed out what he sees is a lack of masculinity in American male actors.
"With the Aussies, particularly with the males it's the masculinity," he says. "In the U.S. we have this relatively asexual or unisex area with sensitive young men and we don't have many Channing Tatums or Chris Pratts, while the Aussies do. It's a phenomena."
The Ant-Man actor is now looking to cable television to provide quality entertainment, rather than cinema.
"There's a lot of good stuff being made in the cable area, good writing there," he says. "Kramer vs Kramer, those great mainline films ... aren't being made anymore [for cinema] but are in a different delivery system. Most of the great screen writers have gone into the cable area because that’s where they can also produce."