Michael Douglas has made some very interesting comments yesterday, discussing what he believes is a “a crisis in young American actors right now.”
According to him, today’s actors are too concerned with their looks and lack machismo.
During a recent interview with the Independent, he said: “Everyone’s much more image conscious than they are about actually playing the part.” He then went on to claim that America’s obsession with both image and social media has given the opportunity to international actors to take a top roles away from US actors.
“Clearly, it breaks down on two fronts. 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.”
He then went onto say that Australian male actors are favoured over those from the US, due to their masculinity: “In the US 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 issue I hear from casting agents is that young American actors now are very self-conscious of their image,” he went on, “So rather than playing truthful and themselves – it might be because of so much cable, so much stuff on the internet – they’re almost kind of capturing an image of what they think they should be, rather than playing it.”