The Wonders Boys actor believes, In the US we have this asexual or unisex area with sensitive young man and we don't have Channing Tatums or Chris Pratts
Michael Douglas is seriously concerned about the way British and Australian actors are taking roles from American actors and becoming a more preferred choice for the filmmakers.
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“There is something going on with young American actors – both men and women – because Brit and Australian are taking many of the best American roles from them.” Douglas, who belongs to that era of Hollywood when industry was dominated by the U.S. talent, told The Independent.
For Douglas, U.S. actors lack machismo whereas Australians take pride in exhibiting masculinity.
“With the Aussies, particularly with the males it’s the masculinity. In the US we have this relatively asexual or unisex area with some sensitive young men and we don’t have Channing Tatums or Chris Pratts, while the Aussies do. It’s a phenomena.” Douglas said.
The 70-year old “The Wonder Boys” actor believes that it all comes down to the social media obsession which is making actors more concerned about their images instead of their characters, an aspect which is taken seriously in other two regions.
“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 to affect their range.”
“There’s a crises in young American actors right now. Everyone’s much more image conscious than they are actually playing the part.”
Recently fellow actor Dustin Hoffman lamented the present state of the film industry, claiming that film is “worst it has ever been”. Douglas commented that many other outlets especially cable are open now which are fulfilling most of the responsibilities that had been traditionally performed by cinema in the past.
“I understand what he’s saying, but I think you have to look at the delivery system. There’s a lot of good stuff being made in the cable area, good writing there. Kramer vs. Kramer, those great mainline films he was in aren’t being made anymore (for cinema) but are in different delivery system.”
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Michael Douglas’ latest project is superhero film Ant-Man, which is set to make a debut in Hollywood on July 17, 2015. Douglas is playing Hank Pym, a physicist who creates the suit which makes it possible for Ant-Man to shrink to the size of an insect.